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Ebola documentary

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Hat tip to commenter “slithy toves” for linking to this VICE News documentary, The Fight Against Ebola.
There are two things that struck me most while watching.

(1) The Liberian people who work with Ebola victims say that they are doing their jobs to help their country. For them it’s not so much about helping the victims, but it’s about preventing the disease from spreading. Despite all the bad things you hear about corrupt African governments, I was quite moved by some of the genuine patriotism and self-sacrifice of the Liberians who were interviewed.

(2) Near the end of the video, the reporter interviews a doctor, and then asks if he can go into the Ebola treatment center. The doctor talks him out of it, explaining how dangerous it is and even the slightest mistake taking off your protective gear could lead you to catch Ebola.

It’s too bad that the hospitals in Spain and in Texas where the nurses caught Ebola didn’t heed some of the advice that would have been freely given by African doctors who had actual experience with the disease. There is this hubris in the West that our healthcare workers are a lot smarter than African healthcare workers, but if anything, the video shows the extreme caution the Liberians are taking with Ebola. They spray down their hazmat suits with chlorine bleach after every contact with Ebola, which is something that wasn’t initially done in the West because we keep continually underestimating Ebola.

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October 25, 2014 at 11:17 am

Ebola goes underground

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The NY Times:

Even as the authorities worked to confirm that Mr. Spencer was infected with Ebola, it emerged that he traveled from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway on Wednesday night, when he went to a bowling alley and then took a taxi home.

The next morning, he reported having a temperature of 103 degrees, raising questions about his health while he was out in public.

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October 23, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Ebola in New York City? Uh oh.

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If I made a post every time there was someone who had some stomach-virus (aka Norovirus) symptoms who was being tested for Ebola, I’d look pretty stupid.

But in this case, the possible victim is a doctor who recently returned from Africa where he was helping Ebola patients, so this sounds like there’s a good chance he caught Ebola.

UPDATE

I was right, this guy tested positive for Ebola.

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October 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Mark Zuckerberg speaks Chinese

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There’s something very beta male about the whole thing.

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October 23, 2014 at 9:55 am

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Michael Brown autopsy results

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The autopsy does “not support witnesses who have claimed Brown was shot while running away from Wilson, or with his hands up.”

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October 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

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Is Romney a dark horse for 2016?

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Although I previously prediced that Mike Huckabee would win the Republican Nomination, I wasn’t considering the possibility that Mitt Romney could run again. But that’s all the talk for the last month, that Romney is the only possible Republican who could beat Hillary, and has a commanding lead in the latest Washington Post-ABC News Poll.

I’m not sure why everyone thinks that Mitt can’t run again because he lost in 2012. Nixon lost in 1960 and that didn’t stop him from eventually becoming president.

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October 22, 2014 at 9:24 am

Posted in Politics

New York Times free advice for Republicans

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The New York Times offers Republicans free advice.

The NY Times says that the Republicans’ “harsh talk on immigration” will cause a “backlash after the election” by “alienating Hispanics.”

I am sure the NY Times has their best interests at heart, because the NY Times loves Republicans.

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October 21, 2014 at 11:03 am

Posted in Immigration, Politics

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