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Thursday, October 30, 2014

WHY ARE PEOPLE FREAKING OUT ABOUT EBOLA?

I said it earlier this month that the uncontrolled pandemic is not Ebola itself but the reaction of the media.  The same thing happened five years ago when my HuffPo was entitled:


The first Ebola deaths only occurred in 1976 in Sudan and Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), and the name came from the Ebola River of the latter. There must be something about this dark spot on Planet Earth because in 1959 the first HIV/AIDS case was reportedly from this same location.  Joseph Conrad in 1889 wrote  Heart of Darkness, which occurred on the Congo River.  Maybe, just maybe, this is the Gateway to Hell.  If, that, is, there is a Hell.


This is now the third outbreak, and, by far, the most serious.  There is something visceral about the nature and finality of this scourge. After all, half who have contracted this virus, 5000+, have died since March of this year. Mothers, in particular, are concerned, as they were at the time of the swine flu.

However, the World Health Organization reports that up to 500,000 die from the flu annually.  I suspect this number is inflated to scare people into taking the flu shot, but even this number pales relative to the 17.5 million passing away from cardiovascular diseases each year.  It can be pointed out that something between 50 million and 100 million succumbed to the 1918 flu in the period up to 1923.  However the world population then was less than 2 billion, and is more than 7 billion now, so the proportional effect was around 4 times higher.

So back to Ebola, with zero deaths in the USA, zero deaths in Europe and zero deaths in the Orient, why are people freaking out about this virus?  The media!!!  I'll end with a question.  Why don't we do more about smoking, for this habit is said to be responsible for 5 million annual deaths, to rise to 8 million in 2030?  Ebola?  Maybe someday a total of 10,000 deaths, and 99.99% of them in West Africa.

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No homes destroyed in Pahoa yet, and the lava flow seems to have slowed down.  However, if not today, then tomorrow, or next week.  Kilauea has continued to spew out magma:

  • Since then:
    • 500 acres of new lands have been created.
    • 89 miles of highway have been covered.
    • 214 structures have been destroyed
    • The thickness of the lava in some locations is up to 115 feet high.
80-year old "island girl" Theresa Zendejas said:

I'm living on a living island.  It's awesome.  It's magical....Life is positive.  What can I say?  You have to do what we have to do.  We have no control over Mother Nature.  We just go with the flow.



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