We hate to be the one to state the obvious (again), but how much more like a bad pandemic movie is this so-called “Ebola crisis” going to be allowed to get?
Yes. “Allowed.” The word was chosen carefully here. Why?
Let’s start back at in oh, let’s go with June, back when Ebola first began murdering people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Somewhere between 300 and 400 people had died, and the news was still fit for little more than the ticker tape at the bottom of the screen on most 24/7 networks. Barely anyone was even paying attention. People shrugged it off with little fanfare and the apathetic attitude of, “Well, that’s just what happens in Africa sometimes…”
The death toll continued to rise. Ebola continued to openly spread. No travel restrictions between borders were put in place. No air travel bans were instituted. No nothing. Finally officials had to call it — this Ebola outbreak was the deadliest in known human history. So what did that change?
Not much. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the situation was “totally out of control” and “one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks ever.” So challenging in fact, that they rushed to action by…calling a meeting.
Meanwhile, more people died. The virus continued to spread. The healthcare system in these African nations was finally — not surprisingly — overwhelmed. No one in the mainstream press bothered to mention the fact that biowarfare researchers from Tulane University and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick had just so happened to have been over in the Ebola hot zone countries, propagating cultures of different types of Ebola viruses (and Marburg virus and Lassa virus and Dengue virus and West Nile virus and yellow fever virus and chikungunya virus) in labs in the years leading up to this outbreak.
Here’s one of the scholarly articles published from that research just this past July in the CDC’s journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
In it, the researchers conclude, “PRNT is the laboratory standard for immunologic assays… In the ebolavirus PRNTs, we did not include the newest discovered ebolavirus, Bundibugyo virus, which cross-reacts with EBOV [Ebola virus] in immunoassays. Ebolavirus infections in Sierra Leone might be the result of Bundibugyo virus or an ebolavirus genetic variant and not EBOV.”
By the way, there are five types of Ebola virus and the newest strain is named Bundibugyo, or Ebobun for short. The U.S. government actually holds a patent on this strain — US 20120251502 A1, for “Human Ebola Virus Species and Compositions and Methods Thereof” related to the Bundibugyo version of the virus.
Jon Rappoport was one of the few alternative journalists who actually reported on this:
The research program, occurring in Sierra Leone, the Republic of Guinea, and Liberia—said to be the epicenter of the 2014 Ebola outbreak—has the announced purpose, among others, of detecting the future use of fever-viruses as bioweapons.
Is this purely defensive research? Or as we have seen in the past, is this research being covertly used to develop offensive bioweapons?
Why do we have reports that the government of Sierra Leone has recently told Tulane researchers to stop this testing?
Once Ebola got out of control enough that the doctors, nurses and aid workers in those countries began dying of it regardless of all medical precautions taken including bleach baths and full body protective gear, two Americans were infected. So what did our government do?
The State Department spent an astounding $5 million and made a big huge PR deal, with the lapdog establishment media in lock step, to deploy a jet complete with a special Aeromedical Biological Containment System that looked more like a bunch of plastic sandwich bags quilted together with twisty ties to fly these people — a male doctor and a female nurse — back to America for (experimental) treatment.
These two Ebola-infected Americans were handled with what appeared to be the utmost caution. Helicopter video from news outlets shows medical teams decked out in full-body protective gear to bring these people into the hospital for treatment…except.
Except in the first instance, there was an unprotected cameraman snapping away just a few feet from the infected doctor as he got out of the ambulance to walk into the hospital. In the instance of the nurse, the crew suited up to wheel her in on a gurney, and another guy in protective gear stood watch on the sidewalk, seemingly to block if off from the public, but take a look for yourself:
A completely unprotected man with a cell phone is just standing there while they are wheeling this lady in and they don’t do anything about it. They seemingly don’t even bother to tell him, “Hey buddy, you might want to get off this sidewalk, we’re dressed like this for a reason and that reason is we’re bringing in a patient infected with the highly infectious, deadly Ebola virus. So ya know… You might want to go talk on your cell phone somewhere else for a minute…just to be safe.” Instead he’s right there and they do nothing.
By August, the governments of these African nations began declaring medical martial law and the people there started just abandoning their dead in the streets for fear they too would be dragged off to a treatment center as a precaution where they might end up contracting Ebola if they didn’t already have it. In fact, many Africans believe the Ebola outbreak is a government conspiracy. Which government? The United States, specifically the Department of Defense. In fact, on September 9th, Dr. Cyril Broderick published an article on the front page of Liberia’s Daily Observer titled, “Ebola, AIDS Manufactured by Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD?” subhead, “Scientists Allege“.
Martial law declarations continued full force. Civil liberties were suspended. Soldiers in some places were instructed to shoot people on sight if they tried to leave the Ebola hot zone. Homes were searched door-to-door, and people were rounded up and forced into treatment centers.
Fast forward to September, when rates of infection had increased to the point that an average of five people are now infected with Ebola every hour there. Now officials are estimating that some 1.4 million people could be infected by the end of January
This is the level we’re at. And now, the U.S. government has done pretty much everything it can to not stop Ebola from coming here (considering we’ve actually shipped it in multiple times). In fact, it’s as if they did everything they could to ensure it would get here at some point. Now, for the first time in the history of the disease, an Ebola patient has been diagnosed here on American soil in Dallas, Texas, the first nation in the world outside of the continent of Africa to do so.
As our government continues to tell us to stay calm, and they have it all “under control” just like in every Hollywood blockbuster where they don’t have anything under control at all (Stephen King’s The Stand or Outbreak, anyone?) complete with continued reassurances that the safety protocols are sound, those protocols have already failed with Ebola Patient Zero Thomas Eric Duncan. The man went to the hospital suffering Ebola symptoms and reported to the nurse he had just come back from Liberia six days prior, so what did they do? They just sent him home with some antibiotics, where he had contact for several days with a bunch of people including five school children from four different Dallas area schools who continued to attend public school for at least two days afterward. Public school: the place where germs and mucous membranes go on romantic dates.
Regrettably, they say it was all just a case of bad communication.
Now health officials have gone door-to-door in Dallas searching for anyone who had contact with Ebola Patient Zero and forced these family members into quarantine under a control order, after Duncan was rushed back to the hospital in an ambulance, but not before vomiting on the sidewalk outside his house. No official sanitation was done, but the family is forced to stay there anyway, forced to give blood draws and be on mandatory standby for any other medical tests and examinations public health officials deem necessary on demand or they will face criminal charges.
The hour-to-hour account of what happened leading up to Duncan’s official Ebola diagnosis does not bode well that the virus has been contained at all. Some 100 people have likely come in contact with him at this point at least. He left Liberia on September 19th and he went through Brussels and Dulles Airport in D.C. before finally arriving in Dallas on the 20th. Who actually remembers every person they came in physical or close contact with in a week (the same week they are coming down with Ebola and in serious condition)? Who can remember every time they coughed or sneezed and where that cough or sneeze took place and around whom? They claim the man wasn’t exhibiting any symptoms until two days before his first trip to the hospital on September 26th, but no one can say for sure what moment this man became truly infectious.
Two of Duncan’s three flights — that’s right, three — were on United Airlines, but the company says there is “zero risk of transmission” on their flights, regardless of the fact that A) that is simply an impossible thing to state with absolute certainty, and thus, inherently untrue, and B) the only thing there is zero of in regards to commercial airplanes and Ebola transmission is the number of airline cabin cleaning standards which is zero.
There are only 19 level 4 bio-containment beds in this country, but that’s okay, because the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency now proudly admitting their very own Ebola patient, put out a press release claiming that Ebola patients can be safely treated at any hospital with little risk as long as the CDC’s protocol is followed (the same protocol that already wasn’t followed in Dallas).
And about that vomit outside Duncan’s apartment? Here’s the cleaning crew — wearing nothing more than jeans and a couple t-shirts — pressure washing it off the sidewalk and right down the storm drain:
— John Galt (@JohnGGalt) October 2, 2014
Do baseball caps count as protective headgear? And look at that lady in the lower left hand corner. She appears to be about to walk right through the runoff in what, sandals?
Real “level 4” stuff, right? Oh, and as of today, the same health officials who had quarantined Duncan’s family in his apartment still had yet to sterilize it after he had been there for at least a week. Via The New York Times:
In the latest indication, state and local authorities confirmed Thursday that a week after a Liberian man fell ill with Ebola in Dallas, and four days after he was placed in isolation at a hospital here, the apartment where he was staying with four other people had not been sanitized and the sheets and dirty towels he used while sick remained in the home. County officials visited the apartment without protection Wednesday night. [emphasis added]
“Without protection?” Without protection? In God’s name, why? Why even take that chance??
What in the hell going on here? So which is it? A $5 million Aeromedical Biological Containment System jet and hazmats? Or will t-shirts, ball caps, and a complete failure to do even a basic disinfection job on the places that have been knowingly contaminated with the virus suffice?
Did we forget to mention that now a Dallas paramedic has come out to say he drove the ambulance the Ebola patient was transported in without anyone bothering to tell him it was used to transport an Ebola patient (who at the time had not been officially diagnosed yet)? As Mac Slavo of SHTFplan wrote, “It is not known how many paramedics drove the ambulance during the 48 hour period or how many patients were transported.”
By definition, “Under control” is the last phrase anyone should call this situation.
In fact, this is every stupid horror movie on pandemic virus outbreaks ever, compounded by an all new level of fail. When we watch these films, many of us get frustrated at the sheer idiocy displayed by the actors onscreen as things continue to get worse by the minute because of the casts’ own actions written into the script to be stupid and we as viewers declare that, “People would never be this dumb in real life,” and that’s why it’s a movie, right?
Wrong. This is happening right here, right now and while we’re all screaming at the people in charge to run out the front door as the serial killer looms behind them (slow as it has been coming on all these months), they’re apparently waving their arms and yelling “Come and get me psychopath! I’m right here!” as they run in slow motion (more like casually jog) up the stairs instead.
Don’t worry though; now the Council on Foreign Relations is saying that Obamacare may hold the key to saving us Americans from Ebola. Yippee!
Oh, and the U.S. Department of State has issued an alert about traveling to the Ebola-ravaged African countries. NOT A WARNING mind you, an alert. Just to allow the agency to clarify that difference for you, “We issue a Travel Warning when we want you to consider very carefully whether you should go to a country at all.” (Something most of us wouldn’t want to do if people are dropping dead in the streets from Ebola and martial law has been declared, just by the way). For a mere alert, however, they say, “We issue a Travel Alert for short-term events we think you should know about when planning travel to a country. ” That’s right. Ebola might outlast the war in Ukraine or even Syria, but you don’t need to consider very carefully if you want to even go to these Ebola-stricken, martial law controlled countries in Africa at all right now…you just might want to “know about” the fact that OH BY THE WAY, YOU COULD DIE FROM EBOLA IF YOU GO THERE RIGHT NOW.
Also, the government has no plans to cancel any flights from Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia according to the White House press secretary (even though that’s how the first guy got here undetected) because, well, that just makes too much sense. So, yeah. Be “alerted” and get your tickets today. They’re probably even on sale.
In the meantime, the CDC keeps fidgeting on exactly how Ebola is transmitted…mostly because they can’t say anything definitive with 100% surety and they know it.
First, the CDC removed the phrase “contaminated air” from their Ebola information webpage on August 4th. Then on September 22nd, the CDC updated the agency’s question and answer page on Ebola transmission to include a section on what happens if an Ebola patient coughs or sneezes on you (not whether or not the person vomits, by the way. Coughing and sneezing aren’t symptoms of Ebola, but vomiting is. All of these produce bodily fluids which can transmit the disease). Prior, the agency held steadfast to the idea that one absolutely has to have direct physical contact in order to catch Ebola. They have now admitted this is not true.
Now an NBC Cameraman has caught the disease, and he was behind the camera wearing a bunch of protective gear, just as many of the doctors and medical staff treating the infected who later became infected themselves also wore protective gear and took precautions. If it’s not airborne, how exactly are all these people still getting infected?
Well…our health agencies aren’t entirely sure. First they said it’s possibly bats, and they claim person-to-person it has to be direct bodily contact…but it’s definitely not airborne, right? Nope. No way. They’ll never say it even if it is. And viruses never mutate (even as the United Nations has now declared that the longer this Ebola outbreak lasts, the more chance the highly infectious, deadly virus has to mutate and become airborne, something that would be globally devastating). Hey, if a mosquito bites someone with Ebola, draws blood, then flies off to bite someone else? Well, that question has yet to be answered too…
Still, when the CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden appeared on CNN recently with Dr. Sanjay Gupta to discuss how the disease is transmitted, Frieden failed to address the CDC’s new coughing and sneezing addendum, and then actually managed to contradict himself in less than two minutes live on air:
You can tell by the big fat (creepy) smiles this was supposed to be a cutesy, reassuring exchange for the masses, but it went bad pretty quick. Here’s a partial transcript (the particular clip begins at 5:44ish in the video above, emphasis added below):
Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director [standing right next to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta]: Well actually, Sanjay and I, if one of us had Ebola, the other would not be a contact right now. Because we’re not in contact. Just talking to someone is not a way to get infected. It’s not like the flu, not like the common cold. It requires direct physical contact.
CNN host Michaela Pereira: But if he sneezes on you, it’s a different story.
Sanjay Gupta: I think there’s a utility here because we’re having this conversation but I am within 3 feet of you. Wouldn’t I be considered a higher risk? My understanding reading your guidelines, sir, is that within 3 feet or direct contact — if I were to shake your hand, for example — would both qualify as being contact.
Frieden: We look at each situation individually and we assess it based on how sick the individual is and what the nature of the contact is. And certainly if you’re within 3 feet, that’s a situation we’d want to be concerned about. But in this case, where we haven’t hugged — we haven’t shaken hands — we have not had any contact that would allow either of our body fluids to be in contact with the other person.
Gupta: So, to Michaela’s point, the reason we talk about coughing and sneezing not being a concern — if you were to have coughed on me — you’re saying that would not be of concern?
Frieden: We would look at that situation very closely…
Sure they would…sure they would.