Monday, October 27, 2014

Ebola America: its not just stupidity anymore.

Hanlon's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

This can no longer be explained by stupidity.

The White House pushed back against the governors of New York, New Jersey, Illinois and other states that instituted procedures to forcibly quarantine medical workers returning from West Africa, deepening an emotional debate brought on by recent Ebola cases in the U.S.

A senior administration official said Sunday that new federal guidelines under development would protect Americans from imported cases of the disease but not interfere with the flow of U.S. health workers to and from West Africa to fight the epidemic there.

"We have let the governors of New York, New Jersey and other states know that we have concerns with the unintended consequences... [that quarantine] policies not grounded in science may have on efforts to combat Ebola at its source," the official said.

Now, for any of my readers out there who don't know, a quarantine of 21 days duration is the only sure way to prevent the Ebola virus from being transmitted by people returning to the USA from West Africa. Health care volunteers who go to Africa and work in the outbreak region should be VOLUNTARILY quarantining themselves, knowing as they do the risks involved in letting this bug get out.

What are they doing instead? Taking taxis, flying on domestic aircraft (with a fever!), going on the New York City subway system, going bowling, going shopping for a wedding dress, hugging the President of the United States... and THEN discovering they are Ebola-positive.

Ladies and gentlemen of America, you have two problems. First, you have a bunch of self appointed martyrs going to do Holy Work in Africa by Healing the Sick... but then they refuse to take even the most basic common sense measures to avoid killing their friends, relatives and neighbors back home. Which is flatly insane at best.

Second, you have a President who has decided that his political needs are more important than containing the possible spread of a disease which is contagious and 70% fatal. The White House is deliberately forcing state governments to -stop- doing the only known thing that can stop an Ebola outbreak for certain. Quarantine.

Those are some serious problems, next to which anything being talked about in the press or by the politicians is as nothing. Vote accordingly, while you still can.

The Phantom


Anonymous said...

As an aside, I do not have the faintest idea what motivates these smug do-gooders to go to disease-dripping Third World pestholes. America is full of people who need medical care and can't afford it--we know this is true because the President and MINITRU said so. So, what possible motivation could these trust-fund babies have for going to Africa to tell the locals that maybe they wouldn't get cholera so much if they'd stop shitting in the town cistern (and having about the same success that the British and French did a hundred and fifty years ago)?

I mean, other than proving how much better they are than 'Murrikan proles, and perhaps trying to make all nations equal by equal spreading of hideously lethal pathogens?

WiFi Lunchbox Guy said...

Do these people not realize that even if they never have contact with the icky proles, their nannies and janitors do?

The Phantom said...

According to Infowars today, the Feds are buying ONE MILLION Class A containment suits. For something like $1300 a piece.

That's a billion bucks. They're spending a billion, 300 million just on suits. Internal air supply available separately, y'know. No word on how many of those have been ordered.

But they won't quarantine one bolshie nurse. Which is completely fucking insane. Completely.

So I'm calling Enemy Action on this one. They just don't give a fuck if you die, America. So long as they win that election.