Obama heir to Nixon

Obama is using Nixon as his mentor. Obama won his election with the help of 8% of the conservative vote. That was something I learned from the linked article. The idea that Obama is acting more like Nixon than Raygun has not been lost on many Conservatives. While Fox News and conservative talking heads scream about the evil Obama the think tank Conservatives are seeing the results of the Obama reign which is NOT liberal. Nice to know that the Conservative pundits agree with me, that Obama is a conservative.

Obama continues the Bush/Cheney blueprints for Iraq. Obama covers up for the Bush/Cheney war crimes and adds a few of his own. Whatever shadow group appointed Obama to run for the white house made a brilliant move. The Democrats got out foxed. Put a guy on the ballot who can run as an African-American democrat but who is really a White Kansas Republican (like his grandfather) and the idiots will come out to vote. The plus was that he could make pretty speeches but only when his teleprompter is working. His electioneering speeches were mostly empty words and empty promises. Global warming will not have changed after Obama’s eight years. With the fracking and coal and the Keystone pipeline thanks to Obama – future generations will not think kindly of us alive today.

Obama has jailed whistleblowers in vast numbers – more than any other Presidents combined. Obama runs a secretive and dishonest ship. Of the African-Americans who supported him faithfully – they haven’t seen much improvement in their lives – that is the ones who survive an encounter with trigger happy cops. Women who helped put Obama in office got tossed under the bus.

Anyway it is nice to know that Conservatives are now acknowledging Obama as one of theirs. Too bad the other side, still can’t see the Fox in the chicken coop.

Want to know why I’m an Independent? Underneath the political promises and speeches, there isn’t a whole lot of difference. Under both parties the line between the haves and have none has gotten wider. The rich have gotten richer, way richer under Obama. Global warming is worse, children aren’t better off. Poverty has increased to the point that one third of Americans are either near the poverty line or below the poverty line. Ruth Bader Ginsburg knows – that’s why her voice is getting stronger. Bless her.

So now we are supposed to vote again, my choices are GOP or GOP light. My congress critter votes conservative, making it easier for the spies to spy on everyone. He hasn’t seen a war he doesn’t like. Social programs – not important. He has joined with the GOP in dismantling the social safety net. Yet he claims to be a democrat. He came into office on the Obama bandwagon. The whole state democrat party sold out to Obama. The Obama party. Most democrats never even noticed that the democratic party no longer exists. When the dem headquarters was moved to Chicago to become part of the dirty Chicago political machine – that was when the old democratic party died. That would be FDRs party, and Truman’s party and JACks party. You know back in the last century.

So I will be voting third party. Not that it really matters. But I do honor the women who fought for our right to vote. So I vote, because I live in one of two states that makes votes easy and painless. Standing in line for hours to vote – that happens in third world countries.

South Florida

South Florida has voted to break away from north Florida and become the 51st State of the U.S.

Good idea or not?

If the northern half of the state continues to ignore the fact that global warming is happening, faster than the scientists have predicted – then the only option is for South Florida to go for the 51st spot. There is a U.S. Senator who would be left adrift – that would be a good thing as well. We need more Senators who will be more likely to represent their constituents, which is more likely, if high population states are broken up.

More information on South Florida, personally I believe Northern California should split from Southern California.

Dallas and Ebola

The more we learn about how that Dallas hospital mismanaged the first Ebola case makes me question the medical education and knowledge of the folks running the medical system.

First the hospital sends the Ebola patient home and then changes their story.

So he returns, this time very ill,and he isn’t put in isolation immediately ??????

Is this an example of a hospital run by a CEO with zero background in medicine or biology or science. I have heard doctors say that the don’t make the decisions on patient care, that’s made by the bean counters upstairs.

What happened in Dallas is scary.

We haven’t been hit by a massive epidemic – like a killer flu – but it could happen. Hospitals and our health care isn’t prepared.  I’m not terribly concerned that Ebola will be a major problem in America. But what if the next flu outbreak is the one that is missed?

The bottom line, loved by medical insurance stockholders and CEO s – is just what a super bug needs.

Here is some more do not panic over Ebola information. There is a link in the article link above. It appears that the Ebola patient is most infectious when near death. That would be logical for a parasitic infection dependent on a host. Like the horror movies where the evil parasitic spirit must jump to a new host to survive. Cut off the possibility for the evil ghost to jump bodies before the old host becomes useless to the evil ghost. Writers need to get their ideas somewhere.

Old news is new news again

Update -this article by Ian Welsh is a must read. The projected deaths are now target at 10,000 per week. Why Africa can’t handle Ebola.

I may seem like a Debbie Downer in my blog posts – check out the other articles on Ian Welsh’s blog – take a look at the stuff I skipped. When most of the money in the world is in the hands of the .01% and world wide poverty is growing we are in crisis. Someone pointed out that all of us are living in an isolation ward – called earth.

The U.S. had a real test on Ebola response -grade was a Fail. The patient with Ebola was sent home. There is no excuse for what happened in Dallas. The dingbat doctors started out by blaming the intake nurse. I am concerned that the next patient will also slip through the “no insurance go away” hole. Our health care system is still crap. What we have is a welfare system for health insurance companies. Doctors in ER rooms may not be part of a patient’s approved providers list. So a paid visit to the ER room is not covered when patients are still getting separate bills for thousands of dollars of out of network doctors.

As the Ebola epidemic rages we will learn how our over priced medical care system handles the next patient. And the next. The ones at greatest risk at the health care workers at the patient intake level. This is were the training and money for wages needs to go.

If Ebola does get a foothold in the U.S. it will hit the third world part of our country. The places where the health care structure doesn’t reach. Like all the public health hospitals that have closed under GW Bush and then Obama care. Just when we need public health hospitals – most have closed their doors. Urban areas with an overload of high poverty are most likely to be hit – if hospital follow the Dallas, Texas what not to do, model. Even in rural areas there are small communities with a high concentration of poverty. Education is the first line of defense for all of us. Right now the talking heads are doing a poor job of educating. This reminds me of the early days of the HIV-AIDS epidemic. For a contemporary comparison, one legislator in the south wants to ban from his state, the cremated ASH from an Ebola patient.

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The blaming has begun about Ebola. The CDC points out that the drastic budget cuts the agency has endured means that the Ebola vaccine is not ready. This is a creditable complaint from the head of the CDC. The folks on the frontline of plagues and epidemics has been warning for years that the GOP budgets could result in exactly the scenario playing out in Dallas, Texas.

The very anti science, GOP who cut the budget of anything that might benefit the citizens are now screaming bloody murder. They are scared and ignorant, poor dears. Science wasn’t their subject – they don’t comprehend the science stuff.

Read the headlines from memorandum.com – the talking heads are panicking, the politicians are panicking. We have one case from Africa who was sent home, rather than treated. One health care worker from the Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola. At least the health care worker was identified quickly.

There are a few positive outcomes possible from this world wide stupidity – more awareness of that swift action medical teams are needed, when an epidemic breaks out in lesser developed countries. So far Cuba has had the best response time. Cuba sent real doctors. I’ve interviewed Caribbean citizens who will travel to Cuban staffed medical clinics. They get better care from the Cuban medics than from most western trained doctors. There’s a first hand account by American reporter, Kate Oberdorfer, who was treated by Cuban doctors in Cuba. “It’s Time to talk About Cuba.” Her story is similar to the ones told by citizens of Guyana. Venezuela is east of Guyana, on the northern part of South America. The U.S. media isn’t covering this story.

Don’t you find it educational to watch the politicians play at pretending to care what happens to people “over there”? We all ready know which politicians will be clutching their pearls. Next they’ll be calling for hearing. “Why did the CDC fail?” Fox news talking heads will be beating the ritual sacrifice drums.

The U.S. only has a limited amount of money – and that is being used to fund endless wars. Israel needs more money to stock up for war on – who the hell knows? Meanwhile some children are not getting enough to eat. That tells us about the priorities of the politicians. I’ve gotten tea partiers to agree on that point.

The legacy parties are a failure. Both parties have chosen the path of increasing the divide from the haves and have damn little. Both sides are at war with other. My question is do our votes even matter and are they counted?

We the people aren’t stupid, give us the fact we will make the right decision. But we aren’t being told the truth. We are constantly being lied to. The media does their job and repeats the lies. Does anyone believe anything will change after this “critical” election?

Same old news. Obama is a war President. Obama orders people killed and if the drones miss — who cares it happened “over there”. Cut research funding and thousand of people die “over there” – who cares. That’s old news – but hey the politicians get air time and the talking heads get to practice their excited, gaspy voices.

Ebola updates & linked articles

The newest links and information will be posted here at the top.
7 October 2014 – News item about Cuba sending doctors to Ebola hotspots in Africa. Same article says world is criticizing Israel for doing nothing. After criticism put Israel in a bad light the foreign minister now say they will do something. Doing any just talk are two different things. Cuba has medical personnel in Africa now with more on the way.

Well a GOP nitwit is using Twitter to demonstrate his astonishing lack of knowledge. He can Twitter and thus one would think he could Google for accurate information on Ebola. Nope. This assh#le wants anyone with Ebola to be put down. His Twitter posts are a testimony to the willful and deliberate stupidity of a select species of human. Ebola is not 100% lethal.
This quote from the Guardian article below from some with real knowledge of Ebola and treatment outcomes counters Mr. Dumb ass’s tweets: “Whether a person survives or doesn’t is greatly dependent on when they present for treatment,” she said, “having appropriate treatment and where they get it.”

Guardian news has this article with information about the survivability percentages depending on an early diagnosis and early treatment. That medical staff in Dallas that turned away patient #1 . . . . But then there are stories of the poor being turned away or refused care, dying on the waiting room floor in LA. Add Ebola to the mix – poor people having little access to medical care – both in Liberia and in big city USA – that is where epidemics grow and fester. Dallas screwed up, neither the nurse nor the software was to blame. Treating an epidemic – or avoiding an epidemic and a pretty business model don’t play well together.

Across the US, health experts and officials have insisted that the US has the infrastructure and resources to combat the disease. The reason the disease is so deadly in west Africa is because of the poor health systems in place, they say.

“The biggest misconception is its fatality rate,” said Aileen Marty, professor of infectious diseases at Florida International University, answering questions during a Reddit AMA.

Marty spent a month treating Ebola patients with the WHO and CDC in Nigeria.

“Whether a person survives or doesn’t is greatly dependent on when they present for treatment,” she said, “having appropriate treatment and where they get it.”

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Good thing the LIbertarians (political party and political philosophy) are not in charge of public health in the U.S.. The blog post at this link does a good job of reviewing poor media coverage of the Ebola out break in Africa. And then as patients arrive in the U.S. Hint – fear sells news.

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The news on Ebola is evolving so for my convenience I am posting links and updates below. The link to my earlier article about the Dallas, TX case of Ebola is here.

News about the trickling into Africa Ebola hotspots of U.S. Military personnel. Numbers reported are not consistent. The goal seems to be about 4,000. The stock photos do not look encouraging. Photos of military guys wearing camouflage ponchos and carrying rifles.

More on the mishandling of the Dallas, Texas Ebola case. INSURANCE. In other words who is going to pay. From the first days of the roll out of Obamacare my concern was what happens if America has an epidemic? The privatization of health care and promotion of health insurance will be meaningless if we are hit by an air borne flue like virus. The flue epidemic of 1918 comes to mind. Or there was a huge epidemic during the Census year 1860. That epidemic impacted data collection – which is probably why we have some idea how wide spread the 1860 epidemic was.

But in addition to lapses at the Dallas hospital where Duncan is being treated, officials say they are fielding inquiries from hospitals and health workers that make it clear that serious questions remain about how to properly and safely care for potential Ebola patients.

A CDC official said the agency realized that many hospitals remain confused and unsure about how they are supposed to react when a suspected patient shows up. The agency sent additional guidance to health-care facilities around the country this week, just as it has numerous times in recent months, on everything from training personnel to spot the symptoms of Ebola to using protective gear.

Ebola again in a Third world country

Update: Nigeria has contained Ebola within its own borders. Case #1 was quickly identified as well as everyone he came came in contact with. All of those people were monitored and health workers helped to educate the public. Nigeria has a public health system in place. There have been no new cases well past the incubation period of this virus. 19 people were infected from this one person.

In Africa Ebola spreads from contact with body fluids. Those of us who are armchair world watchers have picked up the basic information of how this plague is spread. Touching, skin to skin contact. Handling the sick or dying or dead bodies. How long does Ebola survive outside of the body? My guess is probably not very long. But I have seen no research data.

In America, one would think, that medical professionals and anyone who might come in contact with a potential Ebola patient would have the very basic knowledge of how this disease is spread. Texas is the size of a country and could be considered a Third world country. I’ve been in Texas several times and I even have relatives who live in Texas. I have also visited third world countries – many parts of Texas could be classified as third world.

The very worst place for an Ebola patient to show up is exactly where the first undiagnosed airline passenger is now getting attention, Dallas, Texas. Short story the Ebola patient now in Dallas had contact with an undiagnosed Ebola patient in Africa.

In many places in Africa, the medical system is overwhelmed and people who could be ill with any number of diseases are not being diagnosed and isolated. So in a Third world country sick people are being turned away from the ER rooms because there is no room at the hospitals or clinics.

In the Countries with Ebola epidemics, protective gear for non medical workers is in short supply. So family members faced with any sort of illness have no way to isolate and let alone protect themselves from the Ebola in vomit, sweat, blood and poop etc. That is a Third world country. Poor, uneducated masses who can’t protect themselves, even if they tried.

Back to the third world part of the U.S. – Dallas, Texas. After the second trip to the hospital the medical “professionals” finally figure out that they are dealing with Ebola. The first group of medical persons are now finger pointing. The nurse never passed on the information that the black guy was from one of those Ebola places. Could it be that the superior doctors did the usual and ignored the nurse, since she is “just” a nurse? Doctors have a bad habit of not listening. Whatever. The chance to get the sick patient who was undiagnosed into isolation was missed.

The intake point of contact is where the training MUST be focused.

If there is the slightest question, then this intake professional can make all the difference. At this point the focus should have been on either confirming or disregarding an Ebola diagnosis. But that is not how medical treatment operates in third world countries. Money, money, money. We will never know the truth of the first contact of the undiagnosed Ebola patient.

So now this undiagnosed Ebola patient is turned away and he returns to where he was staying. His condition worsens and an ambulance is called. Did the EMTs have protective gear? At least the patient was so ill and this time Africa and Ebola got the attention of the medics. Diagnosis at last. Click on the link for photos and more links with information about Ebola.

The next step is to sterilize the place where Ebola patient was staying. Back to third world nation status. Keystone Kops time again. Of course anyone who had contact with patient #1 must be kept in isolation and monitored. These people also need to eat, the people in charge of “public” health seem to be clueless. Evidently no plans are in place to handle a potential epidemic. To stop the spread of Ebola, identify and treat victims, identify everyone who had any contact with the victim. Monitor everyone who had contact and as soon as any symptoms show, put that person in isolation. Oh – the use of protective gear is vital for medics. That much should be obvious from the photos and video coming from the Ebola hot zones.

The contaminated room that #1 was staying in needs to be cleaned and bedding burned. No cleaning service wanted the job and public health really has no clue of what to do – besides isolate everyone in the apartment where #1 was staying.

The clean up crew were not wearing protective gear while handling the sheets. We armchair opinionaters have seen how the medics in Africa are wearing hazmat gear, gloves, masks and clothing. Obviously the cleaning crew in Dallas, Texas isn’t dealing with a dead body, but one would expect them to wear gloves, masks and booties, at the very least. There is an aerial photo of a worker using a large sprayer to clean the ground where patient #1vomited on the ground. Since the ground is very dry, it is easy to see where the liquid from the sprayer is spreading. Hopefully the Ebola contamination on the ground was already neutralized by not having a new host to feed on.

My point is that workers who might be the first contact with undiagnosed Ebola patients need to be thoroughly trained and then be allowed to use their judgment on temporary isolation of potential Ebola victims. Workers who will be cleaning up any possible contamination by Ebola victims need to be trained to protect themselves. Choosing a cleaning crew should depend on common sense and not merely the lowest bidder willing to send out a crew. All members of the crew must be trained.

With Ebola – ignorance is how this disease spreads. Ignorance how how medics and workers can avoid contamination. Doctors learning to LISTEN to even the lowest level staff who will have first contact with undiagnosed Ebola victims.

Evolution is real and Ebola is and example of the rapid evolution of the Ebola virus is happening now. Read the linked article to understand what the world risks if more aid doesn’t flow into the Ebola hot spots – immediately. Obama’s response has been underwhelming. If Ebola evolves into an airborne virus – we are all in deep shit. This isn’t about politics or religion this is about the real world of epidemics and how the virus replicates very quickly. The virus has absolutely no concern about the identity of the victims. The wealthy 1% should be focusing on the eradication of Ebola in Africa, right now, rather than buying elections and buying politicians who will do the bidding of their owners.

It is not panic time yet. We had a wake up call with the undiagnosed Ebola victim. But keep in mind that the Ebola virus is evolving. The more chances this virus has with more victims – one possible outcomes of the huge number of dice tosses, could be a new way to spread. If this happens the survivalist are going to be saying – told you all to stock up for the end of the world.

This virus respects no one.

Here is another story which answered my question – did the ambulance drivers wear any protective gear? No, not until the sick individual’s relative told the medics to use gloves and masks because her relative might have a virus. Also according to this article the virus can remain active outside the body for perhaps hours -depending on the type of surface with the Ebola virus and exposure to sunlight.

10 At ‘High Risk’ As Crews Race To Contain Ebola In U.S. – http://huff.to/Z3rCaX

Which is the accurate story? This one with the clean up crew wearing had me gear or the photos from the story with the clean up crew wearing little to no protective gear?

U.S. Nurses: We Can’t Handle Ebolahttp://huff.to/YZZB47

Of course they aren’t trained – very few health care professionals are trained. Seems like the CDC has a huge job ahead. Well whoops seems like the Congress cut CDS fund. Yet there is plenty of money for the war with no name.

Dallas hospital treating Ebola patient acknowledges ‘painful’ days Oh my – you think painful? Teach doctors to read what the nurses write and then teach them how to listen.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-ebola-hospital-20141003-story.html

Ah ha – tried to blame the nurse. That didn’t work so now the suckers blame the software, or the computer . . . Or whatever. Update of update of first update about why the information about the patient who was from an Ebola hot zone was sent home. At first the nurse was blamed — no she did enter the travel information. Then the software was blamed — nope that was ruled out. It goes back to the doctor who just didn’t read — he assumed that the patient had the flu or something but Ebola just wasn’t on this doctor’s or doctor’s assistant’s radar. Well now Ebola is now on everyone’s radar. We have a poor health care system and if American gets more cases of suspected Ebola — the flaws in our health care system will be obvious to everyone. Most likely the gentleman from Liberia who came to the hospital had no insurance. THAT is the information that dictated the actions of the medical team.

Do not panic -Ebola doesn’t spread rapidly. With the protocols in place and hopefully more training of medical professional we won’t see Ebola turn into a flu like epidemic. The transmission is still via physical contact with the Ebola victim’s bodily fluids. Ebola is spreading, but slowing. Politics shouldn’t be involved – but unfortunately dead bodies equal political propaganda. The comments under the linked article above are worth reading. Ebola is a very fast virus, from Contact to death is a few days. The extremely short time for contact to symptoms, means far fewer people are infected by each victim. Unfortunately because Ebola has been turned into a political battle cry, some people who have been exposed by never get the disease will suffer discrimination.

Additional links and comments

This article on Washington Post reviews how a small outbreak of Ebola became so large. How budget cuts in the WHO U.N. (World Health Organization) slowed the response to the current Ebola crisis. Obama was warned early on that this was a major problems. His response was to wait and see. The promise of 4,000 military personnel is still a promise with under 100 in Africa right now. There is more biological science information about this virus in this article. The more we can educate ourselves and help education others the more likely we can avoid panic attacks and mob violence.

One of the reasons why this virus spread fast in the early stages was due to the cultural traditions in dealing with grief and saying good bye to the dearly departed. If we take a step back and look at the customs of the initial victims as caring deeply about individuals, and how this caring has lead to exposing small communities to a deadly killer, we have an better understanding why mass infection just won’t happen in our American culture.

Evolution possibilities of Ebola virus.

Information on protective gear for medical workers. This link was also posted above. The first link has several links to more detailed information about Ebola. We all need to educate ourselves. Medical professionals on all levels need to be educated or re-educated about Ebola. We are no longer at the “if Ebola gets to America” that time is long gone. The lowest level medically professional will be critical in making Ebola a footnote in American epidemics.

The minimum level of protection in high-risk settings should be a respirator with an assigned protection factor greater than 10. A powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) with a hood or helmet offers many advantages over an N95 filtering facepiece or similar respirator, being more protective, comfortable, and cost-effective in the long run.

We strongly urge the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to seek funds for the purchase and transport of PAPRs to all healthcare workers currently fighting the battle against Ebola throughout Africa—and beyond.

There has been a lot of on-line and published controversy about whether Ebola virus can be transmitted via aerosols. Most scientific and medical personnel, along with public health organizations, have been unequivocal in their statements that Ebola can be transmitted only by direct contact with virus-laden fluids2,3 and that the only modes of transmission we should be concerned with are those termed “droplet” and “contact.”

TSA – tax dollars for what

“Why me?” This remark after a passenger was taken off the plane, his stuff handled and touch, medication emptied. “And while my problems with TSA were merely an annoyance, they do point to how huge Big Brother has become—COINTELPRO ON STEROIDS is our age.” (Alen Wieder)

He asks a simple question – why me? The dim witted TSA idiot reply, “I don’t know.” (B.S.)

So in Job-like fashion I asked, “Why me?”  Truth is I think that I know the answer and it corresponds to the sickness and absurdity of government surveillance in the United States—we are all fellow travelers.

Welcome to the era of being grey listed.

Anyway there is always money to intimidate anyone who flies – just because they can.

There is always money for new wars – but money to feed the poor in America is slashed. We have millions living in extreme poverty here in America. But Obomba got his money to kill more civilians. Ironic that the people who were beheaded by ISIS were people with the same occupations that Obomber wants to silence, to muzzle, to shut down. What a way to send a message to other truth seekers – it is working. The Obama gang claims no civilians are being killed in Syria. Yet a grain Silo was destroyed, and only civilians worked there. One big lie means that as usual the Military cannot be believed. The black booted thugs march on, not realizing that when they are no longer useful to the powerful, they will be discarded, to be forced into submission by their replacements.

The truth seekers are pulled from airplanes. To be a pacifist and a truth seeker today, means that you are on a grey list with Constitutional rights denied. If we continue down this path and more truth seekers are added to the global grey lists, very soon we will be living in a world that only science fiction writers could imagine.

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