NIH Boss: We’d Have Ebola Vaccine If Not For Budget Cuts

From the Huffington Post:

Ebola Vaccine Would Likely Have Been Found By Now If Not For Budget Cuts: NIH Director

Posted: 10/12/2014

BETHESDA, Md. — As the federal government frantically works to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and as it responds to a second diagnosis of the disease at home, one of the country’s top health officials says a vaccine likely would have already been discovered were it not for budget cuts.

Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has "slowed down" research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases…

A decade of stagnant spending? Where has that happened? Even the evil sequester which the Democrats are now blaming Ebola on did not cut any government spending.



Politico: Closed Borders Means Higher Chocolate Prices

From a highly concerned (about the price of chocolate) Politico:

Ebola threatens chocolate

By BILL TOMSON | October 12, 2014

Ebola is threatening much of the world’s chocolate supply. Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cacao, the raw ingredient in M&M’s, Butterfingers and Snickers Bars, has shut down its borders with Liberia and Guinea, putting a major crimp on the workforce needed to pick the beans that end up in chocolate bars and other treats just as the harvest season begins.

The West African nation of about 20 million — also known as Côte D’Ivoire — has yet to experience a single case of Ebola, but the outbreak already could raise prices…

Sure, the Ivory Coast hasn’t had a single case of Ebola. But by closing their borders they might have to raise the price of chocolate because they aren’t getting cheap (presumably illegal) workers from the Ebola countries.



Liberia Nurses Threaten Strike Over Ebola Hazard Pay

From the Associated Press:

Liberia nurses threaten strike over Ebola pay

By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH | October 12, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian officials are pleading with nurses and physician assistants to show up to work Monday amid a dispute over hazard pay that has prompted calls for a strike in the middle of the Ebola epidemic.

A strike could deliver a serious blow to the fight against Ebola in Liberia, where the World Health Organization has recorded more than 2,300 confirmed, suspected and probable deaths from the deadly disease — more than any other country…


Members of the National Health Workers Association are demanding $700 in monthly hazard pay on top of monthly salaries that are generally around $200 or $300. Monthly hazard pay is currently less than $500.


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Medevac Services Refusing To Fly Out Ebola Patients

From Reuters:

Medical evacuation services balk at flying out Ebola patients

By Carolyn Cohn | October 11, 2014

LONDON (Reuters) – Leading companies offering medical evacuation services are balking at flying Ebola patients out of West Africa for treatment abroad as the cost and the complexities of the deadly epidemic grow.

Several airlines have cut flights to the region and there are reports of countries not allowing air ambulances to make refueling stops, further complicating the so-called medevac option many companies provide for staffers in risky regions…

Don’t they want to help redistribute Ebola around the world? Don’t they believe in social justice?

Two leading companies in the field – medical assistance company International SOS and insurance firm Allianz Worldwide Care – both recently said they would not provide medevac services for all patients with Ebola symptoms…

The medical insurance firm Allianz Worldwide Care ruled out such services in an online statement updated on Wednesday, saying: "Our air ambulance partners are currently not evacuating patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola infection out of affected regions due to the highly complex nature of evacuations when Ebola or other viral haemorrhagic fevers are involved.



NBC Chief Medical Correspondent Violated Quarantine

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

NBC chief medical correspondent accused of violating Ebola quarantine to visit her favorite soup restaurant – forcing the entire crew into mandatory isolation

By Mia De Graaf | 13 October 2014

The NBC News crew exposed to Ebola was forced into mandatory quarantine after chief medical correspondent [Dr.] Nancy Snyderman violated their voluntary isolation to visit her favorite soup restaurant, reports claim.

And yes, Ms.Snyderman is a medical doctor.

The 62-year-old was one of seven people ordered to cut off all human contact for 21 days on Friday as doctors treat the station’s cameraman Ashoka Mukpo for the deadly disease.

Now, it has emerged the crew would have been allowed more freedom if it weren’t for Snyderman’s alleged trip to Peasant Grill in Hopewell Boro [sic], New Jersey, on Thursday.


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Texas Governor’s Office Replaces Ebola Clean-Up Crew

First there is this, from Breitbart:

Texas Ebola Apartment Decontamination Underway

By Bob Price | October 12, 2014

DALLAS, Texas — Hazmat cleaning crews began work on decontaminating the apartment of Texas 2nd confirmed Ebola victim. The unnamed patient was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital late Friday night. This clean-up began on the same day the announcement was made to the public about the 2nd patient.

Breitbart Texas observed a worker with Clean Guys Environmental begin decontaminating the front door of the apartment building where they 2nd patient lived with one other person and a dog. The worker was under direct and close supervision of the cleaning company’s vice-president, Brad Smith…

The worker took about five minutes to clean the front door, the front porch, the steps and the walkway to the apartment.


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Dr. Anthony Fauci Says: ‘The System Worked’ On Ebola

From an irony-proof Politico:

NIH official: ‘System worked’ on Ebola

By BYRON TAU | 10/12/14

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.”

Paging Janet Napolitano.

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.”

Was she also self-quarantining, like NBC’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr.


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CDC Head Gets Criticized For Blaming ‘Protocol Breach’

From a surprisingly skeptical Reuters:

CDC head criticized for blaming ‘protocol breach’ as nurse gets Ebola

By Julie Steenhuysen | October 12, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Some healthcare experts are bristling at the assertion by a top U.S. health official that a “protocol breach” caused a Dallas nurse to be infected with Ebola while caring for a dying patient, saying the case instead shows how far the nation’s hospitals are from adequately training staff to deal with the deadly virus.

They must be fearmongers.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, made the declaration on Sunday at a news conference and called for an investigation into how the unidentified nurse became infected while caring for Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States…

As with everything that happens in the Obama administration, it was someone else’s fault.


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‘Self-Monitored’ Duncan Nurse Tests Positive For Ebola

From the Associated Press:

Dallas health worker tests positive for Ebola

By NOMAAN MERCHANT | October 13, 2014

DALLAS (AP) — A "breach of protocol" at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death led to the infection of a health care worker with the deadly virus, and other caregivers could potentially be exposed, federal health officials said Sunday.

This happened on Friday, apparently. So why did it only make the news Sunday morning? Also notice how the AP calls her a "health worker" and "health care worker." Why is so vague? Other reports, even from the AP, say she is a nurse. Are they trying to make it sound like she is a cleaning lady?

The hospital worker, a woman who was not identified by officials, wore protective gear while treating the Liberian patient, and she has been unable to point to how the breach might have occurred, said Dr.



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Methane Hotspot Over AZ 80% Bigger Than EPA Figured

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Satellite sees hot spot of methane in US Southwest

By SETH BORENSTEIN | October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprising hot spot of the potent global-warming gas methane hovers over part of the southwestern U.S., according to satellite data. That result hints that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies considerably underestimate leaks of methane, which is also called natural gas.

How could the EPA ever be wrong? They use computer models. Isn’t this settled science? — Anyway, isn’t this a good argument for fracking. Fracking will corrall all of that evil natural gas.

The higher level of methane is not a local safety or a health issue for residents —

You can bet it would be if it were tied to fracking.



5 Yo Had To Sign Anti-Suicide Pact After Drawing A Gun

From the NBC Mobile, AL affiliate, WPMI:

5-year-old forced to sign “suicide contract”

October 9, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama (WPMI) – An Alabama mother is furious that her 5-year-old daughter was forced to sign a school contract stating she wouldn’t kill herself or anyone else at school.

School officials told Rebecca, who did not want to give her last name, they had to send 5-year-old Elizabeth home after an incident in class.

“They told me she drew something that resembled a gun. According to them she pointed a crayon at another student and said ‘pew pew’,” Rebecca explained.

Rebecca says her daughter was then given a questionnaire to evaluate her for suicidal thoughts and given a Mobile County Public School safety contract to sign stating she wouldn’t kill herself or others.



Paltrow Wants To Give Obama ‘All The Power He Needs’

From the Politico:

Gwyneth Paltrow to President Obama: ‘You’re so handsome’

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE | October 9, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Gwyneth Paltrow wants President Barack Obama to know: she’s just like everyone else.

She makes $16 million per movie, sure, but that doesn’t mean that she’s not worried about Obama getting equal pay legislation through Congress. At a fundraiser for the DNC held at her house in Brentwood Thursday evening, she called the issue “very important to me as a working mother.”

Fine, let’s start with you, Ms. Paltrow. From now on you can only make $16,000 per movie.

In front of a crowd that included fellow actors Julia Roberts.. and Bradley Whitford… Paltrow told Obama she was “one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest.” …

The dumber they are, the harder they fall.



AP Says: ‘Obama Does Have An Economic Story To Tell’

From his shameless water-carriers at the Associated Press:

Obama wants an election about the economy, not him


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is all in with his economic pitch. The American public is not. Over the next 27 days, either the public or the president is going to get the message.

And the AP is going to make damn sure they do. Why wouldn’t Obama try to make the midterm elections about the economy? He knows he can manipulate the figures and his mainstream media minions will back him to the hilt, no matter the reality. (This article is a perfect example of that fact.)

But why not make the midterms about amnesty?



St. Louis Shooter Used A Stolen Gun, Was Free On Bail

From the Associated Press:

St. Louis shooting reignites anger among activists

By JIM SALTER | October 9, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — … Police say Vonderrit [sic] D. Myers was shot Wednesday after he opened fire on a white, off-duty officer, but Myers’ parents say he was unarmed. Some activists and lawmakers say Myers was targeted because he was black and are asking the Justice Department — which has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Brown, who was unarmed — to investigate his shooting.

"This here was racial profiling turned deadly," said state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat…

But Sen. Nasheed is not a race-baiter. She is not trying to incite a riot.

Police say Myers was both armed and aggressive, using a stolen 9 mm gun to shoot at the officer.


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