Our ancestors slept around a fire for a million years and had an institutional fear of dangerous snakes and spiders that didn’t run from fire. Recorded in the Middle Ages but probably existing from the cave was a dread of lepers. We have phobias all around us touching people who touched something that will later make them sick is one of them.


Three years ago I rinsed a wire drain to prevent hair from clogging my bathtub by putting my hand in the toilet and rinsing around, and never did it again after someone stopping over saw me do it. For months when my acquaintance came over he insisted on paper plates and plastic ware and me washing my hands several times an hour. Obama’s domestic ebolaphobia is much less than those on the Internet that demand a total travel ban with Africa but since the latest cases in the US with rapid response is being sick for less then two weeks, what’s the big deal over here?


Everyone back from western central Africa has at least a one in the million fear of giving a loved one Ebola, and their friends have some nagging dread of them. So everyone, let’s create nice hotel space in designated airports with anyone without a fever allowed to leave with an embedded thermometer that transmits readings and an escort or two with cameras to be able to alert only a few people who got too close to someone soon to get an Ebola fever.


Other suggestions since the UN is hiring survivors to work with sick infants without protection, let one of them in front of a camera hug a sick relative. Almost 50% of those who got Ebola survived a potentially powerful resource until a vaccine is created, but phobics gets in the way.


If instead we want to fight this instinctual phobia of those who touched Ebola victims but are not yet sick, let’s dine at a sparkling disinfected and totally rinsed clean public bathroom and drink our wine from the toilet bowls.


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I'm retired in Philadelphia. Non religious but there seems to be a life force that I see as more personal than is usually expressed.

I was raised a Quaker (common with Christian Jewish intermarriage back them) But my father was a total pacifist and during World War II, at the time that being so was difficult.

Upbringing included father trying not to get physical, yet still defend us kids from my harsh stepmother until she got her citizenship papers, after which they could get divorced. Been involved in peace issues since the anti-fallout shelter protests through Vietnam and Iraq.

I wrote "Greedy Little Squirrels and Lifeboat ethics,” 1977, when the Moonies were coming to America and got heavily harassed by them. I also think bin Laden is extremely dangerous like the leader of a barroom brawl, who has been manipulating this country into using the US to get Muslims angry enough to join his suicidal permanent war group. Before 9/11 young Muslims rebelled by wearing by covering their hair a little less than expected and at least winking at each other, now he changed rebellion into being militancy. The Northern Alliance would have been legitimately in charge long ago had he not baited the US into entering Afghanistan.

Obama is making a mistake in my mind with how to stop bin Laden’s dream of permanent war in a divided world but less of a mistake than most anyone else would. If due to currency collapses from out ever more expensive weapons the US stops fighting al Qaeda, then other counties will. If it ends up being Iran, the Sunni Shiite divide will be enormous. Al Qaeda is already convinced that the atheist China is a serious enemy,
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=al9wM3k5zjLQ and the Russians have fought for brutally and inadvertently convinced far more Muslims than the US did that they considered Islam itself to be the enemy.

I never stopped supporting Jimmy Carter when everyone turned on him and I support Obama as well, but think he will have to use a lot more persuasion and less force if they aren’t going to succeed at bankrupting us. However Obama has tried less force and al Qaeda has started to respond in kind trying to limit the victim’s in the way of their primary attacks.

Back up reference to above link, http://www.consortiumnews.com/2009/082209a.html

Richard Kane (Philadelphia)
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