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Ebola out of control: dogs eating Ebola corpses in Liberia

Ebola virus

Months ago in April 2014, when Ebola made the jump from the jungles of West Africa to its urban centers, the charity medical group Doctors Without Borders already declared the epidemic to be out of control. That declaration was later repeated by the UN’s World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

By now, after taking the lives of 1,552 people, this horrific epidemic that has no cure has gotten even worse. The latest report is that dogs in one community in Liberia are eating the corpses of Ebola victims buried in shallow graves. Being asymptomatic carriers of the virus, this means the dogs can further spread Ebola to humans via bites and scratches.

Note: Liberia was colonized and founded by U.S. freed slaves in 1847.

LIBERIA-HEALTH-EBOLA-WAFRICANurses wearing a protective suit escort a man infected with the Ebola virus to a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.

E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor reports for Monrovia’s The New Dawn, Aug. 26, 2014, that residents of the Johnsonville Township outside Monrovia saw dogs eating the remains of dead Ebola victims who had been buried by the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare some weeks ago.

The burial was done in a hurry at night following a standoff in the day between residents and the Ministry of Health burial team. The former had refused to grant the authority a piece of land to carry out the burial. The dogs were seen pulling the bodies out of their shallow graves and hastily eating them.

A resident named Alfred Wiah told the NewDawn that upon discovery of the dogs’ behavior, residents immediately contacted the Health Ministry, but to no avail. The residents also attempted to kill all of the dogs, but some escaped.

According to CBS Atlanta/AP, Dr. Stephen Korsman of the University of Cape Town’s medical virology division tells News 24 that dogs can be infected with the Ebola virus but that “infections appear to be asymptomatic. This means that dogs won’t get sick, but they still could carry a potential risk [to humans] through licking or biting.”

The Atlanta-based CDC has sent nearly 70 scientists and staff to help in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria.

Ebola in West Africa

The Ebola epidemic is not just reeking havoc on the populations of West Africa but also on front line health workers and doctors fighting the disease. To date, more than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in West Africa, more than 120 of whom have died.

The CDC continues to insist the Ebola virus is transmitted only by close contact with bodily fluids such as blood, saliva and sweat — even something as innocent as a tainted tear. But that is exactly why the high incidence of health care workers stricken with Ebola is worrisome because, being knowledgeable about the virus, they would be extra careful by donning full-body protective suits like the ones in the pic above. The problem is the virus’s early symptoms of headache, fever, nausea and vomiting are hard to distinguish from those of malaria or typhoid, common ailments during West Africa’s rainy season.

Even more worrisome is a Canadian research in 2012 which strongly suggests Ebola may spread between animal species, through the air.

The Canadian researchers (from the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, the University of Manitoba, and the Public Health Agency of Canada) first inoculated a number of piglets with the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus, which is the deadliest strain with mortality rates up to 90%. The piglets were then placed in a room with four cynomolgus macaques, a species of monkey commonly used in laboratories. The piglets and monkeys were separated by wire cages to prevent direct contact between the species.

Within a few days, the inoculated piglets showed clinical signs of infection indicative of Ebola infection. (Happily, 9 days after infection, all piglets appeared to have recovered from the disease.) Within eight days of exposure, two of the four monkeys showed signs of Ebola infection although they had had no bodily contact with the piglets. Four days later, the remaining two monkeys were sick too.

While the study provided evidence that transmission of Ebola between species is possible, researchers still cannot say for certain how that transmission actually occurred. There are three likely candidates for the route of transmission:

  1. Airborne
  2. Droplet
  3. Fomites: Inanimate objects that can transmit disease if they are contaminated with infectious agents. In this study, a monkey’s cage could have been contaminated when workers were cleaning a nearby pig cage. If the monkey touched the contaminated cage surface and then its mouth or eyes, it could have been infected. -

 

Meanwhile, writing in Foreign Policy, Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Laurie Garrett warns Americans and the world that “you are not nearly scared enough about Ebola.” Garrett writes that “experimental drugs and airport screenings will do nothing to stop this plague” and that if Ebola hits Lagos, the capital of Nigeria — Africa’s most populous country — with a population of 22 million, “we’re in real trouble.”

In a Council on Foreign Relations conference call, Garrett said “We’re now in a perfect storm” and that the World Health Organization is “bankrupt” and drowning in debt. “There is no strategic plan for how this epidemic will be brought under control.”

WND reports that the same term, “perfect storm,” was also used to describe the Ebola outbreak by CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden in testimony before Congress on August 7, 2014.

Frieden testified that the CDC raised its emergency operations center to Level 1, the highest possible alert in an effort to better coordinate a CDC-organized surge of health professionals and equipment being rushed to West Africa in an effort to contain the Ebola outbreak.

Frieden also told Congress that it’s “inevitable” that someone with Ebola will get on a plane and fly to the United States, risking an outbreak here.

An outbreak on U.S. soil would require sweeping measures, including total quarantine of cities or sections of infected cities, as well as restrictions on air travel. On the official CDC website are “Specific Laws and Regulations Governing the Control of Communicable Diseases” specifying that, due to Ebola’s incubation period of as long as 21 days, seemingly healthy citizens who show no symptoms of Ebola can be forcibly quarantined at the behest of medical authorities. (See also “Obama signs Executive Order for detention of Americans showing signs of ‘respiratory illness’“)

Adding to our unease is the fact that U.S. researchers and the military have been studying the use of Ebola as a bio-weapon. Michael Snyder reports that:

  1. Researchers from Tulane University have been active for several years in the very same areas where this Ebola outbreak began. One of the stated purposes of their research was to study “the future use of fever-viruses as bioweapons”. According to Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Tulane University researchers have been asked “to stop Ebola testing during the current Ebola outbreak,” whatever that means.
  2. The Navy Times says that the U.S. military has been interested in studying Ebola “as a potential biological weapon” since the 1970s, mainly because Ebola has high mortality rates of 60-90%, and its stable nature in aerosol makes it attractive as a potential biological weapon.

Meanwhile, two dozen suspected Ebola cases have emerged hundreds of miles from West Africa in what health officials are calling a second “unrelated” outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Update (Aug. 29, 2014):

1. Yesterday, health authorities in Nigeria reported that Ebola had spread beyond Lagos to claim another death.

2. Yesterday, WHO said the Ebola epidemic was still accelerating and could afflict more than 20,000 people — almost seven times the current number of reported cases — before it could be brought under control. The latest figures are that the total cases had risen to 3,069, with 1,552 deaths, in four West African countries: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Indicative of the epidemic getting worse, more than 40% of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days. WHO presented a plan to stop the transmission of Ebola within 9 months, which is estimated to cost nearly half a billion dollars over the next 6 months. Doctors Without Borders, however, cautions against taking a “false sense of hope” from WHO’s plan.

3. Also yesterday, an article published in the journal Science, says the Ebola virus has mutated repeatedly during the current outbreak, which could hinder diagnosis and treatment of the devastating hemorrhagic disease (in its end stage, those afflicted with Ebola bleed from every orifice of the body). Sadly, 5 of the paper’s more than 50 co-authors had died from Ebola before publication — yet more testimony to the terrible toll Ebola has wrought on the very health workers combating the epidemic. (H/t FOTM’s josephbc69)

Many years ago, when AIDS first broke out, I read a sobering account about how difficult it would be for medical science to come up with a cure or a vaccine for AIDS because it’s a virus and viruses CONSTANTLY mutate.  Just look at how successful we’ve been at developing a cure or vaccine for the common cold, which is also viral. The same applies to Ebola, which is also a virus.

UPDATE (Aug. 30):

As news comes that the Ebola epidemic has spread to a 5th African country, Senegal, it’s only getting worse in Liberia. Now Bloomberg reports that corpses of Ebola victims are just left on streets, unburied, for as long as 5 days because of “shortage of ambulances and fuel.”

I say “bull” to that. You don’t need ambulances or fuel to bury the dead. All it takes are hands and shovels. Nor is shortage of fuel an excuse not to cremate the dead. They do have cars and gasoline in Liberia, don’t they?

Bloomberg reader Dan Sanders wrote: “Leaving bodies lie has long been a Liberian tradition. During the 80’s when I lived in Monrovia bodies that had been hit by cars would lie where they were stricken for many days. The graft that goes on in the sub sahara along with the mentality of the natives makes for great chaos drama.”

~Eowyn

How Christians can opt out of Obamacare

The short answer is:

Join a Healthcare Sharing Ministry!

Who's exempt

Philip Wegmann writes for The Daily Signal, Aug. 7, 2014, there’s a small-but-growing group of Americans who have chosen to opt out of the Affordable Care Act, better and more aptly called Obamacare. Not only do these organizations ignore the contraception mandate, they also bypass nearly all the hallmark provisions of Obamacare.

Dr. Andrea Miller, medical director and vice president of Christian Care Ministries, said “the biggest thing to understand” is these groups do not provide insurance. Instead, they “facilitate the direct sharing of medical cost between people of like beliefs.”

Because of this distinction, the Alliance for Health Care Sharing Ministries successfully lobbied Congress for a religious exemption in 2009, which allows medical sharing groups to provide a form of coverage but dodge the deluge of Obamacare regulations governing the insurance industry.

James Lansberry, the vice president of Samaritan Ministries that provides health coverage for more than 37,000 families nationwide, calls this exemption the last “isle of freedom” in health care and a “miracle straight from God’s own hand.”

Some 300,000 Americans now find coverage under this umbrella. But first they must promise to walk the straight and narrow, and sign a strict statement of conduct. These honor codes vary among ministries, but they generally echo a similar standard of Christian living: no drugs, no smokes, booze in moderation, and church on Sunday. Members then make monthly contributions that pay the group’s medical bills.

Three reasons motivate Christians to join these healthcare sharing ministries:

  1. Moral: to avoid funding controversial procedures and products such as abortion and emergency contraception.
  2. Charitable: to help a fellow believer.
  3. Fiscal: Joining makes sense financially.

By paying health care providers directly, members say they often can negotiate lower prices. Without co-pays or deductibles, some members save up to $1,000 dollars a month, according to Lansberry.

Joe Guarino of the Alliance of Health Sharing Ministries says health sharing ministries have helped reintroduce market forces to the industry. “We are a free-enterprise alternative, a consumer-driven alternative, and it works.”

Health sharing ministries aren’t without their drawbacks, however. The drawbacks include:

  • Members are legally responsible for their own medical bills, and there is no guarantee anyone will “receive a check from anyone else in the ministry.”
  • Health sharing ministries regularly exclude a host of pre-existing conditions as ministries work to meet needs and limit costs. Pre-existing conditions present “the most difficult challenge,” according to Lansberry, because his ministry seeks to provide the greatest amount of care but to “do so responsibly without putting the needs of members we already have at risk.”

But ministry leaders say they meet most member’s needs.

Eric Quiram, a self-employed Tennessee father of two, said his healthcare sharing ministry paid the entire cost—about $26,000—for his wife’s recent operation. Quiram didn’t pay a dime more than his monthly contribution to the ministry. He said, “This is where Medi-Share was amazing. It was all shareable, the whole amount.”

Quiram isn’t alone. Ministry leaders say enrollment is growing. Lansberry said his group experienced “dramatic growth” during its open-enrollment period earlier this year and is now preparing for the next round of cancellations under Obamacare.

Robert Moffit, senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation and one of the country’s foremost experts on health care policy, says these programs represent a positive reaction but not a final solution to the troubles that plague Obamacare. He applauds “any expansion of personal freedom in health care,” but says full repeal of the “unjust and unpopular health care law” must remain the goal because “The common good demands an expansion of personal freedom, not an accommodation with its suffocating restrictions.”

H/t California Political Review

~Eowyn

Terrorism waiting to happen: Obama admin ignores Congress in lifting 30-yr. ban on Libyans training in U.S. flight schools

Dr. Eowyn:

Despite the jihadist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya two years ago, and despite the terrorist threats in Libya today which led to the recent evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, the POS is reversing a 30-year ban on Libyans getting flight and nuclear science training in America.

Worse still, the Dept of Homeland (In)Security stonewalled the House Judiciary Committee’s repeated requests for justification of the policy reversal. With Democrats in control of the Senate, there is little that the House can do about the self-styled Fuhrer in the White House.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

kingReportedly, Obama ignored the advice of senior military and intelligence officials in releasing 5 high-level Taliban terrorists from Gitmo in exchange for U.S. Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Now, he’s doing it again.

From the non-partisan citizens’ watchdog group Judicial Watch, Aug. 13, 2014:

Less than two years after four Americans got massacred in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya the Obama administration is disregarding congressional opposition to lift a decades-old ban on Libyans attending flight schools and training as nuclear scientists in the United States.

The ban was implemented in 1983 after a wave of terrorist incidents involving Libyans. The African nation continues to be a hotbed of terrorism and in fact, the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli was recently evacuated because violence between rival militias has created a deadly environment. Many other foreign governments have also shut down their embassies in Libya because…

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70% of Americans oppose amnesty for illegals

Imperial president

With Congress failing to agree on broad immigration reforms, President Ebola has threatened he could act alone in the next few weeks to delay deportations and give work permits to up to 5 million illegals, according to media reports.

While Hispanics and liberals would welcome that, a new Reuters/Ipsos online poll in mid-July finds a majority of Americans to be opposed.

Here are some of the poll results:

  • 70% or 7 of every 10 Americans believe illegal immigrants constitute a threat to America’s economy and culture of beliefs and customs.
  • Bipartisan: Those 70% of Americans who oppose illegal immigration include 86% of Republicans, which means they also include a sizeable percentage of Democrats as well (although the Reuters article refused to give the percentage). As an example, Tom Vanderbur, 72, a registered Democrat in Colorado, criticized Congress for going into summer recess after failing to pass border security measures but also thought Obama does not have “a right to make those kinds of decisions on his own.”
  • Opposition even to LEGAL immigration:
    • 45% said the number of immigrants legally allowed to enter the U.S. should be reduced. Only 17% favor more legal immigrants, while 38% said the number should stay the same.
    • Although the POS and groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce say legal immigration benefits business, 63% of people in the online survey said immigrants place a burden on the economy.
  • Obama acting unilaterally on immigration (via executive order) could energize Republicans and make them more likely to go out and vote in the mid-term elections this November. While Latino voters are alienated by Republicans’ refusal to approve immigration reform, Latino voters do not traditionally vote in large numbers in congressional elections, blunting the Democrats’ advantage with that group in November.
  • Voters see immigration as the third most important problem facing  America. A separate Gallup poll in July found respondents citing immigration as the No.1 problem, ahead of the economy.
  • Oddly, although New England is thousands of miles from the Mexico border, opposition to illegal immigration is higher in New England than in much of the rest of the country. 76% of people in New England said illegals threaten American beliefs and customs, compared to 70% nationally.

Source: Reuters

~Eowyn

Chair of Democratic National Committee admits Obama is lazy

Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is the Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Chuck Ross reports for The Daily Caller that Wasserman-Schultz was interviewed on MSNBC last Wednesday, July 30, 2014, ahead of a Republican-backed measure to sue Obama for overstepping his executive authority, especially in his unilateral actions to implement Obamacare.

In the interview, the DNC chair inadvertently agreed with a complaint levied most often by Republicans that Obama has not put much effort into his job.

Wasserman-Schultz said, “I’m going to go to the House floor and actually debate why we shouldn’t be voting for the first time in American history to sue the president of the United States for doing his job, and doing his job actually less often and at a rate that is lower than any other president since Grover Cleveland.

Of course Wasserman-Schultz blames the POS’s laziness on “the Republicans refuse to do anything”!

GOP's faultCleveland, one of the lowest-rated U.S. presidents, was president for two non-consecutive terms from 1885 to 1889 and from 1893 to 1897.

According to an analysis by the New York Post, Obama has played golf 185 times since taking office in 2009. The POS has hit the links 81 times during his second term — more than doubling the rate of his first term. President Ebola also spends a lot of time raising money for fellow Democrats, attending 75 fundraisers since his 2012 re-election.

See also “Obama blames Americans for being lazy.”

~Eowyn

America, you’ve been Ducked

Actress who’s name rhymes with duck shows her true colors


Sandra Fluke (name rhymes with "duck")

Sandra Fluke (name rhymes with “duck”)

WND.COM

SANDRA FLUKE CAN’T AFFORD $9 BIRTH CONTROL, GIVES CAMPAIGN $100,000

Feminist’s massive cash infusion could have funded 925 years of contraceptives

by CHELSEA SCHILLING

Read more the article at http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/sandra-fluke-cant-afford-9-birth-control-gives-campaign-100000/#soFDlGhaYH1kYHtg.99


We could see this coming a mile away. So why the DUCK did the republicans fall for it? (rhetorical question, we all know the answer)

Israel’s Iron Dome missile shield intercepts 90% of Hamas’ rockets

Dr. Eowyn:

U.S. taxpayers have “contributed” more than $1 billion in total to Israel’s Iron Dome, and around $10 billion annually on a wide range of rocket interceptors at home, about which the American people seem to know little as to their deployment or effectiveness.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

West Bank & GazaA year after Hamas’ seizure of power in the Gaza Strip in June 2007, the Palestinian State was split between Fatah in the West Bank, and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

In the present renewed military conflict between Israel and the Hamas Palestinian terrorists (1) of the Gaza Strip, Hamas has not had much success with its rockets fired toward Tel Aviv and other major population centers in Israel. According to the Israeli Army, 90% of the rockets have been intercepted and shot down.

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Note:

(1) Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by Israel and a number of Western and non-Western governments, including the United States, Canada, the European Union, Jordan, Egypt and Japan

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According to Barbara Ordman, who lives in Ma’ale Adumim on the West Bank, “one of the terrorists from Gaza was reported to say when asked why they couldn’t aim their rockets more effectively: ‘We do aim them, but their…

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