Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Three Hump Camel

I can't pick a single topic today so here's three!


Ebola is here and here's a few quick facts. Ebola doesn't tend to travel through the air like the flu and other respiratory illnesses. People with Ebola generally aren't infectious until they're sick. And Ebola probably won't get very far here.
The worst-case scenario is that the first person to bring Ebola over to America would be sick and contact with lots of people before anyone realizes that it might be Ebola and brings her to a hospital. But here, modern hospitals would likely use proper procedures to prevent transmission, and epidemiologists would track down people who are at risk of infection and make sure they don't spread it to others. 
Overall, it's unlikely that Ebola would get any farther than a localized problem in one area. Even in the worst-case scenario, Osterholm says, "I don't think we’ll have a serious public health threat in any of the developed countries."
Better, we may already have an effective treatment for Ebola in our pharmaceutical quiver.
A doctor in rural Liberia inundated with Ebola patients says he's had good results with a treatment he tried out of sheer desperation: an HIV drug. Dr. Gorbee Logan has given the drug, lamivudine (Epivir), to 15 Ebola patients, and all but two survived. That's about a 13% mortality rate. Across West Africa, the virus has killed 70% of its victims.

Marijuana Prohibition

The first time I realized that there were ulterior motives behind marijuana prohibition was after reading a particularly well-written undergraduate thesis on the subject by a certain blogger with whom you may all be acquainted. That paper told of a prohibition bureaucracy, stripped of its primary target (alcohol), hungry for something to do with itself. But there was more to it than that. Essentially, marijuana prohibition is a protection racket for those who'd rather not compete.

*video is #nsfw due to language

Register To Vote

This country was founded as a democratic republic so that we would not have to live as a majority ruled by a minority. Yet when only a fraction of registered voters turn up at the polls that is exactly what we become.

Monday, October 6th is the last day you can register to vote for the November election here in Florida. This election has massive implications for our state. In one way or another education, gay marriage, medical marijuana, insurance rates, utility rates, and protecting our environment are all being voted on this year.
Will your voice be heard?


Anonymous said...

From what I have read and numerous doctors I have spoken with (in the military and non-military) no one is really sure whether or not Ebola can spread thorugh the air. They just do know that it does spread through direct fluid contact.

That is why they still take the precautions of isolation/containment and treating medical personnel all don haz mat-like suits, etc.

My personal opinion is the CDC director saying "it doesn't spread through the air" is only to minimize mass panic. Unfortunately, until we know we need to take all precautions, so check ebay for your hazmat suits before they run out!

Anonymous said...

The only people I see panicking about this are the mentally unstable "preppers," "survivalists," and religious nutjobs who believe in an end of days. Unfortunately, they're typically all armed.

Godwhacker said...

I'm not going for the hazmat suit but I will wash my hands and avoid African bushmeat, sorry McDonald's.