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Both CDC and U.S. Army say Ebola can be transmitted by air

From the beginning of the Ebola epidemic last spring in West Africa, the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had insisted that the deadly viral hemorrhagic fever (in the infection’s horrific end stage, the victim bleeds from every orifice) can only be transmitted via direct contact with a victim’s bodily fluids — blood, vomit, urine, feces, sweat, nasal discharge, or semen.

This, despite a Canadian research in 2012 which found the Ebola virus to be transmitted by air between one animal species (pigs) and another (monkeys).

On Oct. 2, 2014, however, the CDC changed their minds.

For the first time, the CDC, in the person of its director Tom Frieden, cryptically admitted that, “in theory,” a sneeze or cough “could” spread the virus from someone experiencing Ebola symptoms. Frieden did not explain what “in theory” means. (See “CDC now admits ‘in theory’ Ebola can be transmitted by air“)

Imagine my surprise when, on the tip of a reader of this blog, I discovered that the United States Army had known about this all along, since 2011 — that the Ebola virus can be transmitted by air, albeit in “rare” instances.

Army Ebola

On pages 116-117 of Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook (7th Edition), published by the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Sept. 2011, is said:

“Lassa, CCHF, Ebola and Marburg viruses may be particularly prone to nosocomial spread due to periods of high viremia corresponding with bleeding propensity. In several instances, secondary infections among contacts and medical personnel without direct bodily fluid exposure have been documented. These instances have prompted concern of a rare phenomenon of aerosol transmission of infection.”

Here’s a screenshot I took of the passage:

Army Ebola pp. 116-117

Note that:

  • The word “nosocomial” is defined as “Originating or taking place in a hospital, acquired in a hospital, especially in reference to an infection.”
  • The word “viremia” is defined as “The presence of a virus in the blood.”
  • In the passage above, “high viremia” simply means the presence of a lot of Ebola viruses in the blood.
  • The word “aerosol” means “A fine spray or mist.”

Translated into simpler English, the passage from the U.S. Army medical handbook should read:

The Ebola virus may be particularly prone to spread in a hospital environment where Ebola patients with a lot of the virus in their blood are bleeding profusely. “Several” instances of Ebola infections had resulted among contacts and medical personnel without direct bodily fluid exposure. These “rare” instances have prompted concern that Ebola can be transmitted via a fine spray or mist.

Translated into even simpler English, that means you can catch Ebola from inhaling microscopic particles of the blood or vomit or sneeze or cough spewed into the air by someone who is very sick with Ebola, even if you think you were following the CDC guidelines by making no bodily contact with the bodily fluids of the infected.

Read the Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook for yourself, here.

Do you feel safer now? /sarc

H/t FOTM’s CSM

~Eowyn

U.S. official says Army’s industrial base in “death spiral”

Dr. Eowyn:

The U.S. Army’s assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology is sounding the alarm that our military readiness is severely compromised by sharp reductions in research, development and acquisition spending.

But Obama instead is throwing open America’s doors to illegals from Central America and, reportedly, plans to import foreign Ebola patients.

Does anyone still doubt this president’s agenda is the destruction of America?

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is a private, non-profit educational organization that represents America’s soldiers and supports the U.S. Army – Active, National Guard, Reserve, civilians, retirees, government civilians, wounded warriors, veterans, and family members.

Stew Magnuson reports for National Defense that on Oct. 15, 2014, the final day of the AUSA’s annual conference in Washington, DC, a panel of officials, industry leaders and academics spelled out all the problems with the U.S. armed services’s research, development and acquisition enterprise.

The panel’s moderator asked at what point will Army readiness be compromised by sharp reductions in research, development and acquisition spending.

Heidi Shyu

Heidi Shyu

Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and TechnologyHeidi Shyu replied, “We are already at that point” and that the Army-owned manufacturing facilities are in a “death spiral.”

Shyu said R&D and acquisition accounts have dropped twice as fast as the Army…

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Obama Names New Ebola Czar. Wait A Minute I thought We Had One.

Trust me you will want duct tape.

Trust me you will want duct tape.

I’ll be commenting in purple to help you try and make sense of this mess.

Now friends this may get confusing so I’ll try and do my best. You’ve been warned that duct tape should be applied at least 2 wraps.

Now today Skippy names a new Czar who is a sleazebag with no medical knowledge what so ever. His name is  Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden.

Obama’s New Ebola ‘Czar’ Does Not Have Medical, Health Care Background

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/10/17/obamas-new-ebola-czar-does-not-have-medical-health-care-background/

OK, I’ll get back to Klain in a bit.

Now did you know we kinda sorta had one of them thar Czar people already in place for such a thing? Yup, and her name is Nicole Lurie. Let me introduce you, and show you it right in her title.

She’s the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, a position created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that reports directly to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Her mission, according to the HHS website, is “to lead the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies.”

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/101514-721986-where-is-obama-administration-preparedness-leader-nicole-lurie-since-ebola.htm

I just looked Dr Lurie up and she certainly seems qualified. So where is she, as the link from investors.com asks, and why bring in this new schmuck ?

Because it is all politics now. They are playing politics with every Americans life right now.         sangry_blowsupheart_100-100 (2)

See HERE!

OK, now Klain has no Medical Background and get this….

“Ron Klain, the newly appointed White House Ebola response coordinator, was one of the senior White House officials who advised that President Obama should visit solar power company Solyndra in 2011, despite an auditor raising red flags about the company’s finances. “

http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/17/white-house-ebola-czar-was-key-player-in-solyndra-scandal/

~Steve~

PS I know this post is confusing as heck, but I tried. Use the duct tape.

Conservatives and liberals smell different

Political ideology and party identification are not just about political beliefs and values, they speak to nothing less than a person’s world view.

It stands to reason, therefore, conservatives and liberals must differ in many ways, including biological, homo sapiens being biological animals. As an example, studies have found that people are more attracted to the smell of those whose immune systems are compatible with their own.

Research has found that political attitudes, rooted as they are in personality and basic beliefs, also have a biological component. Conservatives, for example, have stronger disgust reactions than liberals, and some early brain-scan data hints that the two groups process risk and fear differently.

The latest discovery: Conservatives and liberals actually smell different!

A recent experiment found that conservatives like the smell of other conservatives, while liberals find the smell of conservatives repugnant.

shock

Stephanie Pappas reports for Live Science, Sept. 22, 2014, that a new study finds that people prefer the scents of those who share their political attitudes. This small, subconscious preference could explain why people gravitate toward mates whose politics mesh with theirs — perhaps compatibility has a smell.

A drone that can turn door knobs

Dr. Eowyn:

Drone technology is growing by leaps and bounds, but few of us are paying due attention.

Did you know that drones can be as small as a fly, weighing less than a gram? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2660255/Worlds-smallest-drone-Robo-fly-weighs-gram.html
Add to this the news that scientists have fashioned a drone that can turn valves, which means it can also turn door knobs.

Pay attention! Drones are being used for SURVEILLANCE. The civil liberties alarm bells should be ringing in your ears.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that were first developed for military use.

Increasingly, however, drones are used for domestic police work in the United States, which led former Texas Department of Agriculture commissioner Jim Hightower to warn about potential privacy abuses from aerial surveillance.

Add to this the news that they’ve now developed a drone that can use its arms to turn a valve, which also means the drone can turn door knobs.

Some facts about drones from Wikipedia:

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle.

An armed UAV is known as an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV).

Drones are usually deployed for military and special operation applications, but also used in a…

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Creation: The “missing link” is missing!

evolution of man

Missing link” is a hypothetical fossil form intermediate between two living forms, especially between humans and apes.

Some scientists claim that fossils first discovered near Heidelberg in Germany in 1907, which they call Homo heidelbergensis, was the direct ancestor of Homo sapiens (in Africa) and the Neanderthals (in Europe).

But there’s increasing skepticism about that.

Dr. Fazale Rana writes for Reasons To Believe, Sept. 11, 2014:

The human fossil record has recently experienced a possible disappearance of sorts. An increasing number of researchers now argue that Homo heidelbergensis, a key transition in human evolutionary scenarios, never existed. If true, this vanishing act could have horrifying consequences for naturalistic models.

Since the 1970s, paleoanthropologists believed H. heidelbergensis represents a transitional intermediate linking H. erectus to modern humans and Neanderthals. Some anthropologists believed that the “Heidelberg Man” is the common ancestor who gave rise to two separate lineages, one leading to modern humans and the other to Neanderthals and the Denisovans. Others thought that H. heidelbergensis solely led to Neanderthals and the Denisovans, while H. antecessor served as the common ancestor to the modern human and Neanderthal/Denisovan branches of the human evolutionary tree.

Researchers estimated that H. heidelbergensis existed between 800,000 and 200,000 years ago and made its home in Africa, Europe, and Asia. Support for this important hominid came from the discovery of 28 individuals recovered from the famous Sima de los Huesos (“the Pit of Bones”) in Spain. These hominids were dated to 430,000 years in age and assigned to H. heidelbergensis.

However, a recent reevaluation of this finding concluded that these creatures were much more Neanderthal-like than previously thought.1 On the basis of this conclusion, the research team from Spain argues that the Sima de los Huesos specimens couldn’t be H. heidelbergensis. This has led a number of anthropologists to argue that maybe H. heidelbergensis never existed at all.2

It is shocking to think that the re-analysis of fossil specimens from a single site can call into question the existence of one of the key transitional intermediates in most human evolutionary scenarios. If H. heidelbergensis disappears, it will leave evolutionary scenarios in a state of chaos.

References:

  1. J. L. Arsuaga et al., “Neandertal Roots: Cranial and Chronological Evidence from Sima de los Huesos,” Science 344 (June 20, 2014): 1358–63.
  2. Michael Balter, “RIP for a Key Homo Species?,” Science 345 (July 11, 2014): 129.

~Eowyn

Creation: Graphene

diamond

Carbon (from Latin: carbo “coal”) is one of the few chemical elements known since antiquity and the 6th most common element on Earth. Its symbol is C, and its atomic number is 6. (Atomic number is the number of protons found in the nucleus of an atom of that element.)

Carbon has several allotropes or forms, with varying physical properties, including:

  • Diamond: highly transparent; has a very low electrical conductivity; and the hardest naturally-occurring material known.
  • Graphite: opaque and black; a very good conductor; and soft enough to form a streak on paper (hence its name, from the Greek word “γράφω” which means “to write”).

Graphene is a very thin, one-atom thick, nearly transparent sheet of graphite. It is stronger than diamond, more conductive than copper, and more flexible than rubber.

Get used to the word “graphene” because it will revolutionize our world!

H/t Shireen

~Eowyn