03 Aug 2014

No, We Aren’t All Going to Die Because Ebola Patients Are Coming to US for Treatment

With the death toll now over 700 in an Ebola outbreak that has been building since February, Americans are suddenly up in arms about the virus, but only because it was announced yesterday that up to two Americans infected with the virus may be transported to Atlanta for treatment. Yes, the virus is especially deadly, with a death rate of 70-90% of infected patients, but the virus does not spread particularly efficiently and is not airborne. Writing at CNN.com, biologist Laurie Garrettpoints out a disaster scenario for the virus. Rather than an outbreak in the US, which seems extremely unlikely, Garrett outlines how the virus could spread in the much more densely populated Nigeria rather than the more remote areas of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia where it is now concentrated.

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03 Aug 2014

No, We Aren’t All Going to Die Because Ebola Patients Are Coming to US for Treatment

Here is my post from Friday at Emptywheel: With the death toll now over 700 in an Ebola outbreak that has been building since February, Americans are suddenly up in arms about the virus, but only because it was announced yesterday that up to two Americans infected with the virus

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06 Apr 2013

Shanghai Culls Poultry as H7N9 Spreads, But Relevant US Research Remains Suspended Due to Security Theater

As the H7N9 virus spreads in China, research in the US that addresses the most important issues for fighting the virus remains suspended due to security theater.

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05 Apr 2013

H7N9: A New Influenza Virus Emerges

A new bird flu virus, H7N9 appears to be emerging in China. It is not yet clear how a big a risk the virus will pose.

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13 Oct 2011

Late Night FDL: Pouting Baby Says “Will Bloomin’ Rich Mike Make a Stupid Move?”

Of course , since he’s a billionaire, too, it wouldn’t be very surprising for Bloomin’ Rich Mike to do what he can to shut down the protest and protect his fellow Wall Street billionaires. He’d just be protecting his fellow billionaires. But is it too late for the protests to be shut down? Would it really be stupid to try to shut them down? I kind of think that lots more people will suddenly be interested and will show up in New York City and other places if Bloomin’ Rich Mike sends the police and there are problems. What do you think?

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06 Oct 2011

Late Night FDL: Pouting Baby Says “Creepy Clarence and Mrs. Ginni T Are In Big Trouble Now”

I know I’ve talked about Creepy Clarence and Mrs. Ginni T a lot. I asked why Mrs. Ginni T made mean phone calls to Professor Hill. Then I asked why Creepy Clarence is allowed to lie. After that, I asked why Bow Tie Boy hired Mrs. Ginni T. Tonight I want to get back to Creepy Clarence’s lies, because now Common Bob and his friends have found out that Creepy Clarence’s lies are even bigger than we first thought.

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29 Sep 2011

Late Night FDL: Pouting Baby Says “Watch Out For Killer Cantaloupes!”

My Mommy tries to get me to eat cantaloupe but I hate it. It’s the same color as yummy sweet potatoes, but it tastes nasty. Now it looks like I have a reason not to eat cantaloupe.

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22 Sep 2011

Late Night FDL: Pouting Baby Says “The Sky is Falling Tomorrow!”

With all the other bad stuff that has been happening, the stock market crash, Georgia murdering Troy Davis and Mr. 0 keeping the wars going, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the sky really is falling this time. You probably won’t get hit by any of the pieces, but just to be on the safe side, don’t look up if you are outside tomorrow.

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11 Aug 2011

Late Night FDL: Pouting Baby Asks “Why Did the Prime Mister Forget about Egypt?”

Why did the Prime Mister forget about Egypt and the things he said to Hoser Mubarak? It sounds like someone needs to tell him the same things he told Hoser. Instead of fighting and stopping Twitter and instant messages, maybe he needs to do something to make a “future with greater rights”, because right now he only seems to be protecting the rights of the rich, not the rights of everyone.

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04 Aug 2011

Late Night: Pouting Baby Asks “Aren’t You Glad Your Social Security Isn’t in a Private Account?”

Remember when Little Georgie B wanted to get rid of Social Security and replace it with private stock investments? That would have been a really bad idea today.

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