I have a buddy who worked with the Secret Service for years, spent some time with JTTF and then retired when I did. Over the years he kept saying the feds were just not all that. It is the weight of the federal government that makes it powerful, not the individual people inside the government. In fact, compared to the local PDs, many of the federal agents are lacking in the necessary skill sets to put cases together.
It isn’t their fault. I’m not saying there aren’t good guys and gals working there, but the SYSTEM isn’t built for speed or efficiency. In fact, you could argue many parts are built to simply provide the employee a good pay check, benefits and a great retirement package. All they have to do is not screw up really REALLY bad!
In my opinion, the CDC ranks as one of those agencies. (TSA being another) What does the CDC really do, outside the roles it plays in SciFi B movies? Are they really a group of hands on, ball busting, super geniuses that will save the day? After the debacle in Dallas, I’m going with the “uh, not really.” Actually, it seems they are more into giving press conferences when they should be in the field actually doing something. Worse, it appears, the advice they do give sucks.
A just-concluded press conference in Dallas, featuring grim-faced officials, revealed that the anonymous worker at the hospital who came down with Ebola followed all CDC procedures, including the use of an isolation suit. Nonetheless, we were told not to worry.
Yeah, right. Are they trying to convince people that we are being lied to? When they as good as admit they don’t know how to prevent infections, then telling us to be confident in their medical response accomplishes just the opposite: it spreads panic.
Meanwhile, we are lectured to trust them and to keep allowing people form the plague region into the United States because their oh-so-effective measures will catch people who have a 21 day incubation period.
This is just amazing. Why would anyone believe people who in effect say, “We don’t know how to prevent transmission of the disease, but trust us, and don’t worry.”
The problem is the CDC is great at studying problems (maybe) but not so great actually solving them. Which means they qualify as that employee who gets a good salary and benefits LOOKING important, but prays they never have to actually do something important.
To make it even worse we get this from them.
I think it’s pretty obvious by now that everyone in the executive branch who is going to go before the media and talk about Ebola has been instructed to deliver nothing but happy-talk pronouncements and soothing bromides about how the government has everything under control.
The confidence may or may not be justified. But the infection of a second American in Texas wasn’t supposed to happen. The unidentified health care worker who was infected with the Ebola virus took every precaution a modern 21st century health care system could take. And yet the virus found a way.
So it is ridiculous for a representative of the National Institutes of Health to go on camera and say something silly like this:
Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said on Sunday the system put into place to slow the spread of Ebola transmission in the United States was working.
“The system worked,” Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week.”
On Sunday, officials in Texas announced that a second person in Dallas had tested positive for the deadly virus — a health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week.
“She was on voluntary self-monitoring,” he said about the latest victim. “She found she got infected, and she immediately did what she was supposed to have done.”
“So even in this troublesome situation, the system is working,” Fauci said.
Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Fauci argued against shutting down international travel from Africa, saying it could actually do more harm than good. —
First of all, if the system “worked,” we wouldn’t have another case of Ebola. The protocols set up to prevent transmission of the disease failed. “Failed” is not the same as working. In fact, outside of Washington, “failed” means “not working,” so who is this jamoke trying to kid?
Yeah, what he said.
If you think the CDC is really there to help, look no further then the coverup concerning the illegal immigrant kids pushed into neighborhoods and schools this summer. You would think someone at the CDC would make the same connections between the unfiltered entry into the closed environments of schools by UAC’s and the almost simultaneous outbreak of Enterovirus ev D68 across the nation. Right now we have six kids dead, more paralyzed and the CDC is looking like a deer caught in the headlights, stuck between what they know to do true and their political bosses, who want to remain in power by recruiting the Hispanic vote.
The little girl’s death spurred an outpouring of condolences online, from “rest in peace sweet baby girl” to “enjoy your wings.”
One of them read: “Your daughter touched more lives than you’ll probably ever know. May your Angel rest now.”
Enterovirus is very common, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating 10 million to 15 million infections each year in the United States.
But like the flu or other viruses, not all the roughly 100 enterovirus strains are the same. D68 is particularly pernicious.
Authorities say this strain has sent more children than usual to the hospital with severe respiratory illness. It seems to be most affecting children with a history of asthma or breathing problems. Yet there are exceptions, such as a 4-year-old from Hamilton Township, New Jersey, who went to bed “asymptomatic and fine” only to be found dead the next morning, said Jeff Plunkett, Hamilton Township health officer.
You have to be careful with what the CDC is saying now. The strain may be common, but THIS particular strain is not. The outbreak pattern is not common. What is common is the strain being in Central and South America, not here. So how did a particular strain of this virus get from there to here.
Let me give you a hint.
If I was in Congress, I would take a map and overlay the outbreaks and the relocation addresses of the UAC. I would then put the photographs of the dead and dying on that board, AMERICAN kids, not having anything to do with the naked and callous power grabs by our “leaders” and then I would walk over to every politician, Democrat or Republican and stick my finger in their faces and say, “THOSE DEATHS ARE ON YOU!!!”
At this point, people are starting to pay attention. Dead and paralyzed babies will do that. Obama doesn’t care outside the power grab issue. His kids will not be effected, there aren’t any UACs in Sidwell. Jonathan Last of the Weekly Standard pens a column that makes you realize he’s not a happy man. He borrows from a novel by Stephen King that I think is one of the best “end of the world” stories ever written.
Wait till more elites get itchy.
I don’t want to get too tin-foil hat on you. And in my defense, I haven’t ordered my emergency rations bucket from Sam’s Club yet. (True story: Sam’s is better for this sort of thing than Costco. Who knew?) But . . .
This Ebola outbreak scares the bejeezus out of me. A few thoughts, none of which are original:
* With the number of infections already in the thousands, I don’t know that we’re in a place where the virus can be easily contained. Contagions progress in a geometric pattern, which means that the curve for the resources needed to contain them follows a similar curve.
* There is no written-in-stone understanding of Ebola transmission, because viruses mutate in the wild and the more people who are infected, the greater the opportunity for mutation. Think about that for a minute–we really don’t know the exact limits of transmission right now. And what we do know is terrifying. Have you wondered why Ebola protocols call for washing down infected areas with chlorine? Because the virus can survive for up to two weeks on a dry surface.
* We’re rapidly approaching the point where the best case scenario is a horrifying devastation that’s limited to the African continent. The worse case scenarios get nigh unthinkable awfully fast.
* Do you really want to be scared? Whether or not you realize it, Ebola is a weapon of mass destruction. What’s to stop some jihadi from going to Liberia, getting himself infected, and then flying to New York and riding the subway until he keels over? I understand that ISIS doesn’t tend to use suicide bombers as much as other jihadi groups, but this is just the biological warfare version of a suicide bomb. And can you imagine the panic if someone with Ebola vomited in a NYC subway car? Is this scenario highly unlikely? Without question. But we take drastic precautions against unlikely scenarios all the time. Just look at the massive infrastructure we’ve built for airport security based on two highly-unlikely actions.
All of which leads me to a thought about politics, that’s really not about politics:
You might wonder why the Obama administration has been so reflexively resistant to the idea of stopping flights to the U.S. from infected countries. It’s incredibly easy to get here: Just to pick a day at random, Kayak says you can fly from ROB in Monrovia to JFK for $1,459. That’s prohibitively expensive for your average Liberian, but not for everyone. Closing off flights seems like a no-brainer, yet the administration rejects it out of hand. Why? I suspect it’s because they sense how Ebola has the potential to reshuffle the political landscape. Starting with immigration.
If you agree to seal the borders to mitigate the risks from Ebola, then you’re implicitly rejecting the entire ideological framework of the “open borders” mindset and admitting that there are some cases in which the government has a duty to protect citizens from outsiders. I suspect that some folks see that as the thin end of the wedge. Because what happens then if Ebola breaks into Central America? Then you have to worry about masses of uninfected immigrants surging across the border–not to mention carriers of the virus, too. What do you do? If it was okay to cut off flights from Liberia, is it okay to try to seal the Southern border?
Exactly. And the elites, who are at a very low risk of getting killed by their greed (until that nasty French Revolution moment occurs), aren’t going to panic if a few of the locals- and their babies- bite the dust. They will panic if they get thrown out of office in November, so this is a delay game, hoping our first world level of medicine, which the same elites are trying to scuttle, will keep any pandemic from happening.
That is some cold calculating shit.
If you feel like you want to vote them out of office, feel free. Then they would have to move back to the neighborhoods they infected.
How cool would that be?