Monday, October 20, 2014

Who ya gonna call?

President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his "Ebola czar," knowledgeable sources tell CNN.

Another political hack to the rescue.

We have arrived at a moment with our elite institutions where it is impossible to distinguish incompetence from willful misdirection. This can only compound an already dangerous situation.

Jonathan Last

Ghostbusters Back On The Big Screen This October

The irrational fear of an alien pathogen is fueled by rational suspicion of an incompetent and dishonest government.

Michael Goodwin

If it breaks out, it’s literally ‘Katie bar the door’

Marine Corps General John F. Kelly

A travel ban is not the right answer. It’s simply not feasible to build a wall—virtual or real—around a community, city, or country. A travel ban would essentially quarantine the more than 22 million people that make up the combined populations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.When a wildfire breaks out we don’t fence it off. We go in to extinguish it before one of the random sparks sets off another outbreak somewhere else.

We don’t want to isolate parts of the world, or people who aren’t sick, because that’s going to drive patients with Ebola underground, making it infinitely more difficult to address the outbreak. . . .

Importantly, isolating countries won’t keep Ebola contained and away from American shores. Paradoxically, it will increase the risk that Ebola will spread in those countries and to other countries, and that we will have more patients who develop Ebola in the U.S.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC

If there had been a travel ban in place, Thomas Duncan would have likely reached the same sad fate—but without infecting two Americans and setting the virus loose in North America. And it’s difficult to follow the logic by which banning travel from infected countries would create more infections in the United States, as Frieden insists. This is not a paradox; it’s magical thinking.

Jonathan V. Last

As a side note, if anyone cares, wanna know what Obama’s up to?

According to the Golf Channel, he just swatted his 200th round of golf as President.

Good for him.

Oh, what the hell…

Daily Reckoning

Is the term Obola Racist?


If you have time the Vice story on Ebola is worth watching:

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