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Friday, October 31, 2014

New Ebola Facts & Government Non-Apologies

"It is easier to apologize than to make things right, and for those with Ego, easier to avoid than ever admit.."  -- Unknown

We were going to do another 'This Week in Apologies' but sometimes one has to be careful not to belabor a valid point

Besides, its actually more interesting the people and entities that refuse to apologize when they should vs those who quickly do when there's no need.

Like Wal-Mart being forced to quickly apologize for having a 'fat girl' section on their online site when it comes to selling Halloween costumes
Yet the President doesn't have to apologize for putting the safety of Americans at potential risk of Ebola secondary to political correctness and prevention of demonizing the black race i.e. West Africans.

The government pretty much tells everyone to 'Keep Calm and Carry On'; an insipid worn-out phrase we poked fun of and mocked previously..

OK then..  So why are government agencies scrambling to buy hazmat suits?
Lakeland Industries, who make the suits announced recently an order was put in by various government agencies that totaled..   Wait for it..

1 million hazmat suits

This on top of the 160,000 suits ordered by the State Department ordered the previous month..

Who do you think those suits are for..  You and We?

Or They?
Then the government continues to push the narrative that it is extremely difficult to catch the disease and compare it to HIV where you have to be infected through transmission of bodily fluids and the like..

Yet, according to the NY Post, the CDC admitted yesterday the following:

"Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted — and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before,..

“If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC."
But gee... We thought you can only get Ebola by having sex with an infected person or sharing their hypodermic needle, etc..

"Nass pointed to a poster the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released on its Web site saying the deadly virus can be spread through “droplets.”

“Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose or mouth of another person,” the poster states.

“The CDC said it doesn’t spread at all by air, then Friday they came out with this poster,” Nass said. “They admit that these particles or droplets may land on objects such as doorknobs and that Ebola can be transmitted that way.
Dr. Rossi Hassad, a professor of epidemiology at Mercy College, said droplets could remain active for up to a day.

“A shorter duration for dry surfaces like a table or doorknob, and longer durations in a moist, damp environment,” Hassad said."

So before yesterday we're told its impossible to get Ebola through anything airborne..  Now we can touch objects that have duration periods of up to a full day..

And still no White House apology for minimizing the situation
Yours truly was at the doctor's office yesterday afternoon and someone in the waiting room coughed..

And without hesitating a moment, I covered my mouth, ran to the front desk where masks were provided for free and put one on, sitting for the duration with it on while not giving two shits how I was perceived by the strangers in the room

Did this woman have Ebola?  Ehh.. Probably not..

But my personal fear of getting it trumps my need to be respectful or politically correct to this woman's feelings, someone who quite frankly should have been wearing the mask herself even if it was just a common cold
So right now its still an academic topic for people for the most part..

Its killing people over "there" and really not a big deal here..

And then one day when its found out that a couple dozen people to attended the same movie theater or a few hundred people who attended the same outdoor sporting event contracted it..

And then it will become real for people and self-preservation will trump the need to be fair to those of West Africa and people working there who wish to fly here and enter as if coming from Hawaii or Ireland
And the concept of a 21 day 'involuntary quarantine' will move from a civil discourse on Constitutional rights vs public safety to populace demand and public policy.

And we wager we'll still get no apology from the President.

Nor does he seem to have to apologize for a coward working in some official capacity for the Administration calling the leader of one of the US' staunchest allies 'chickenshit', much less make any effort to publicly name the prick in question

Apologizes are saved for irrelevance and triviality..
Like sports governing body FIFA apologizing for organizers of the 2018 World Cup including Crimea in the map of Russia (which is idiotic because Crimea IS now once again part of Russia-- that is fact)

Or someone botching the singing of the National Anthem during a sporting event (which is also idiotic because unless its competition between teams of competing nations, there's no reason to interject jingoistic nationalism into any sporting event)

Or when an Israeli official dares to mock or degrade the 'Honorable' Secretary of Defense John "I married for money" Kerry for a two-faced diplomatic strategy in the Middle East..

Then let the apologizes fall like rain from the heavens.