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That's rich: After hiring Ebola crisis actors, NYT decries Ebola conspiracy theories

The august New York Times used paid “crisis actors” in its video report on the Ebola epidemic from Liberia — and, in so doing, feeds conspiracy theories about Ebola. But the paper has the audacity (Obama’s favorite word) to publish an article decrying Ebola conspiracy theories.
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Beginning at the 8:08 mark in the video above, you’ll see the New York Times‘ video report of a young man wearing a neon-green t-shirt supposedly sick with Ebola, who flung himself to the ground outside a health clinic. Note that he displays none of the symptoms of Ebola: no sweat, no vomit, no diarrhea.
Most damning is the fact that, beg. at the 12:42 mark in the video, as he was walking away from the camera, the young man’s father stuffed a handful of cash into his back pocket.
Ebola cash
My post on this, “Is Ebola pandemic a false flag?,” also dealt with CNN similarly resorting to crisis actors in its reporting on Ebola. Ask yourself this question:

Why would NYT and CNN hire Liberians to PRETEND they’re deathly ill with Ebola? 

See also these other fake reportings by CNN at Sandy Hook and the Gulf War.
Below is Alan Feuer’s hypocritical New York Times article of Oct. 18, 2014, on Ebola conspiracy theories.
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The Ebola Conspiracy Theories

The spread of Ebola from western Africa to suburban Texas has brought with it another strain of contagion: conspiracy theories.

The outbreak began in September, when The Daily Observer, a Liberian newspaper, published an article alleging that the virus was not what it seemed — a medical disaster — but rather a bioweapon designed by the United States military to depopulate the planet. Not long after, accusations appeared online contending that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had patented the virus and was poised to make a fortune from a new vaccine it had created with the pharmaceutical industry. There were even reports that the New World Order, that classic conspiracy bugbear involving global elites, had engineered Ebola in order to impose quarantines, travel bans and eventually martial law.

While most of these theories have so far lingered on the fringes of the Internet, a few stubborn cases have crept into the mainstream. In the last few weeks, conservative figures like Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham have floated the idea that President Obama had sent aid to Africa, risking American lives, because of his guilt over slavery and colonialism. And just days ago, the hip-hop artist Chris Brown took to Twitter, announcing to his 13 million followers: “I don’t know … but I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control.”

Conspiracy theories have always moved in tandem with the news, offering shadow explanations for distressing or perplexing events. Though typically dismissed as a destructive mix of mendacity and nonsense, they often reflect societal fears.

“Conspiracy theories don’t have to be true to tell us something about ourselves,” said Michael Barkun, a professor emeritus of political science at Syracuse University and the author of “Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America.” “They’re not effective as accurate accounts — they’re effective as expressions of anxiety.”

The notion, for example, that health officials are conspiring with Big Pharma to consciously spread — and then cure — Ebola as a profit-making venture might sound like the plot to a cheesy summer thriller, but in fact it touches on a genuine aspect of our health care system, said Mark Fenster, a professor at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law and the author of “Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture.”

“The truth is that we do rely on private corporations to develop and produce our pharmaceuticals,” he said. “While we may not like that fact, it’s not so hard or paranoid to imagine private companies acting in their own best interests.”

The theory works, Professor Fenster added, because it is “truthy,” to borrow from the comedian Stephen Colbert. Which is to say, it has just enough veracity “that it rings true when carried to Ebola,” he said.

It’s not surprising that populist and anti-government conspiracies are rampant at a moment when opinion polls suggest that our trust in government has reached a record low. In fact, most theories pit those who perceive themselves as powerless against a dominant cabal of secretive elites.

That model certainly seems to fit the allegation that the Department of Defense created Ebola in a military lab to loose on the world as a Malthusian device to reduce the population. “Conspiracies against the powerless tend to be effective because the masses often feel that way,” James F. Broderick, an English professor at New Jersey City University and co-author of “Web of Conspiracy: A Guide to Conspiracy Theory Sites on the Internet,” said. “They reflect and reinforce the idea that ordinary citizens are victims of the government.”

Viral outbreaks, as a genre, have long attracted conspiracy theorists, beginning in medieval times when the Jewish leaders of Toledo, Spain, were blamed for having spread the Black Plague. More recently, the AIDS epidemic was also said to have been caused by a government plot.

The Ebola virus, experts say, is classic conspiracy theory fodder: a silent killer that penetrates the body undetected and lies dormant for weeks. Its sources are obscure, its symptoms horrific.

“Diseases in particular are suited to conspiracy because they are invisible and invisibly transmitted,” Professor Barkun said. “Our senses can’t tell us exactly how the danger spreads. The theory has an answer for what mystifies and frightens.”

Many conspiracy theorists pride themselves on having inside information, but in the case of Ebola such alleged information, or misinformation — the government is in on it! — can erode the public trust when it’s needed most.

“If these were just opinions that people spouted off on talk radio or at dinner parties, you could argue that there wasn’t much harm,” Professor Broderick said. “But to have the C.D.C. debased in public as a puppet of the New World Order or of major corporations is obviously a dangerous proposition.”

 Nonetheless, some scholars find value in conspiracy theories because they allow us to vent and give voice to hidden fears.

“I view these things as a way of framing the world, of offering us narratives,” Professor Fenster said. “And they’re not necessarily a bad thing. Conspiracy theories are something that’s available in American discourse as a way of telling stories, as a way of explaining who we are.”

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U.S. official says Army's industrial base in "death spiral"

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?

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Family of Ebola-stricken nurse Amber Vinson say she was 'in no way careless' flying while sick

Amber Vinson

Amber Vinson


Daily Mail: The family of a Dallas nurse who cared for Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan then caught the disease herself have angrily denied she was ‘careless’ in flying to Ohio and back while carrying the virus.
Amber Vinson, 29, who works at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, caught Ebola after helping to care for Duncan. She then went on a trip to Ohio and back – and was hospitalized with the virulent illness hours after her return. In the wake of her trip 153 people are being monitored for signs of the disease, and three are in quarantine.
In a statement released by her family today, they say Vinson would never ‘knowingly’ put anybody at risk, was vigilant in testing herself for signs, and followed all the relevant protocols.
The statement attacked any suggestion that she ignored medical or government guidelines. Medical staff dealing with Ebola are allowed to fly provided they wore protective gear while dealing with the virus.
The statement said she reported her body temperature three times before boarding her flight home last week.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged Vinson checked in repeatedly and was cleared for travel.
Cleveland station WOIO reported the family’s statement and said that they feel public comments and media outlets ‘mischaracterize Amber and her actions’. It said: ‘Suggestions that she ignored any of the physician and government-provided protocols recommended to her are patently untrue and hurtful. Although the majority of the correspondences we have received since her diagnosis have been positive, we are troubled by some of the negative public comments and media coverage that mischaracterize Amber and her actions.”
‘To be clear, in no way was Amber careless prior to or after her exposure to Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan. She has not and would not knowingly expose herself or anyone else.’
Three people have been quarantined in northeast Ohio following Vinson’s visit to Cleveland to prepare for her wedding. None of the three, quarantined after new monitoring guidelines by the state, has exhibited Ebola-like symptoms.
Initially, only Vinson’s stepfather had been quarantined, in his home in suburban Akron. The two others, in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, and in Summit County, were quarantined after.
Ohio governor John Kasich ordered the new guidelines, which include travel restrictions, on Saturday. A state health official said the guidelines are meant to remove any chance of Ebola spreading. ‘As we’ve seen, travel is a potential problem,’ state epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio said. ‘It’s why the people of Ohio are dealing with the situation we have right now.’
Under the guidelines, anyone who has had direct contact with the skin, mucus membranes, blood or bodily fluids of someone diagnosed with Ebola must be quarantined for 21 days.
Anyone who did not have direct skin contact but reported spending more than an hour in close proximity to an infected person is not to travel commercially for 21 days. Such people also are to seek permission to travel outside the health jurisdictions where they live. People who were in the same enclosed space as an Ebola carrier are not to travel outside the U.S.
Kasich said the federal government should ban travel from West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola epidemic, which has killed thousands of people, mainly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
Vinson cared for a man who died from the disease in Dallas. She was diagnosed last week. She flew from Dallas to Cleveland on Oct. 10 and flew back on Oct. 13.
Ebola is spread through bodily fluids. Someone who is infected does not become contagious until he or she shows symptoms of the disease. Health officials have said Vinson exhibited some symptoms while in Ohio.
There are 153 people being monitored in Ohio because of contact or potential contact with Vinson. They include people with whom Vinson had direct contact, those who visited the Akron bridal shop where her bridesmaids tried on dresses on Oct. 11 and those who were passengers on the flights she took.
Vinson is being cared for at a specialized unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Her family said she is a ‘deeply committed nurse driven by a fundamental passion for helping others.’ One of Vinson’s Dallas hospital colleagues, Nina Pham, also is being treated for Ebola.
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People Magazine has a glaring omission about Thomas Eric Duncan

Thomas Duncan, the First Ebola Victim in the U.S., Remembered as Caring, Compassionate Man

Thomas Eric Duncan (from a Facebook photo)

Thomas Eric Duncan (from a Facebook photo)


People: Thomas Eric Duncan was remembered Saturday as a big-hearted and compassionate man whose virtues may have led to his infection with Ebola in his native Liberia and subsequent death as the first victim of the disease in the United States.
Family and friends gathered at a small Southern Baptist church with a primarily Liberian flock near where Duncan’s mother and other family members live.
Duncan’s neighbors in Liberia believe he was infected by helping a pregnant woman who later died from Ebola. It was unclear if he knew about her diagnosis before traveling to the United States. Duncan denied helping his Ebola-sickened neighbor, but it would be consistent with the caring nature he always showed, said his nephew Josephus Weeks of nearby Kannapolis.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that what’s described in the news is something that Eric would do,” said Weeks, who like Duncan is 42 and grew up in the same households as his uncle. “Eric would have been out there and helped that woman. And he would have done everything that he needed to do for that woman to make sure she was fine.”
Retired United Methodist bishop Arthur Kulah said Duncan attended a high school the cleric helped establish in neighboring Ivory Coast for refugees from the Liberian civil war that raged through the 1990s. To generate much-needed income, Duncan jury-rigged a telephone connection allowing fellow refugees to contact family abroad for help, Kulah said.
“People would go there without any money and appeal to him, and he was willing to give them time to talk to their people. There were some people who paid and some people who didn’t pay,” Kulah said. “He was such a compassionate young man, respectful young man.”

About 40 friends and family members – many women wearing colorful headscarves – collected inside the 100-seat church and listened as speakers remembered Duncan accompanied by an electric piano and bongos. His weeping mother sat in the front row. Weeks’ 3-year-old son dabbed at the elderly woman’s teary eyes with a tissue.
Duncan left Ivory Coast and learned auto mechanics and welding at a United Nations school for refugees in Ghana, relatives said. He came to the United States hoping to work multiple jobs, save money and build a future, said his relative, Harry Korkoya of Woodbridge, Virginia.
Duncan is also survived by four children, none of whom could attend the memorial service, Weeks said. The four people living in the Dallas apartment where Duncan stayed after arriving in the United States are due to leave quarantine next week after the end of a 21-day incubation period for the disease.
Weeks remembered the Duncan he last saw 22 years ago as an athletic youth who was their neighborhood’s best at soccer played with a tennis ball, the only kind available. He drove motorcycles so fast it scared Weeks, and named their pet dog Superstar to reflect the pride he had in the animal. Duncan commonly gave away money, then asked Weeks for a loan, he said.
He cared for everybody, it doesn’t matter who you were. If he was driving he saw you over there, he wouldn’t splash you with dirty water. He’d pull over and let you in his car,” Weeks said.

The glaring omission from the People article: “Thomas Eric Duncan answered “no” to questions about whether he had cared for a patient with the deadly virus. Duncan also answered no to a question about whether he had touched the body of someone who died in an area affected by the disease.”

How respectful…

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Obama to import Ebola-infected foreigners into America

President Ebola
Thomas Eric Duncan, an Ebola-infested Liberian whom U.S. Customs allowed into the U.S., had managed to transmit the virus to two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas before he died from the terrible hemorrhagic fever. Now Obama means to import in more Thomas Eric Duncans into the United States.
As President Ebola continues to refuse closing America’s borders to travelers from West Africa — the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic — Judicial Watch, the non-partisan D.C.-based citizens watchdog group, reports on Oct. 17, 2014 that the Obama administration is actively formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment.  Specifically, the goal of the administration is to bring Ebola patients here for treatment within the first days of diagnosis.
Crazier still, Obama’s plans include special waivers of laws and regulations that currently ban the admission of non-citizens with a communicable disease as dangerous as Ebola.
Judicial Watch’s source says the Obama administration is keeping from Congress this illegal plan that endangers the public health and welfare of Americans.
Well, all you Congress critters in the House and Senate, now you know! So what are you gonna do about this travesty?
Meanwhile, to add to the cheery news [sarc], scientist Peter Jahrling of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease warns that the Ebola virus may have already mutated into an even more virulent and contagious variant than previous strains.
Jahrling has dedicated his life to studying some of the most dangerous viruses on the planet. In 1989, he helped discover Reston, a new Ebola strain, in his Virginia lab.
Julia Belluz reports for Vox, Oct. 13, 2014, that Jahrling’s team discovered from tests on Ebola patients in Liberia that the virus appears to carry a much higher “viral load.” In other words, Ebola victims today have more of the virus in their blood — and that could make them more contagious.
Jahrling describes the current Ebola virus as burning “hotter and quicker,” which means it’s more contagious and easily spread. As he puts it, “If true, that’s a very different bug.”
On the Ebola virus being air-borne, Jahrling says, “You can argue that any time the virus replicates it’s going to mutate. So there is a potential for the thing to acquire an aerogenic property but that would have to be a dramatic change.”
There are five strains of Ebola, four of which have caused the disease in humans: Zaire, Sudan, Taï Forest, and Bundibugyo. The fifth, Reston, has infected nonhuman primates only. Though scientists haven’t been able to confirm this, the animal host of Ebola is widely believed to be the fruit bat, and the virus only seldomly makes the leap into humans.
The current outbreak involves the Zaire strain, which was discovered in 1976 — the year Ebola was first identified in what was then Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). That same year, the virus was also discovered in South Sudan.
The Ebola virus is extremely rare. Among the leading causes of death in Africa, it only accounts for a tiny fraction. Africans are much more likely to die from AIDS, respiratory infections, or diarrhea.
H/t FOTM reader America UNITE and The Extinction Protocol
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Voting Guide for 2014-2016 Elections

This is all you need!
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New Ebola czar absent from White House Ebola strategy meetings

This really inspires our confidence in Ron Klain, the newly-appointed “Ebola response coordinator” Ebola Czar — he didn’t even attend a White House strategy meeting on how to deal with the alleged Ebola epidemic. (See “Is Ebola pandemic a false flag?“)

Ron Klain with the POS

Ron Klain with the POS


Breitbart reports, Oct. 17, 2014, that an email blast from the White House listing the meeting’s participants did not include Klain, who was given the position earlier in the day. Here’s the list of the meeting’s participants:

  • Vice President Joe Biden
  • Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense
  • Sylvia Burwell, Secrety of Health and Human Services
  • Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff
  • Shaun Donovan, Direct of the Office of Management and Budget
  • John Podesta, Counselor to the President
  • Susan Rice, National Security Advisor
  • General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Samantha Power, Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations (she telecommuted)
  • Dr. John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  • Rajiv Shah, Administrator to the U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Nancy Powell, State Department Ebola Coordinator
  • Katie Beirne Fallon, Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs
  • Jennifer Palmieri, Director of Communications
  • Joshua Earnest, Press Secretary
  • Suzanne George, Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council
  • Brian Egan, National Security Council Legal Advisor
  • Rand Beers, Deputy Assistant to the President of Homeland Security

Klain can claim an illustrious [sarc] record of accomplishments, including:

  • Being a former chief of staff to VPOS Joe Biden.
  • Signing off on President Ebola’s support of a $535 million loan guarantee for now-defunct solar-panel company Solyndra, and advising the POS to visit Solyndra in 2011, despite an auditor raising red flags about the company’s finances. (See “Crony Capitalism: Obama’s $535M Loan to Now Bankrupt Solyndra“)
  • And then, of course, there’s the fact that Klain does not have a medical or a health care background. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

No wonder Wikipedia’s entry on Klain begins by identifying him as “an American lawyer and political operative.”
H/t Rebel Mouse

Update (Oct. 19, 2014):

Surprise! (not)
America’s new Ebola Czar was absent for yet another White House Ebola strategy meeting!
On Saturday, Oct. 18, Obama played a 5-hour round of golf before arranging a late evening meeting convening “members of his national security and public health teams to update him on the response to the domestic Ebola cases.” For a second time, Ron Klain’s name is absent from White House’s full list of everyone who attended. (Source)
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Is Ebola pandemic a false flag?

The Ebola epidemic that began in West Africa last spring, has now become a worldwide pandemic:

  • A reported 4,500 people in West Africa had died from the terrible hemorrhagic fever. (In the infection’s last stage, the victim bleeds from every orifice.)
  • In the United States, one man had died — a Liberian named Thomas Eric Duncan who, despite being infected with the Ebola virus, nevertheless flew from Nigeria and was admitted by U.S. Customs. Two more are now infected, Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham. Both are nurses who had attended to Duncan at Dallas’ Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
  •  In Spain, a woman is hospitalized and diagnosed with Ebola.

In response, some state and local governments in the U.S. went into overdrive:

  • 10 days ago on October 7, even though no one in Connecticut was or is reported to be infected, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed an order declaring a public health emergency for the state, thereby giving the public health commissioner the authority to quarantine and isolate people whom the commissioner “reasonably believes has been exposed to the Ebola virus.” (NECN) Recall that Connecticut is home of the Sandy Hook hoax.
  • Schools in Texas and Ohio are closed (Oct. 16) after officials learned that students and an adult had either been on the flight with the infected nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, or had contact with her while she was visiting the Akron area. (NY Times)
  • Dallas County may declare a state of disaster: Dallas County Commissioners voted yesterday, Oct. 16, to declare a local state of disaster caused by the Ebola virus. The county “has the potential to suffer widespread or severe damage, injury, loss or threat of life resulting from the Ebola virus,” according to a proposed draft of the declaration. (Bloomberg)
  • Two individuals are being quarantined in Connecticut and Florida for showing symptoms of Ebola after traveling to West Africa.

woman in hazmat suit in DullesAs the American people go into a mass panic over Ebola — one woman (pic above) even wore a hazmat suit while waiting for her flight in Dulles International Airportthere are some who say the epidemic is a hoax, if not in Africa then at least here in the United States.
The skeptics say the Ebola pandemic is another false flag to create a nationwide crisis that the Obama regime will use as a pretext to impose martial law and suspend the upcoming mid-term elections. Writing for HenryMakow.com, Richard Evans claims that “international treaties and Executive Orders to enable the Pandemic Quarantine cover for martial law were put in place between 2004-2008.” (See “Ebola Pandemic Smells Like a Hoax“)
Others say there is no Ebola epidemic in West Africa — that the only West Africans who became sick are those who’d received “injections” from the Red Cross; and that the Obama regime is using the pandemic as an excuse to set “boots on the ground” in West Africa to steal Nigeria’s oil and Sierra Leone’s diamonds. Good grief. (See Jim Stone’s blog)

I don’t know if the skeptics are right, but here are their arguments and evidence for your discernment.

I. The Fake News Reports

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1. CNN’s “Inside Liberia’s Ebola Crisis” report used crisis actors:
Beginning at the 5:03 mark in the video above, you’ll see Liberians performing as “crisis actors” for CNN. Please note that an individual in full Ebola-symptom mode would be sweating, vomiting, and having diarrhea, but the two half-naked men in the van are symptomless.
Then there’s the naked “crisis actor” boy who was healthy and walking right before he plopped himself down on a mat, supposedly sick with Ebola.
2. New York Times paid the father of supposed Ebola victim:
Beginning at the 8:08 mark in the video above, you’ll see the New York Times‘ video report of a young man wearing a neon-green t-shirt, supposedly sick with Ebola, who flung himself to the ground outside a health clinic. Note that he displays none of the symptoms of Ebola: no sweat, no vomit, no diarrhea.
Most damning is the fact that, beg. at the 12:42 mark in the video, as he was walking away from the camera, the young man’s father stuffed a handful of cash into his back pocket.
Ebola cash
Ask yourself this question:

Why would CNN and NYT hire Liberians to PRETEND they’re deathly ill with Ebola? 

See also these other fake reportings by CNN at Sandy Hook and the Gulf War.

II. People Who Ignored Health Protocol

  1. To begin, there’s the clueless worker cleaning and disinfecting an elementary school in Dallas, with the sleeves of his hazmat suit rolled up. (A student or more in the school had had contact with Patient Zero Thomas Eric Duncan.)
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  2. Then there’s this man hosing Duncan’s puke from the pavement of his apartment building, The Ivy, in Dallas. Duncan had projectile-vomited before he was taken into an ambulance to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
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    The above two men may be dismissed as uneducated clueless dopes. But what about . . .
    3. The “clipboard man” without a hazmat suit
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    He’s the man casually dressed in shirt and pants, carrying a clipboard, seen on TV walking alongside Ebola patient Amber Vinson and other healthcare workers all dressed in hazmat suits, at Dallas Love Field on Oct. 15.
    Vinson is a nurse who had attended to “Patient Zero” Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She was being flown to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. (See DCG’s post on this here.)
    “Clipboard man” has been identified as a medical safety coordinator with Phoenix Air, the U.S. transportation company that has provided air ambulance services for several Ebola patients, including Vinson. A company executive told CBS News “clipboard man” doesn’t wear protective gear so he can act as the team’s eyes and ears on the tarmac. A CDC official said the man had maintained a safe distance from Vinson while working on the tarmacs at both ends, so it’s okay. The man boarded the plane with Vinson, flying with her all the way to Atlanta. (CBS)
    You may say “clipboard man” is a dope. But what about the chief medical correspondent for NBC? Surely, she would know better?
    4. NBC chief medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Sniderman

Nancy SnidermanDr. Nancy Sniderman: pic on left was taken when she was in Liberia

Sniderman was part of an NBC news team that recently went to Liberia to report on the Ebola epidemic. When a member of the team, freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, tested positive for Ebola, Sniderman and 7 others were put under voluntary quarantine. They are to avoid public contact for 21 days.

Note: Mukpo was flown to the U.S. on a specially-altered flight with an isolation chamber and is being treated at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha with an experimental drug, brincidofovir or CMX001, and a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, who had beat Ebola.

But Sniderman violated the quarantine — all because she wanted her favorite soup. Last week, she and a flunky pulled up in her Mercedes outside a New Jersey restaurant, the Peasant Grill. The flunky went in the restaurant and got soup to go, while Sniderman waited in the car, wearing sunglasses with her hair in a ponytail.

The Daily Mail reports on Oct. 16, 2014 that Sniderman is unrepentant. Instead of taking personal responsibility, she’s blaming her flunky. She said: “members of our group violated those [quarantine] guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days have passed. We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal. As a health professional I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public.

As a physician and CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT FOR NBC, surely Dr. Sniderman would know that an individual infected with Ebola is symptomless for as many as 2 weeks, or so we’ve been told. But a new research study published in the journal PLOS One now says 21 days might not be a long enough quarantine period for those who have been exposed to the Ebola virus because in some cases (0.1-12%), the incubation time may be more than 21 days.
(P.S. Through the years, I’ve grown to dislike Nancy Sniderman, but I couldn’t put my finger on why. Now I know.)
Then there’s the matter of whether Ebola fever can even be diagnosed before the patient reaches the horrific end stage of hemorrhaging from every body orifice.

III. Diagnosing Ebola

The CDC says that:

Diagnosing Ebola in an person who has been infected for only a few days is difficult, because the early symptoms, such as fever, are nonspecific to Ebola infection and are seen often in patients with more commonly occurring diseases, such as malaria and typhoid fever.
However, if a person has the early symptoms of Ebola and has had contact with the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola, contact with objects that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola, or contact with infected animals, they should be isolated and public health professionals notified. Samples from the patient can then be collected and tested to confirm infection.
Laboratory tests used in diagnosis include:
Within a few days after symptoms begin:

  • Antigen-capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) testing
  • IgM ELISA
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Virus isolation

Later in disease course or after recovery:

  • IgM and IgG antibodies

Retrospectively in deceased patients:

  • Immunohistochemistry testing
  • PCR
  • Virus isolation

But if, according to the CDC, Ebola can be diagnosed with such tests as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, polymerase chain reaction, and IgM and IgG antibodies, then why is it that as recent as December 2013, the Department of Defense’s Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense published a document soliciting contractors to develop ways to diagnose Ebola? The report is titled Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) For Medical Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Countermeasure Developmental Studies, and can be read here.
On page 33, the document reads:

The DOD has a need for technologies for the prediction, detection, identification, and clinical diagnosis of infection by warfare pathogens and toxins.

On page 29 under “Scope of Proposals Sought,” the document reads:

4. Diagnostics: Develop and integrate chemical, biological, radiological & nuclear (CBRN) technologies to enable early warning, identification, and continued situational awareness of potential global health threats.

On pages 30-31, under “Mission Areas,” the document reads:

Overarching priorities of the Biological Medical Prophylaxis program include […] Infectious agents upon which the Biological Medical Prophylaxis program places its current focus include Ebola virus, Marburg virus, poxvirus models of variola virus and those agents causing Venezuelan equine encephalitis, Tularemia, Plague, Q-fever, and Brucellosis.

What do you think? Are we being deliberately whipped into a frenzy? Or is the Ebola pandemic real?
While our attention is focused on Ebola, there is a far deadlier virus that’s sweeping across America. It’s the mysterious respiratory disease that doctors think is enterovirus EV-D68, which we have every reason to suspect was brought into America across the Mexican border by the ongoing “surge” of illegals, including unaccompanied children, without a health screening. (See Steve’s post on this here.)
The enterovirus has struck every state, sickened some 700 and, according to the CDC, killed 5 children and 2 adults. And for a supposed respiratory viral infection, it has caused a polio-like paralysis in some patients.
H/t FOTM’s MomofIV, josephbc69, and Anon.
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Remember All Those Kids Coming Across Our Open Border?

Well they’re  still coming , and bringing some nasty virus’s. I don’t know why, but with everyone watching Ebola it seems we forgot about this junk. Hmmmm You know Skippy. Always have to watch the left hand while he waves the right.

WND EXCLUSIVE

CDC DENIES ENTEROVIRUS LINK TO ILLEGAL-ALIEN KIDS

Disease common in Latin America was rare in U.S.

JEROME R. CORSI
NEW YORK – The CDC denies a causal link between the surge of illegal-alien children from Latin America and the enterovirus D-68 outbreak in the United States, but government data show the virus was rare in the U.S. before this year.
“There is no evidence that unaccompanied children brought EV-D68 into the United States; we are not aware of any of these children testing positive for the virus,” the CDC emailed WND in response to a request for comment.
The CDC argued EV-D68 is not new to the U.S., having been identified in California in 1962.
“In previous years, it has not been as commonly identified as other enteroviruses,” CDC said. “This year’s increase in confirmed cases is not due to a recent introduction in the United States.”
However, evidence buried in peer-reviewed medical journals provides support for the argument enterovirus D-68, or EV-D68, in the United States was a relatively rare disease. The EV-D68 epidemic occurred only after the surge this year of unaccompanied alien children illegally crossing the border from Latin America, a region where the virus is more prevalent among young children.
The CDC records nearly 700 people who have been diagnosed with the virus this year. Five children have died while infected.
As WND reported Tuesday, EV-D68, believed to cause polio-like paralysis in addition to flu symptoms, is widely suspected to have a direct connection to the Obama administration policy of placing across the U.S. tens of thousands of minors who have been allowed to enter without a health screening.
D-68 surge coincides with illegal aliens
The surge in EV D-68 in the U.S. became evident in mid-September when the CDC first reported it had reached epidemic levels in six U.S. states: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri.
The surge in unaccompanied minors was also evident in September, with the numbers jumping from 16,067 apprehended in Fiscal Year 2011 to 24,481 in FY 2012 and from 38,833 in FY 2013 to 47,017 in the first eight months of FY 2014.
Currently, a page on the CDC website dedicated to “Enterovirus D68 in the United States, 2014″ discloses, “The United States is currently experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness.”
Rest Of WND Story HERE!
~Steve~

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New poll finds President Ebola and the Democrats in trouble

Pres Ebola overpass signSeen on a freeway overpass somewhere in America

Meanwhile, ABC News reports, Oct. 15, 2014, that a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that President Ebola and the Democrats “are heading into the midterm elections in trouble.”
The poll’s findings, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates:

  • The POS’s 40% job approval rating — STILL 40% JOB APPROVAL! — is the lowest of his career.
  • The Democratic Party’s popularity is its weakest in 30 years, with more than half of Americans (51%) seeing the party unfavorably for the first time, and just 39% see it favorably.
  • The Republican Party has a weaker 33%-56% favorable-unfavorable rating. But while the Democrats have lost 10 points in favorability just since August, the GOP has held steady – and its negative score has eased by 7 points in the past year. The GOP also benefits from its supporters’ greater likelihood of voting. All of which accounts for GOP candidates holding a 50-43% lead among likely voters for U.S. House seats in the Nov. 4 election.
  • 71% of Americans express worry about a terrorist attack.
  • 65% say they’re concerned about an Ebola epidemic.
  • Almost two-thirds say the country is headed seriously off on the wrong track.
  • Three-quarters are dissatisfied with the way the political system is working. Scorn is widely cast: Among those who are dissatisfied with the political system, two-thirds say both sides are equally to blame, with the rest dividing evenly between Obama and his party, vs. the Republicans in Congress, as the chief culprits. But as a nearly 6-year incumbent president, Obama – and by extension his party – are most at risk.
  • On which party they trust more to handle the main problems facing the country:
    • Among all Americans: it’s 39% vs. 39%.
    • Among registered voters: it’s 41% for the Republican Party vs. 38% for the Democrats.
    • But among likely voters this becomes an 8-point Republican advantage: 46% for the GOP vs. 38% for the Democrats.
  • Obama is at career lows in approval for his handling of immigration, international affairs and terrorism (long his best issue). Approval of his handling of the conflict with Islamic State insurgents in Iraq and Syria has plummeted by 15% in the last two weeks, amid questions about the progress of the air campaign now under way. (See “Obama’s ISIL strategy reexamined: air strikes ineffective; weak coalition“)
  • While Obama’s negative rating on handling the economy has eased, more Americans say they’ve gotten worse off rather than better off under his presidency:
    • 77% are worried about the economy’s future.
    • 57% say America has  been experiencing a long-term decline in living standards – all grim assessments as Election Day looms.

ABC poll on economy
Never forget that in Obama’s mind, there’s something wrong with you if you don’t think America is better off under his presidency.
See PDF of the poll with full results, charts and tables here.
~Eowyn

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