Category: Idiocy


How The Feds Block Ebola Cures

 

 

 

 

 

 

” We have technology to potentially control Ebola and other viral outbreaks today. But the federal bureaucracy refuses to catch up with 21st-century science.

  For example, diagnostic startup Nanobiosym has an iPhone-sized device that can accurately detect Ebola and other infectious diseases in less than an hour.

  Two other companies, Synthetic Genomics and Novartis, have the capacity to create synthetic vaccine viruses for influenza and other infectious diseases in only four days. Both firms can also share data about outbreaks instantaneously and make real-time, geographically specific diagnosis and vaccine production possible.

  These companies could start producing Ebola vaccine/treatments tomorrow — except that the Food and Drug Administration’s insistence on randomized studies and endless demands for more data means firms have to spend millions on paperwork instead of producing medicines.

  And for every small company drained by such tactics, many others conclude it’s not even worth trying.

  These advances aren’t available because the FDA is using 19th-century science to decide which medical technologies should be used in the 21st century. “

 

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Dallas Hospital Had The Ebola Screening Machine That The Military Is Using In Africa

 

 

 

 

” The military is using an Ebola screening machine that could have diagnosed the Ebola cases in Texas far faster, but government guidelines prevent hospitals from using it to actually screen for Ebola.

  It’s a toaster-sized box called Film Array, produced by a company called BioFire, a subsidiary of bioMérieux and it’s capable of detecting Ebola with a high degree of confidence — in under an hour.

  Incredibly, it was present at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital when Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan walked through the door, complaining of fever and he had just come from Liberia. Duncan was sent home, but even still,FDA guidelines prohibited the hospital from using the machine to screen for Ebola

The Film Array retails for about $39,000 per unit and can screen for the genetic markers of a wide number of respiratory, gastro-intestinal and other illness, including Ebola, but only with the right “kit” in place. Current FDA guidelines would not have allowed Dallas Presbyterian Hospital to get that kit. That’s despite the fact that it can provide results with higher than 90 percent certainty and it’s one of the machines that the military is currently using to screen for Ebola in Africa. “

 

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Ebola Ruled Out As Passenger Dies On Nigeria Flight To JFK

 

 

 

 

” A passenger died on a Nigeria-to-JFK flight after a vomiting fit Thursday — and a top lawmaker said officials gave the corpse only a “cursory” exam before declaring that the victim did not have Ebola.

  Rep. Peter King said in a letter to Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection that the handling of the remains exposed serious flaws in airport preparedness for an Ebola outbreak.”

 

 

 

” Between 70 and 100 passengers a day arrive at JFK from the Ebola epicenter countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, King noted, and they have access to public restrooms and mingle with other travelers before their first screening. “

 

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Rand Paul Mocks The NIH For ‘Origami Condom’

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took aim Wednesday at the National Institutes of Health for blaming the agency’s slow response to the Ebola outbreak on budget cuts.

” We have people who go blithely on TV and say we don’t have enough money to study Ebola. Have you seen what the NIH spends money on?” Paul, a prospective 2016 presidential candidate, said at a campaign rally for Republican congressional candidates Dave Brat and Ed Gillespie.

Nine-hundred thirty-nine thousand dollars spent to discover whether or not male fruit flies would like to consort with younger female fruit flies,” the senator said to laughter. “One hundred seventeen thousand dollars spent to determine if most monkeys are right handed and like to throw poop with their right hands.”

 

 

 

 

” And the NIH spent $2.4 million for an “Origami condom,” said Paul, who said he spared folks in the room an explanation because it was a family audience.

  Paul appeared to be referring to a project to “radically” redesign the condom for the 21st century, according to the Origami website, in part to reduce HIV transmission.

  The NIH, Paul said, now spends about $30 billion a year, up from $17 billion in 2000.

” When they say they don’t have enough money with their big cuts, look at the bottom line,” Paul said. “No money has been cut in Washington, but it’s about time we do cut money in Washington.”

 

The Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… Are You Safer Than You Were Four Years Ago ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megyn Kelly Interviews CDC Director Tom Frieden Over Calls For Resignation – Fox News – 10-14-14

 

 

 

Published on Oct 14, 2014

” 10-14-14 – ( Fox News – The Kelly File ) – CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden faced off with Megyn Kelly tonight over how the agency is dealing with cases of Ebola in the United States. Kelly even brought up calls by her colleagues, including Bill O’Reilly, for him to resign for his mishandling of the situation. Frieden kept assuring that despite a smattering of cases in the U.S., the CDC is doing everything it can to make sure contact with others is minimal and hospitals have the tools they need to treat. Kelly confronted him with past assurances that Ebola would be stopped in its tracks and wouldn’t be coming to the United States.

  She pressed him on why the U.S. doesn’t just implement a travel ban. Frieden argued they’ve done enough by recommending all non-essential travel to West Africa be stopped for Americans, as well as stepping up airport screenings, but he doesn’t want to “isolate these countries” because it will “make it harder to stop the epidemic here.”

  Kelly kept pushing him on hospitals not being fully equipped to treat Ebola before bringing up O’Reilly’s mad-as-hell call for Frieden to resign. Frieden basically dismissed those calls and insisted, “I’m focused on protecting Americans 24/7.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cream Puff Corps: Australia, Belgium, Britain And France – Not Just The Netherlands

 

 

 

” If trains and buss are no longer safe places for soldiers on their way to work, surely they are no longer safe for ordinary citizens either.

” The best thing you can do is to make an effort to kill any infidel, French, American, or any of their allies… Smash his head with a rock, slaughter him with a knife, run him over with a car throw him from a high place, choke him or poison him.” — Mohammed al-Adnani, ISIS spokesman, September 2014.

  Instead of telling their soldiers to hide themselves, Western governments should tell their soldiers to show themselves to make clear to the jihadists, and to frightened citizens, that we in the West are not afraid of terrorists. On the contrary, we will root them out and come down on them with all our military might.

  Earlier this week, Timon Dias wrote on these pages that the Dutch authorities have ordered Dutch soldiers not to wear their uniforms when they are using public transport on their way to the barracks. But the Dutch are not the only cowards in the West. Unfortunately, the Netherlands is not the only country that, for fear of attacks by Muslim extremists, has advised its military to no longer wear their uniforms in public. Apparently, Australia, Belgium, Britain and France have done the same. “

 

 

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Krauthammer: Susan Rice Turkey Gaffe ‘A Huge Embarrassment,’ ‘Unbelievable’

 

 

Rice's Huge Turkey Gaffe

 

 

” Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer lashed out at National Security adviser Susan Rice following her seemingly premature announcement that the U.S. had reached an agreement with Turkey over using territory to train troops to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

  Krauthammer told “Special Report” host Bret Baier, after airing Rice’s comments on “Meet The Press” on Sunday, that the adviser’s proclamation, coupled with the Turks denial, is a “huge embarrassment” and “unbelievable.” The conservative commentator also blamed President Barack Obama for this failure to reach an agreement, wondering why the Turks would join a war “where the leader of the coalition is not serious.” “

 

Daily Caller

 

Be sure to check out our post of last year on Susan Rice’s track record of incompetence .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Centers For Disease Control Loses Its Grip

 

 

” I have lived long enough, now, to have seen it again and again. Something goes badly wrong involving a corporation, a university, a religious denomination, or a branch of government, and the executive in charge or a designated minion goes before the press to engage in what is euphemistically called “damage control.” The spokesman does not level with the public. He or she tries to be reassuring and — more often than not — by lying, succeeds in undermining confidence in the institution he or she represents.

  This is what is now going on with the Centers for Disease Control. In recent years, this well-respected outfit has branched out, opining in a politically correct manner on one issue after another outside its proper remit. Now it is faced with a matter absolutely central to its responsibilities — actual disease control — and it flips and flops and flounders because the ultimate boss, the President of the United States, cannot bring himself to put limits on contacts between Americans and the citizens of the countries in Africa where there is an Ebola epidemic.

  There is only one way to prevent the spread of an epidemic, and that is quarantine. No medical professional with any sense would suggest that we should admit individuals from Liberia to the United States at this time, and no medical professional worth his or her salt would say that we can test for the disease when the prospective visitor arrives at Immigration and Passport Control. Like most diseases, Ebola has an incubation period. Early on, there are no symptoms: none at all. There is no reliable way to tell whether those arriving at our ports of entry have contracted the disease or not. If we do not want it coming here, for a time, we have to keep everyone out who has been in that neck of the woods. 

  And what are we told by the authorities? That cutting off contact would contribute to the spread of the epidemic. “Just how?” we are entitled to ask. But no explanation is given because, of course, there is none. We were also told that the disease would not come here. And, when it did come here, we were told that it could easily be contained. And, when it was not contained and a medical professional wearing all the proper gear came down with the disease, we were told that he did not follow the protocol. “

 

 

Read the whole thing from Paul Rahe

 

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Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski Fight After Charlotte Race

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The tension and frustration of NASCAR’s playoffs spilled over into post-race contact on the track, on pit road and in the garage Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway following the Bank of America 500.

  Normally mild-mannered Matt Kenseth attacked Brad Keselowski in between Team Penske’s transporters, putting Keselowski in a headlock before they were separated.

  That confrontation capped a wild and confusing series of events which included contact between Kenseth, Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart.

Here’s what happened: “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dozens Of Teens Involved In Fight At State Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

” More than two dozen teens were arrested Friday night after a large fight at the Arizona State Fair. Police say as many as 60 teens from the same neighborhood were involved in the fight on the first night of the event. They reportedly began fighting with police officers who stepped in.”

 

AZFamily.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWAT Team Shot David Hooks At Home After Tip From Meth Addict

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Deputies shot and killed a man inside his Georgia home last month following an apparently bogus tip they received from a confessed meth addict and thief.

  East Dublin resident David Hooks, 59, was killed because, according to Laurens County Sheriff Bill Harrell, he aggressively brandished a gun at the SWAT team that broke in his back door. But Mitchell Shook, a lawyer for Hooks’ widow, contends that the sheriff has misled the public about the shooting and raid, which turned up no drugs.

  The sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant based on a tip from a thief who claimed he had found 20 grams of methamphetamine inside a bag he stole from a vehicle at Hooks’ home, Georgia station WMAZ reports. According to the warrant, Rodney Garrett claimed that he thought the bag was filled with cash but that he later discovered it contained meth. Garrett said that he then turned himself into the sheriff’s office because the drugs made him fear for his safety.

  Garrett, a known drug abuser, also stole a second vehicle, a SUV, from the Hooks home.

  Sheriff’s deputies raided the home without identifying themselves, Shook said, contrary to their claims that they told Hooks they were officers with a search warrant. The sheriff’s office had also said they fired at Hooks for aggressively pointing a gun at them near the back door, but Shook alleges that the deputies blindly shot at Hooks through a wall without knowing who was there.

  When Hooks’ wife saw men in dark clothing heading for their home at 11 p.m. on Sept. 24, she woke up her husband and told him that the thieves who had stolen their SUV were back. Hooks grabbed a gun and headed to the door, according to Shook.

  Deputies shot more than 16 times, Shook said in a statement.

  Authorities searched Hooks’ home for 44 hours, but found no drugs, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Hooks’ family says that he didn’t use drugs or sell them. They say he ran a successful construction company.”

 

Huff Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US Airways Feels Wrath Of Social Media When Flight Attendant Mistreats Army Ranger

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A U.S. Airways flight attendant’s alleged mistreatment of an Army Ranger on Thursday took Twitter by storm.

  According to ABC affiliate WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., the flight attendant refused a request from First Sergeant Albert Marle to hang up his uniform jacket to keep it from getting wrinkled, telling the ranger the service is only for first class passengers.

  To add insult to injury, when first class passengers agreed to exchange seats with Marle to accommodate his request, the flight attendant refused to allow it.

“ When he asked if he could hang his coat up to keep from getting wrinkled, he had a chest full of medals — many deployments,” Cliff Autrey, a passenger on the flight, told WSOC-TV. “All she had to say was, ‘Yes.’”

  Eventually, another attendant hung up the jacket to the dismay of the first attendant.

  A passenger who appeared to be on the same flight was so outraged that he began tweeting a series of messages about the incident, tagging U.S. Airways. He stressed in one tweet that “not a soul in first class had a coat. Not one!” “

 

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Democrat Senator’s Clueless Statement Causes News Anchors To Laugh Uncontrollably

 

 

 

 

 

” Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski had a laugh Tuesday at the expense of Democratic Senator Mark Pryor, who is in the midst of one of the toughest re-election campaigns in the nation.

  Pryor failed to give a straight answer to NBC News Political Correspondent Kasie Hunt, who asked him whether or not the Obama Administration was doing an appropriate job of handling the Ebola crisis.”

 

   If you’re a democrat and being laughed at by Mika and Joe you are in trouble and remember , only a month ago Sen. Pryor was an expert on Ebola , laying the blame squarely at his opponent Tom Cotton’s feet …

 

 

 

 

 

 

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City Orders Family To Get Rid Of Special Needs Child’s Make-A-Wish Gift

 

 

Make-A-Wish Playset

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” 10-year-old Tiffany Miranda of Santa Fe Springs, CA suffers from a severe seizure disorder that prevents her from playing on playground equipment in public parks. To ease her quality of life, the Make-A-Wish Foundation built her a playground play set, which her parents placed in the back yard of their own property. However, according to CBS Los Angeles, the Santa Fe Springs city government has issued a citation ordering the family to remove the play set from their back yard, claiming that it is an eyesore.

  Jessica Torres, Tiffany’s mother, told CBS Los Angeles, “When I asked the city, ‘So where do you expect my daughter to play?’ they said ‘Well, the city’s not responsible for your daughter’s disability…’ They said ‘Your Tiffany is not our problem.’” Stating her intention to fight back against the citation, Torres said, “I’m not going to let this go. I’m not going to remove the playhouse and I’m not going to remove her canopy and I want them to stop picking on my Tiffany.” Torres said that her daughter loves playing on her playground play set, “She’s able to be a normal kid. She has her own special park.” “

 

Ben Swann has more on the ever-caring State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pentagon Scraps Afghan Air Fleet For Pennies On The Dollar

 

 

 

” After spending nearly half a billion dollars on 20 planes to outfit the Afghan Air Force, the Defense Department turned around and scrapped 16 of the aircraft for 6 cents on the pound—just $32,000, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has learned.   

  The Defense Logistics Agency carried out the planes’ destruction at Kabul International Airport as the SIGAR was investigating the Defense Department’s failed program to outfit the Afghans with a fleet of twin propeller military transport aircraft. The G222 aircraft, manufactured in Italy, proved impossible for the Afghan military to maintain and the Pentagon terminated the program in March 2013, three months after the SIGAR initiated its investigation. By then, the department had spent at least $486 million on the aircraft.

  SIGAR determined that the aircraft flew only 234 hours out of 4,500 required from January through September 2012. “

 

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Joke About Ebola Gets Man Kicked Off Flight

 

 

 

 

 

” An American passenger’s “joke” while aboard a plane flying to Dominican Republic caused authorities to isolate the aircraft on the tarmac for more than a hour.

  Just before the U.S. Airways flight 845 landed on the Caribbean island the unidentified passenger yelled out, “I’ve been to Africa!” Fox News Latino reported.  Initial reports by the Dominican press said the passenger had yelled, “I have Ebola!”

  The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed nearly 4,000 lives.

  Emergency personnel wearing blue HAZMAT suits boarded the plane at Punta Cana International Airport and the passenger was escorted to the airport’s medical center for testing.”

 

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What Was Found At A Phoenix Crime Scene Could Land Holder And Obama In Boiling Hot Water

 

 

 

” The federal gun-walking operation provided weapons to criminals in Mexico – often without any subsequent tracking of their use. The death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has been attributed to a killer using one of these guns.

  The latest claims came from Judicial Watch, which offered a brief summary of its allegations in an exclusive interview with Phoenix news radio station KFYI Monday. Mark Spencer confirmed only that his organization is confident that, following an investigation, a firearm recovered at a crime scene last year will be definitively linked to the botched operation.

  Spencer noted that Judicial Watch first petitioned the Phoenix Police Department in an effort to obtain the relevant information earlier this year. As authorities have yet to comply, he explained that the organization is now pursuing action through the court system by filing a complaint with a local judge.”

 

 

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CDC: Airborne Ebola Possible But Unlikely

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Ebola virus becoming airborne is a possible but unlikely outcome in the current epidemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden said Tuesday. 

  The outbreak involves Ebola Zaire, a strain that is passed through bodily fluids, not the air. But some experts have expressed fear about viral mutations due to the unprecedented — and rising — number of Ebola cases.

” That is not to say it’s impossible that it could change [to become airborne],” he continued. “That would be the worst-case scenario. We would know that by looking at … what is happening in Africa. That is why we have scientists from the CDC on the ground tracking that.” 

  A change in the way Ebola spreads would make the virus significantly more dangerous. The disease kills roughly half the people it infects, and lacking a vaccine or cure, its traceable chain of transmission through bodily fluids is one reason officials believe they can contain it.”

 

The Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poll: Americans Worry _ Can Government Protect Us?

 

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” Americans lack confidence in the government’s ability to protect their personal safety and economic security, a sign that their widespread unease about the state of the nation extends far beyond politics, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll.

  With Election Day about a month away, more than half those in the survey said Washington can do little to effectively lessen threats such as climate change, mass shootings, racial tensions, economic uncertainty and an unstable job market.

  For many of those questioned in the poll, conducted before doctors in Texas diagnosed a Liberian man with the Ebola virus, the concern starts with the economy.

  The poll found that 9 in 10 of those most likely to vote in the Nov. 4 election call the economy an extremely or very important issue. Teasdale is among those who say the slow recovery from the recession is a top concern.

  Despite improvements nationally, business is far from booming in his state, Teasdale said. He’s been supplementing his stagnant salary by renovating and renting out duplexes and has little faith the situation will improve soon. He wants government to get out of the way of business.

” If you’re putting so much restriction on them where it isn’t practical for them to expand or grow, why should they?” Teasdale asked.

  Those surveyed also pointed to events such as the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed the fatal police shooting an unarmed black 18-year-old and the beheading of a woman in an Oklahoma food processing plant, apparently at the hand of a suspended co-worker.

” This is the first time I’ve felt insecure in my own country,” said Jan Thomas, 75, of Stevensville, Montana. “Especially after the beheading in Oklahoma. That’s scary.”

  The poll found that Democrats tend to express more faith in the government’s ability to protect them than do Republicans. Yet even among Democrats, just 27 percent are confident the government can keep them safe from terrorist attacks. Fewer than 1 in 5 say so on each of the other issues, including climate change.”

   Another first for the gentleman from “Hope & Change” . He’s the best friend fans of liberty have ever had , albeit unintentionally … Read the rest from AP News

Security Video Of Fight Tells The Story In Council Bluffs Teen’s Death, Leads To Charge Being Dropped

 

 

 

 

 

” The security video shows the punch that led to the death of a 17-year-old Abraham Lincoln High School student.

  It also shows what led up to that punch, and those images, authorities say, led them to drop the charge against the student who threw it.

  Dakota Escritt, 17, shoves Gregory Teer, 16. He shoves him again. Then again. Eventually, Teer shoves back, repeatedly. Both boys bring their arms up. Teer strikes first, punching Escritt.

  Escritt, unconscious, falls backwards to the floor, limp. His head bounces on the tile. Three days later, in an Omaha hospital, Escritt dies.

  That video recording of the Sept. 25 incident shows Escritt instigated the confrontation that led to his death, at an Omaha hospital, and is the key evidence that led Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber to drop a felony assault charge against Teer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Officials Say 80 People May Have Been Exposed To Ebola Patient: Report

 

 

80 Exposed To Ebola

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” As many as 80 people were in contact with the Dallas Ebola patient at some point, Texas health officials told NBC, marking a significant jump from the 18 people authorities had said may have been exposed to the deadly virus.

  Additionally, four members of the patient’s family have been ordered to stay home as a precaution even though they are not showing symptoms, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement.”

 

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Scrutiny In Texas To Detect Whether Ebola Has Spread

 

 

 

 

” The man who has become the first Ebola patient to develop symptoms in the United States told officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital last Friday that he had just arrived from West Africa but was not admitted that day because that information was not passed along at the hospital, officials acknowledged Wednesday.

  The man, Thomas E. Duncan, was sent home under the mistaken belief that he had only a mild fever, a hospital administrator said; the information that he had traveled from Liberia, one of the nations at the heart of the Ebola epidemic, was overlooked. “

” Mr. Duncan came back to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday and was admitted for treatment, but in those two days in between, his contacts with a number of people — including five schoolchildren and the medics who helped transport him to the hospital — potentially exposed them to Ebola, forcing officials to monitor and isolate them in their homes and to begin a thorough cleaning of the schools the students attended. Mr. Duncan is now in serious but stable condition.”

NY Times has more on this even as Obama claims to have set up “screening process” at the borders

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