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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

And Today We Bring You The Latest On Kim Jong-Un

Yup, Gonna Nuke The White House he says. And in other news…..

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Go ahead. I don't care.  :)

Go ahead. I don’t care. :)

Seoul (AFP) – A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The threat came from Hwang Pyong-So, director of the military’s General Political Bureau, during a speech to a large military rally in Pyongyang Sunday on the anniversary of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

Hwang, who holds the rank of vice marshal in the Korean People’s Army, said a recent series of South Korea-US military drills, one of which included the deployment of a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier, had ramped up tensions.

“If the US imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival… our troops will fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon — the sources of all evil,” Hwang said in his speech broadcast Monday on state television.

It is not the first time that North Korea’s bellicose rhetoric has included threats of nuclear strikes on the continental United States and US bases in the Pacific.

But most experts believe it is still a long way from developing a viable intercontinental ballistic missile with the required range.

Rest Here!!!

~Steve~

California to have state-wide mandatory water restrictions Aug. 1

Folsom Lake reservoirFolsom Lake is a reservoir in Northern California

Yesterday, July 15, 2014, California’s State Water Resources Control Board voted to impose mandatory statewide water-use restrictions for the first time in state history, effective August 1.

Fines of up to $500 a day will be imposed on businesses and individuals for wasting water on landscaping, washing cars without a shut-off nozzle or other outdoor uses.

The new restrictions are prompted by California’s 3-year drought and by the results of a water-use survey showing that overall consumption in California actually increased 1% in 2014, despite pleas from Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown for residents and businesses to voluntarily cut back use by 20%. The increased usage is attributable to two regions of the state: Southern California coastal communities (Hollywood!) and the far northeastern slice of the state.

While no region of California met Brown’s request for a 20% reduction, some came closer than others:

  • Communities that draw from the Sacramento River reduced consumption the most, by 13%.
  • The North Coast reduced consumption by 12%.
  • San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California cities that draw from the Colorado River decreased water use by 5%.

Cities and suburbs use about 20% of the state’s water, with about half going outdoors. Agriculture is by far the greatest water user, accounting for 75% of consumption in the state.

The sweeping list of mandates from the state includes:

  • A ban on watering down sidewalks and driveways — except for sanitation purposes, e.g., allowing cities to power-wash alleyways to get rid of human waste left by homeless people, to scrub away graffiti, and to remove oil and grease from parking structure floors.
  • No more washing a vehicle or boat without a shut-off nozzle on the hose.
  • Fountains must use recycled water.
  • No watering so much as to cause runoff.

Fines of up to $500 for individuals and $10,000 for water districts could be issued for non-compliance.

It will be up to local governments and water districts to decide how to implement the mandates. The full $500-a-day fine, considered an infraction, could be reserved for repeat violators, for example. Others might receive warnings or smaller fines based on a sliding scale.

State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus said, “The state cannot be in a situation where this goes two, three, four years and we’re dealing with massive numbers of cities running out of water. Our intention is that it would be enforceable at the local level by any enforcement capability local agencies currently have. We are trying not to reinvent any wheel.”

If fines fail to promote conservation, Marcus said the board would consider other steps such as requiring water districts to stop leaks in their pipes, which account for an estimated 10% of water use, stricter landscape restrictions and encouraging water agencies to boost rates for consumers who use more than their share of water.

Sources: CBS San Francisco; AP

And yet California is adding to the state population by receiving untold numbers from the “surge” of illegals crossing the US-Mexico border.

And yet, despite the ever-increasing population and therefore water users, the state government is doing NOTHING to increase water supply by building more reservoirs and dams because of opposition from environmentalists green Nazis.

~Eowyn

Couple Of Great Vids. Black Patriots Waking Up At Border.

Skippy, The jig is up. Your base has started to see their future. And It’s not so bright after all.  sangry_group_100-100

 

Houston black woman goes on EPIC rant about unaccompanied illegals – “Why can’t they go back?”

Bernadette Lancelin is very upset that the unaccompanied minors flooding across the border aren’t being sent back home. Instead they are being put in detention centers around the country. Lancelin is out with the local news in Houston because a closed middle school that hasn’t been used in years is now on the list to become another detention center. And she, among others, is furious about it.

Watch:

It’s not right. Now billions of dollars want to be borrowed from the White House to help feed and house them.

What about the kids here? In our neighborhood? In our country? Not just in this neighborhood but in our country.

All these kids? Really? Why can’t they go back?

I’m sorry that their parents are in poor living conditions or surroundings or whatever’s going on out there. I don’t care.

I care about what’s going on right here in my own back yard, my neighborhood.

Am i the only one in this community that’s out here that watches the news this morning. Oh, my god! I feel alone right now this this, and I’m very saddened by it.

http://therightscoop.com/houston-black-woman-goes-on-epic-rant-about-unaccompanied-illegals-why-cant-they-go-back/

And then we have

BLACK PROTESTERS in Murrieta Confront Pro-Illegal Immigrant Supporters

Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, July 7, 2014, 12:39 PM

A group of black Americans spoke out in support of protecting women and children in America BEFORE worrying about the rest of the world. This occurred at the Murrieta California Border Patrol Station on July 4th, 2014.

The young man pictured below said this:

“If somebody brought six children to your house and you ain’t got no job, are you going to take them in?… Are you going to try to find out where they came from? Are you going to try to send them back?… What are we going to do for the people who are here who are starving already?Why would we add to the problem?”

Black Patriots

Black Patriots

The woman below added:

“It’s just too much. We already got starvation, kids walking without with no shoes. We are already taking that on in America. We don’t need other people’s kids to bring more problems.”

Female Patriot

Female Patriot

The debate starts around the 1:40 mark in the video when the black Americans confronted the illegal immigrant protesters.

“What are we going to do for the people who are here who are starving already?”

(Raw News Video Unedited – Warning on language)

~Steve~

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/07/must-see-video-black-americans-confront-pro-illegal-immigrant-supporters-in-murrieta/

Godzilla thunderstorm over Wyoming

Supercell thunderstormA group of stormchasers captured some beautiful and terrifying footage of a supercell thunderstorm developing over northwest Wyoming last weekend.

As far as thunderstorms go, supercells are the least common, but they’re responsible for most of the violent tornadoes in the U.S. In addition to extreme winds, they also dump torrential rain and hailstones that are bigger than golf balls — causing flash floods and a whole lot of damage.

The Basehunters out of Norman, Oklahoma, made this time-lapse video of the monster thunderstorm:

[Source: IFLScience]

H/t Clash Daily

~Eowyn

Fraud & corruption ate most of $1.4 billion U.S. taxpayers spent on rebuilding Haiti after earthquake

On January 15, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the already poverty-stricken Haiti, killing more than 200,000 and leaving over 1 million homeless.

Obama immediately promised to help rebuild the Caribbean island country, in addition to $100 million in rescue and relief aid. At the time, I had asked in a post whether America can afford the largesse, given:

  • America’s enormous national debt of $12 trillion, which has since ballooned to $16+ trillion;
  • Our nearly broke “entitlement” programs of Medicare and Social Security;
  • The failure of past U.S. foreign aid — we are the world’s largest foreign-aid donor to Haiti — to improve conditions on the island;
  • Pandemic and endemic corruption in Haiti, the third most corrupt country in the world.

Despite all the above reservations, individual Americans and the U.S. government poured donations and aid to Haiti. Do you remember how former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton teamed up and flew to the Caribbean island to drum up charity donations for earthquake relief?

Clinton & Bush to Haiti March 22, 2010Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush survey Haiti’s earthquake damage, March 22, 2010.

According to the nonpartisan Washington watchdog Judicial Watch, the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund collected huge sums of donation of $34 million and $54.4 million, respectively. Congress also approved $1.4 BILLION of taxpayers’ money to help Haiti bounce back from the earthquake.

More than 4 years after the earthquake, however, there is little to show for the millions of dollars that have been poured into “reconstructing” Haiti, most of the money having disappeared into fraud and corruption. 

Most of the money has flowed through the famously crooked—and scandal-plagued—United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is charged with providing economic, development and humanitarian assistance worldwide.

Last summer, a federal audit revealed that hundreds of millions of dollars have gone to wasteful projects on the island with the single largest chunk—$170.3 million—going to a failed port and power plant adventure heavily promoted by Bill and Hillary Clinton.

This month USAID’s Inspector General published a report blasting the agency’s outrageous Haiti housing effort, which is rife with all sorts of serious problems and has exceeded costs and deadlines:

  • For $55 million USAID was supposed to build 4,000 houses outside Haiti’s capital by 2012 but only 816 have been constructed even though funding increased to a startling $90 million.
  • USAID failed to provide adequate oversight of contractors doing the work and severely underestimated costs.
  • USAID failed to keep complete records as is required in these sorts of projects.

On its website the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund claims that it has helped Haitians transform their own country and that the money has helped promote smart, sustainable economic development. Yet four years later news report after news report reveals that a large number of Haitians still live in deplorable, shanty town tent cities and an ongoing epidemic of cholera has claimed thousands of lives.

Judicial Watch concludes that all of that “Makes you wonder if someone is pocketing the money.”

See also:

Note that Maxine Waters and Wyclef Jean are both black, as are Haitians.

~Eowyn

Majority of Americans unprepared if economy collapses

Apocalypse

In the 2013 Brad Pitt movie, World War Z, unlike all the world’s other governments caught in the normalcy bias, the government of Israel had a Tenth Man policy which enabled Israel to take seriously an early warning about the impending zombie apocalypse and so secured its borders.

According to the tenth man policy, when nine people agree on something, it’s the tenth man’s responsibility to disagree no matter how improbable the idea.

The normalcy bias refers to human beings’ predisposition to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. Our erroneous assumption is that since a disaster hasn’t occurred, then it never will occur. We then downplay the likelihood of a disaster while, at the same time, interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible or ignore those warnings entirely.

Our normalcy bias results in our failure as individuals and government to adequately prepare for a disaster, as well as our inability to cope when disaster does strike.

Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse warns that America is “steamrolling toward the edge of an economic cliff” because “the long-term trends that are destroying our economy have continued to get worse since 2008, and none of the problems that caused the last financial crisis have been fixed.” Most Americans “in our entertainment-addicted society are totally oblivious to what is going on. So they are not doing anything to get ready for the immense economic pain that is coming.”

Are you prepared for the coming economic collapse? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself:

1. Can you come up with $2,000 right now? According to a shocking study by Atif Mian of Princeton University and Amir Sufi of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 40% of Americans said they could not come up with $2,000 if an unexpected need arose.

2. Do you have 3 months of income saved in an emergency fund? In that same study, an astounding 60% of Americans said they do not have 3 months emergency funds to cover expenses in case of sickness, job loss, or an economic downturn.

3. Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Another study found that 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Less than one out of every four Americans (25%) has enough money stored away to cover six months of expenses.

4. How dependent are you on government benefits? More Americans are dependent on the government than ever before. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49% of U.S. households receive and depend on direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

5. How prepared are you for an emergency lasting just a few days? According to a survey conducted by the Adelphi Center for Health Innovation:

  • 44% don’t have first-aid kits
  • 48% lack emergency supplies
  • 53% do not have a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water at home
  • 55% believe local authorities will come to their rescue if disaster strikes
  • 52% have not designated a family meeting place if they are separated during an emergency
  • 42% do not know the phone numbers of all of their immediate family members
  • 21% don’t know if their workplace has an emergency preparedness plan
  • 37% do not have a list of the drugs they are taking
  • 52% do not have copies of health insurance documents

What do you think is going to happen to these people once the economy collapses and there is chaos in the streets?

One reason why so many Americans are unprepared for an economic disaster is because we are being taxed into oblivion. Americans — the 56.7% of us who actually pay income taxes — now spend more on taxes than we spend on food, clothing and housing combined.

~Eowyn