(News & Editorial/Ebola update for early September 2014)
A. 25 Critical Facts About This Ebola Outbreak That Every American Needs To Know
3 Aug 2014, TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com, By Michael Snyder
Pasted from; http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/25-critical-facts-about-this-ebola-outbreak-that-every-american-needs-to-know
What would a global pandemic look like for a disease that has no cure and that kills more than half of the people that it infects? Let’s hope that we don’t get to find out, but what we do know is that more than 100 health workers that were on the front lines of fighting this disease have ended up getting it themselves. The top health officials in the entire world are sounding the alarm and the phrase “out of control” is constantly being thrown around by professionals with decades of experience. So should average Americans be concerned about Ebola? If so, how bad could an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. potentially become?
The following are 25 critical facts about this Ebola outbreak that every American needs to know…
#1 As the chart below demonstrates, the spread of Ebola is starting to become exponential…
#2 This is already the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history by far.
#3 The head of the World Health Organization says that this outbreak “is moving faster than our efforts to control it”.
#4 The head of Doctors Without Borders says that this outbreak is “out of control”.
#5 So far, more than 100 health workers that were on the front lines fighting the virus have ended up contracting Ebola themselves. This is happening despite the fact that they go to extraordinary lengths to keep from getting the disease.
#6 There is no cure for Ebola.
#7 The death rate for this current Ebola outbreak is over 50 percent, and experts say that it can kill “up to 90% of those infected”.
#8 The incubation rate for Ebola ranges from two days to 21 days. Therefore, someone can be carrying it around for up to three weeks without even knowing it.
#9 For the first time ever, human Ebola patients are being brought to the United States. And as Paul Craig Roberts so aptly put it the other day, all it would take is “one cough, one sneeze, one drop of saliva, and the virus is loose”.
#10 This has already potentially happened in the United Kingdom. A woman reportedly collapsed and later died on Saturday after she got off of a flight from Sierra Leone at Gatwick Airport.
#11 A study conducted in 2012 proved that Ebola could be transmitted between pigs and monkeys that were in separate cages and that never made physical contact.
#12 This is a new strain of Ebola, so what we know about other strains of Ebola may not necessarily apply to this strain of Ebola.
#13 Barack Obama has just signed an executive order that gives the federal government the power to apprehend and detain Americans that show symptoms of “diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled.”
#14 And as I noted the other day, federal law already permits “the apprehension and examination of any individual reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease”.
#15 According to the CDC, there are 20 quarantine centers around the country that are prepared to potentially receive Ebola patients…
#16 The CDC has set up an Ebola “quarantine station” at LAX in order to help prevent the spread of the virus.
#17 The largest health emergency drill in New York City history was conducted on Friday. See article at: http://themostimportantnews.com/archives/the-largest-health-emergency-drill-in-new-york-city-history-is-happening-right-now
#18 The federal government will begin testing an “experimental Ebola vaccine” on humans in September.
#19 We are being told that the reason why we don’t have an Ebola vaccine already is due to the hesitation of the pharmaceutical industry to invest in a disease that has “only affected people in Africa”.
#20 Researchers from Tulane University have been active for several years in the very same areas where this Ebola outbreak began. One of the stated purposes of this research was to study “the future use of fever-viruses as bioweapons”. See article at: http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/what-are-us-biowar-researchers-doing-in-the-ebola-zone/
#21 According to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone, researchers from Tulane University have been asked “to stop Ebola testing during the current Ebola outbreak”. What in the world does that mean?
#22 The Navy Times says that the U.S. military has been interested in studying Ebola “as a potential biological weapon” since the 1970s…
Filoviruses like Ebola have been of interest to the Pentagon since the late 1970s, mainly because Ebola and its fellow viruses have high mortality rates — in the current outbreak, roughly 60 percent to 72 percent of those who have contracted the disease have died — and its stable nature in aerosol make it attractive as a potential biological weapon.
#23 The CDC actually owns a patent on one particular strain of the Ebola virus… See article at: http://www.naturalnews.com/046290_Ebola_patent_vaccines_profit_motive.html
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control owns a patent on a particular strain of Ebola known as “EboBun.” It’s patent No. CA2741523A1 and it was awarded in 2010. You can view it here.
It is being reported that this is not the same strain that is currently being transmitted in Africa, but it is interesting to note nonetheless. And why would the CDC want “ownership” of a strain of the Ebola virus in the first place?
#24 The CDC has just put up a brand new webpage entitled “Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals”.
#25 The World Health Organization has launched a 100 million dollar response plan to fight this Ebola outbreak. Others don’t seem so alarmed. For example, Barack Obama is getting ready to take a “16 day Martha’s Vineyard vacation”.
Many are attempting to play down the threat from this virus by stating that unless you “exchange bodily fluids” with someone that you don’t have anything to worry about.
If that was truly the case, then how in the world have more than 100 health workers contracted the virus so far?
Health professionals that deal with Ebola take extreme precautions to keep from being exposed to the disease.
But despite those extreme measures, they are catching it too.
So if this virus does start spreading all over the globe, what chance is the general population going to have?
B. Map Shows Every Country’s Likely Casualty Rate In The Event Of A Global Pandemic
4 Aug. 2014, Business Insider, Science, by Rob White
Pasted from: http://www.businessinsider.com/global-pandemic-map-2014-8?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+(Business+Insider)
If you want to know what the human and financial losses of a global pandemic for something like Ebola would look like, someone’s already figured it out.
In a post last year, risk modeling gurus AIR calculated that the 1918 Spanish Flu killed between 20 and 100 million people (out of a global population of 1.8 billion) and caused the equivalent of $20 billion in global losses.
AIR then plugged the 1918 pandemic data into 21st century population density and development parameters to come up with a model for what a new Spanish Flu or other serious global pandemic would look like today
It ain’t pretty.
First, there’s the map above, showing the casualty ratio by country. As might unfortunately be imagined, developing nations fare the worst, while Western nations see the fewest casualties.
But fewest is a relative term. Here’s their table breaking down casualties for a modified G-7 (replacing Italy with Australia):
It seems safe to conclude from this that whatever it costs to minimize the risk of a global pandemic will pale in comparison to trying to control it once it arrives.
C. 16 Apocalyptic Quotes From Global Health Officials About This Horrific Ebola Epidemic
4 Sept 2014, The Economic Collapse, by Michael Snyder
Pasted from: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/16-apocalyptic-quotes-from-global-health-officials-about-this-horrific-ebola-epidemic_092014
Ebola continues to spread an an exponential rate. According to the World Health Organization, 40 percent of all Ebola cases have happened in just the last three weeks. At this point, the official numbers tell us that approximately 3,500 people have gotten the virus in Africa and more than 1,900 people have died. That is quite alarming, but the real problem will arise if this disease continues to spread at an exponential pace. One team of researchers has used computer modeling to project that the number of Ebola cases will reach 10,000 by September 24th if current trends continue. And if the spread of Ebola does not slow down, we could be dealing with 100,000 cases by December. Even the WHO is admitting that the number of cases is likely to grow to 20,000 before too much longer, and global health officials are now starting to use apocalyptic language to describe this outbreak.
For people in the western world that have never seen anything like this other than in the movies, it can be difficult to grasp just how horrible this epidemic truly is. In the areas of west Africa where Ebola is spreading, fear and panic are everywhere, food shortages are becoming a serious problem and there have been reports of dead bodies rotting in the streets. People are avoiding hospitals and clinics because of paranoia about the fact that so many health workers have contracted the disease. According to the World Health Organization, more than 240 health workers have gotten the virus so far and more than 120 of them have perished.
We have never seen anything like this in any of our lifetimes, and the scary part is that this might only be just the beginning.
The following are 16 apocalyptic quotes from global health officials about this horrific Ebola epidemic…
#1 Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic, and it’s spiraling out of control. It’s bad now, and it’s going to get worse in the very near future. There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now.”
#2 Dr. Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders: “Riots are breaking out. Isolation centres are overwhelmed. Health workers on the frontline are becoming infected and are dying in shocking numbers.”
#3 David Nabarro, senior United Nations system coordinator for Ebola disease: “This outbreak is moving ahead of efforts to control it.”
#4 Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general for emergency operations: “This far outstrips any historic Ebola outbreak in numbers. The largest outbreak in the past was about 400 cases.”
#5 Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization: “…we hope to stop the transmission in six to nine months”.
#6 Dr. Daniel Bausch, associate professor in the department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University: “You have a very dangerous virus in three of the countries in the world that are least equipped to deal with it. The scale of this outbreak has just outstripped the resources. That’s why it’s become so big.”
#7 Gayle Smith, senior director at the National Security Council: “This is not an African disease. This is a virus that is a threat to all humanity.”
#8 Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “The level of outbreak is beyond anything we’ve seen—or even imagined.”
#9 Vincent Martin, head of an FAO unit in Dakar: “This is different than every other Ebola situation we’ve ever had. It’s spreading widely, throughout entire countries, through multiple countries, in cities and very fast.”
#10 Dr. Richard Besser, health and medical editor for ABC News: “Emergency rooms are closed, many hospital wards are as well leaving people who are sick with heart disease, trauma, pregnancy complications, pneumonia, malaria and all the everyday health emergencies with nowhere to go.”
#11 Bukar Tijani, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization regional representative for Africa: “Access to food has become a pressing concern for many people in the three affected countries and their neighbours.”
#12 Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security: “People are hungry in these communities. They don’t know how they are going to get food.”
#13 Dr. Daniel Bausch, associate professor in the department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University: “This is for sure the worst situation I’ve ever seen.”
#14 Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “I could not possibly overstate the need for an urgent response.”
#15 Official WHO statement: “Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak.”
#16 Dr. Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders: “It is impossible to keep up with the sheer number of infected people pouring into facilities. In Sierra Leone, infectious bodies are rotting in the streets.”
Despite all of these warnings, a lot of people in the western world are not too concerned about this epidemic because they have faith that our advanced technology will prevent a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States and Europe. But I wouldn’t be so certain about that.
So far, the most promising experimental Ebola drug seems to be ZMapp. In clinical trials, it has been doing very well on monkeys.
However, it hasn’t turned out to be a silver bullet for humans so far. Two out of the seven people that have received ZMapp have died, and as CBS News recently explained, current supplies are exhausted and it takes a really long time to make more of this stuff…
ZMapp’s maker, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., of San Diego, has said the small supply of the drug is now exhausted and that it will take several months to make more. The drug is grown in tobacco plants and was developed with U.S. government support.
Kobinger said it takes about a month to make 20 to 40 doses at a Kentucky plant where the drug is being produced. Officials have said they are looking at other facilities and other ways to ramp up production, and Kobinger said there were plans for a clinical trial to test ZMapp in people early next year.
The cold, hard truth is that Ebola is a brutally efficient killer for which we do not have a cure at the moment.
And what makes things even more complicated is that a different strain of Ebola is now spreading in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A treatment that works for one strain of Ebola may not work on another strain.
So let us hope and pray that Ebola does not reach the United States. If it does, it could potentially spread like wildfire.
D. Want to Know What Martial Law over Ebola Will Look Like? Check Out What’s Happening Right Now in Africa
7 Aug 2014, The Daily Sheeple.com, by Melissa Melton Pasted from: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/want-to-know-what-martial-law-over-ebola-will-look-like-check-out-whats-happening-right-now-in-africa_082014
This is how the war of the words is fought on the Internet. A simple battle of semantics.
Take the most notorious search engine’s news aggregate, Google News, for example. Go there and type in “martial law” right now, maybe in conjunction with “Africa” or “Ebola” and see what comes up.
Not a whole lot. Barely more than a digital whisper, really.
Now type in, oh, any combination of those words, but substitute “martial law” with “troops” or “soldiers”. Now see what you get.
It’s everywhere. Troops have now been deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The country is in a martial law lockdown. It’s just…no one in the mainstream media is calling it what it is.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has officially declared a 90-day state of emergency, and she told Associated Press that, “some civil liberties will be suspended”. The article went on to say, “In neighboring Sierra Leone, military forces also deployed as part of ‘Operation Octopus’ which officials said was aimed at preventing ‘the unauthorized movement of Ebola-infected persons.’”
This is martial law and in the case of Sierra Leone, martial law with a really creepy code name.
While the media seems hell-bent on scaring the crap out of everyone by mentioning the word Ebola every other five seconds, there is actual useful information eking out that we might want to glean here, in case anything like this should happen in our neighborhoods. You just have to wade through all the fear porn to get to it.
Let’s stick with this AP article for a second.
So, civil liberties will be suspended with military force. What else?
AP continues, “National Health Workers Association president Joseph Tamba said the state of emergency is necessary. But he says people should have been given advance notice to buy food ahead of the movement restrictions.”
So, civil liberties were suspended and they didn’t give the average person who isn’t prepper-minded adequate time to get prepared?
Very good to know. What else?
“Relatives are hiding feverish patients at home for fear if they are brought to isolation centers and don’t have Ebola they will end up contracting it anyway.”
Okay. Considering that there is the belief floating around Sierra Leone that this outbreak is a “government conspiracy,” that makes sense. The article also mentioned that, out of this same sense of fear, people are just dumping their dead in the streets and taking off, likely because they don’t want to be whisked away and quarantined themselves.
“Experts warned that extreme measures risk driving patients and their families further underground out of fear. The best way to track possible exposures is through community leaders who are known and respected, they say.” The government uses trusted community leaders as the best way to flesh out people who don’t want to willingly turn themselves in to quarantine centers. Got it.
Putting the totally irrational fear aside that a disease which has only ever afflicted 6,000 people in the history of humanity will suddenly show up on your doorstep, what’s going on right now in Africa is a very real on-the-ground glimpse into how governments implement martial law and how they respond to people in these kinds of situations.
(And that’s not even getting into the fact that the African people have been told they will not be receiving the experimental treatment given to the two Americans and it could be months before anything is developed. No one has said it would be offered to them if it is, either, and that’s regardless of whether or not anyone would even trust such a treatment…I’m here, and there are several reasons I don’t trust it at all, including the fact that the guy behind the treatment makes jokes about culling 25% of the world with a genetically engineered virus like that’s just hilarious.) See article at: http://truthstreammedia.com/scientist-working-on-govt-ebola-drug-joked-about-culling-population-with-gmo-virus/
Consider the statements I’ve pulled out here. My colleague Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper just got done writing a story the other day, Here’s Why I Won’t Be Lining Up for the Ebola Vaccine, in which she makes a very compelling argument backed by decades of historical information on vaccine production gone wrong and military-medical-media industrial complex corruption and scaremongering in this country as to why she will not be rolling up her sleeve for any Ebola vaccinations or “treatments”, not now or ever. See article at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/heres-why-i-wont-be-lining-up-for-the-ebola-vaccine_082014
People in West Africa are staying the hell away from the government “isolation” centers and hospitals. People there believe it’s a government conspiracy. How many Americans would (and do) feel the same way about what’s going on right now, knowing our very own Fort Detrick biowarfare scientists who just so happen to have been over in the Ebola hot zone in the main three Ebola-ravaged countries testing lab-grown monoclonal antibody cocktails on healthy human adults for several years now are staying pretty mum on the current situation?
In an outbreak scenario even as small as neighborhood-wide, would Daisy Luther be considered a “hold out” who refuses to go to a treatment center should vaccinations or isolation for this deadly disease become mandatory?
By executive order, our government currently has a laundry list of infectious diseases for which the CDC states it “has the legal authority to detain any person” who “may” be afflicted — including cholera, diphtheria, infectious tuberculosis, plague, smallpox, yellow fever, viral hemorrhagic fevers (like Ebola), SARS, and “new types of flu (influenza) that could cause a pandemic” — according to the CDC’s quarantine stations fact sheet dated August 2103.
Again, I want to stress the CDC says it can legally detain anyone if the person “may” have the disease, not if the person has officially, definitely been diagnosed with the disease in question. The fact sheet also says, “CDC also can have them admitted to a hospital or confined to a home for a certain amount of time to prevent the spread of disease.” It does not say this any of this will be voluntary or optional.
On top of that, the Pentagon is all over this experimental Ebola treatment being grown in tobacco cells that has just been approved for human testing.
As Jon Rappoport recently reported,
This “Blue Angel” project, as it’s called, suddenly puts the Pentagon in the forefront of the vaccine business. The big question is: why is the Army involved in vaccines at all? And the answer is no surprise. According to DARPA, it’s all about readiness in containing bio-threats. Translated, that means terrorist attacks that could use flu viruses.
This is a sinister development. It creates a potential scenario in which the military can invent the “bio-threat” and then step in and provide the solution. It doesn’t really matter whether the bio-threat is real or imaginary.
The threat would offer the chance to initiate a martial-law scenario, after which the military vaccine would be made mandatory, destroying the right of each state in the union to permit, as is now the case, people to opt out of vaccination on religious, medical, or ethical grounds.
The Pentagon is famous for developing weapons and then lobbying for battlefield opportunities to use them. This is part and parcel of their “war is forever” mentality. Well, in this case, the vaccine becomes the defensive weapon, and you can be sure the Pentagon will strive to deploy it in a situation that “demands it”—a chilling prospect…
The CDC and WHO relentlessly promoted Swine Flu as a monster menace that could invade and decimate the planet. Therefore, everyone needed to step up and take the vaccine. These civilian agencies are mere pikers compared to the Pentagon. Can you imagine what the Dept. of Defense would promote and launch to guarantee their vaccine finds a place in your bloodstream? The DOD regularly makes conflict of interest into an art form.
Martial law? No problem. [emphasis added]
A “defensive weapon” like a vaccine that it’s in national security interest that everyone who is even under suspicion of having Ebola takes?
Ebola cases have now shown up in five African countries, and now that America and Spain are flying in Ebola patients on purpose, a disease that was once only found in Africa has been able to travel to four continents.
Calm down and take a deep breath, but don’t ignore what’s going on here.
• Modern America is a country that has been bred to thrive off fear. People are already swarming the CDC with phone calls because they have a slight fever or a cough throwing rational thinking out the window because they might have Ebola.
• Homeland Security has also injected the nation with a “See Something, Say Something” mentality since 9/11.
• The mainstream media and their mind-controlling 24/7 news cycle is whipping the average person into a total state of panic as we speak with this.
• On top of that, the government made sure to fly two people with Ebola here, just in case the idea of Ebola coming home didn’t actually hit home hard enough.
If the $@!% hits the fan here, we’re going to have to invent a new phrase, because “lose it” isn’t even going to be adequate enough to describe how the majority of society will respond.
The CDC has just issued a Level 1 response — the agency’s highest alert response to the Ebola outbreak, something that hasn’t happened since the bird flu outbreak in 2009 or the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 (another instance where martial law was declared).
Losing one’s mind with irrational fear is different from looking critically and logically at a situation and gleaning what’s important from it.
Back when hundreds of people were dying from this, the governments said they were overwhelmed, but they didn’t quarantine people or stop flights or even shut off cross-country border travel. The World Health Organization took what it claimed were drastic measures by “calling a meeting”. While they were having that meeting Ebola continued to spread rapidly and now it is totally out of control there, and it is martial law in the streets.
Look to Africa now. Look at how the governments have responded to their people throughout this Ebola crisis and how the people are now responding to the situation they find themselves in. Stay vigilant, everyone. False flags are not a conspiracy theory.