Rollin' Like Sisyphus

Wherein Huckleberry Gets To Say He Told You So

Posted in Our Simple Affirmative Action President by Huckleberry on October 2, 2014

Totally under control.

Totally under control.

Also, wherein I get to dust off an old classic.
Wait for it.
We’re All Gonna Die.
That felt good, just like old times swaddled in peppermint.
So the first “confirmed” case of ebola has been announced in Dallas, Texas, coming fresh off the plane from Africa. While many things about the incident concern me, I’ll list the top three in no particular order.

  • 1) Patient Zero was examined at the hospital, allowed to come into close contact with dozens of other people, was administered all the right questions that should have led to quarantine and treatment, yet was released with a prescription for antibiotics back out into the bright Dallas sunshine. Patient Zero had to check himself back into the hospital days later, after how many untold and impossible-to-track interactions with other people, where he was then quarantined after coming into contact with still more people.
  • 2) The CDC has changed their story, not for the better: “Because we still do not know exactly how people are infected with Ebola, few primary prevention measures have been established and no vaccine exists. While it’s possible that ebola was always a contact-airbone pathogen rather than a bodily fluid one, and previous iterations of the disease simply burned out too quickly to make that obvious and dangerous. However, now it burns slowly enough where an infected person can really cause some trouble before anyone else knows what’s happening.
  • 3) The government, as currently constructed, is not only entirely useless in a crisis, it’s an exacerbating force that will cause many more casualties both direct and indirect due to its actions and inactions. To wit: ”The White House said Wednesday it will not impose travel restrictions or introduce new airport screenings to prevent additional cases of Ebola from entering the United States. The only reason for this is because Our Simple Affirmative Action President believes so thoroughly in his heart of hearts that such a restriction from an African nation would be so irredeemably racist that he’d rather risk the deaths of a lot of people in the United States instead. European nations have restricted travel from west Africa since early this summer. I’m willing to bet all the money in my pockets ($24.67!) that if the same outbreak were burning through Great Britain, Our Simple Affirmative Action President would have long ago put that shit on lockdown, restricting all travel from the region, full quarantine provisions from any travelers happening to pass through Heathrow, along with a full revocation of visas and passports to and from most of Europe. But since it’s Africans we’re talking about here, Game On.

Now, reconcile the quote above with this one from Government Mouthpiece #1:

Spokesman Josh Earnest said that current anti-Ebola measures, which include screenings in West African airports and observation of passengers in the United States, will be sufficient to prevent the “wide spread” of the virus. The chances of a U.S. epidemic are “incredibly low,” he said. “The reason for that is that it is not possible to transmit Ebola through the air. … The only way that an individual can contract Ebola is by coming into contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is exhibiting symptoms.

Well, I can’t speak for you, but I certainly feel better.

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  1. El Borak said, on October 2, 2014 at 11:40

    Just wait until the mosquitoes get a hold of that shit – there’s a reason everyone everyone in west and central Africa gets malaria multiple times in their lives. ‘Airborne’ works in more ways than just one, and there’s more ways to spread ‘bodily fluids’ than just sneezes.

    Have I told you recently how much I love winter?

  2. Huckleberry said, on October 2, 2014 at 14:09

    Just wait until the mosquitoes get a hold of that shit

    Yeah that ought to up it by a factor of 100.
    Perhaps the one saving grace at the moment is that mosquito breeding season is mercifully on the other side of the calendar right now.
    That being said, the overwhelming majority of those contracting the disease right now in Africa are medical professionals fully availing themselves of protective measures that would work perfectly if the disease in question only transmitted itself via bodily fluids. The fact that rubber gloves and long sleeves and even surgeon’s masks aren’t protecting health workers is all I need to know to call bull puckey on the Official Line regarding pathology, and assume the worst — a 100-yard cloud of infection for each of the afflicted.
    You can fit a whole lot of people in the space of a football field surrounding you.

    Have I told you recently how much I love winter?

    In practice, I agree.
    As metaphor, less so.

    • El Borak said, on October 2, 2014 at 16:35

      As metaphor, less so.

      As a wise man once said, that’s worth the price of admission right there.

  3. Giraffe said, on October 3, 2014 at 11:22

    I’m trying to figure out what our harsh south dakota winter will do to this bug. Does it kill it because it can’t survive outside, or does it just force everyone inside to infect each other? I’m guessing a little of both, but the second part has a bigger effect. Flu season is in winter for that reason.

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