Ebola Insanity: Time to Pressure Airlines Directly to Stop Flights From West Africa

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Fri, Oct 10, 2014 - 12:45pm

My grandfather came to the United States from Poland when he was a little boy back in the early 1900s. He was processed on Ellis Island, the original entry point for immigrants to America.

Why was Ellis Island the gateway to America? And why was it an island? Because it was a quarantine facility.

Some immigrants never made it to Ellis Island. If they were sick on the ship, they might be removed to a hospital on Hoffburn Island or Swinburne Island in New York before they even got to Ellis. Between 1909 and 1911 more than 420 immigrants died at these hospitals, with 85% being children under 13 years of age.

Unfortunately, American history has been wiped away with political correctness, and now the CDC Director is desperately trying to justify his insane policy of keeping flights from West Africa free and open to all in an editorial published on the Fox News website.

In this patronizing, condescending piece of propaganda, he tells us, among other things:

"It’s only human to want to protect ourselves and our families. We want to defend ourselves, so isn’t the fastest, easiest solution to put up a wall around the problem?

But, as has been said, for every complex problem, there’s a solution that’s quick, simple, and wrong."

Wrong? By whose metrics? He acts as if his solution - keeping all borders open and dealing with outbreaks here - is somehow less simple, more complicated, and "right."

Look at how he parses his words in this sentence:

"Stopping planes from flying from West Africa would severely limit the ability of Americans to return to the United States or of people with dual citizenship to get home, wherever that may be."

Last time I checked, "severely limit" is not the same thing as "completely ban" - there is absolutely no reason why we cannot use the military to transport legitimate humanitarian workers to and from the infected zones. There is no reason why we need commercial airlines to be the main method of transport. As for dual citizenship...what are the actual numbers of people who are both American and Liberian, and who still live in Liberia? Three? Give me a break.

He then lies outright:

"When a wildfire breaks out we don't fence it off. We go in to extinguish it before one of the random sparks sets off another outbreak somewhere else."

Mr. Friedman, I know your base constituency consists primarily of idealistic idiots, but wow...did you actually bother to read what your ignorant intern probably just wrote for you?

Firefighters don't fight wildfires by jumping into the middle of the conflagration. They couldn't possibly do that. The way wildfires are fought is precisely through "fences" aka "perimeters." This not just how wildfires are stopped, but also how they are prevented - it is why people who live in wildfire zones are instructed to prune back the forest and underbrush near their homes. That's called creating a "perimeter."

He then writes: "Isolating communities also increases people’s distrust of government, making them less likely to cooperate to help stop the spread of Ebola."

Sir, you need to read some of the forums here. Your own actions are making people distrust the government!

But the key to the newspeak lies in this sentence: "Casting too wide a net, such as invoking travel bans, would only provide an illusion of security and would lead to prejudice and stigma around those in West Africa."

Riiight. So giving native Africans visas to visit the United States isn't going to create a stigma for the native Africans already here? But this is the key talking point right now from the administration: That banning travel is racist, that people who are concerned about diseases being imported are racist, that calling Obama "Obola" is racist.

One writer for the Dallas News actually suggested that if we renamed Ebola "Omaha Virus" we'd suddenly stop being fearful. So in a nation where the richest female is a black woman with the funny name of "Oprah," and one of our top pop stars is named "Beyonce," anything with an African-sounding name is ssssscarrrryyyy?!! Gee, maybe it's the fact that Ebola has upwards of a 90% mortality rate! SMH!

I flipped on the TV yesterday and some self-righteous activist was explaining on PBS that the use of the term "illegal" to describe a person was on par with being a Nazi, because allegedly the Nazis said the Jews were "illegal." Are you kidding me? I'll bet this same activist will deny with spittle flying out of his face that Nazi ever stood for "National Socialist Worker's Party." (By the way, if you are a conservative and call someone a "Socialist," you are also a racist now.)

Now, some of you are going to criticize me for bringing up "race" again, but I'm not the one using it as a propaganda sledgehammer to silence all dissent and common sense in this country. I am frankly sick of it and would prefer not to write about it, but they are the ones that keep bringing it up for every big (or manufactured) issue.

What my main point, actually, is this: WHY are these insane people in charge? Why are they the ones pushing the media narrative? And how can we stop them?

I'll tell you why. Well, at least part of the reason why.

Most normal, average, every day people aren't activists. They aren't spending their days protesting, or organizing boycotts, or writing angry letters to advertisers to try to shut down an opposing viewpoint.

Rush Limbaugh (love him or hate him) has been under siege by a group of approximately 10 activists who had so much time on their hands, they appeared to represent millions. These activists have been relentlessly targeting his advertisers in an attempt to shut down his radio show.

The far left in America has organized. It has outlets like MoveOn that rally the troups to stir up a mob with pitchforks at the drop of a hat.

Where's the MoveOn for moderates? For conservatives? Or even libertarians?

Most sane Americans think it's reasonable policy - and not racist - to stop giving visas to native West Africans right now because it's not worth the risk to infect Americans with a deadly virus. Most sane Americans realize that open borders also put us at risk for Central American diseases, and it is not a coincidence that over 500 children have been paralyzed and at least 5 have died from the enterovirus most likely brought in by "undocumented" children shipped into American communities over the summer.

Where is the mob with pitchforks over this? Oh, there are a few petitions on Whitehouse.gov to stop flights from West Africa, but even a lot of people who agree with them aren't bothering to sign them, because they feel they won't do any good, or they are afraid they will be put into a database (hint: you already are in the database!).

I do agree on one point - trying to get political ideologues to do something about this is probably not going to help. However, we can take a cue from the frothing-at-the-mouth mob activists and start hitting people where it counts - their pocketbooks.

It's an issue that left and right can agree upon (mostly): Airline workers in New York have already started striking over the possibility of being exposed to Ebola when they clean planes. I will be curious to see airline unions end up taking the side of the workers or get pressured by the administration to stop these protests.

So what can we do? We should be contacting the airlines directly and telling them they need to stop flights from West Africa. People are already starting to contact the airlines; we just need more of it. I've seen quite a few people mention in online comments that they have canceled their plane tickets due to fear of being exposed to Ebola. The holidays are coming up. Can you drive instead of fly? I usually fly to see family but I am currently debating whether I am going to drive or just stay home this year.

Yes, the economy might take a little hit if airlines are boycotted. But the economy could collapse entirely if Ebola takes hold in the United States.

Take a cue from the crazy ideologues - it's time to get the pitchforks going.

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BagOfGold
Oct 11, 2014 - 12:13am

Monserrat...

I really like the way you think...very visual writing!...And now...I must!!!...

Houston Texans Cheerleaders - "Rocking In The U.S.A."

Bag Of Gold

Missiondweller
Oct 11, 2014 - 12:56am

Do YOU have N100 masks?

I've been absent the last several days so maybe this is "old news" here:

Currently you can fairly easily locate and buy N100 masks/ respirators. This may NOT be the case for long. SEE BELOW.

Despite the public statements by CDC, they have suspected for a while ebola is partially airborne through sneezing and DO NOT KNOW ho long it can live on any surface.

Now read this carefully:
https://www.americanthinker.com/2014/08/airborne_transmission_of_ebola.html#ixzz3F0MWT7Ck

The Canadian Health Department states that airborne transmission of Ebola is strongly suspected and the CDC admits that Ebola can be transmitted in situations where there is no physical contact between people, i.e.: via direct airborne inhalation into the lungs or into the eyes, or via contact with airborne fomites which adhere to nearby surfaces. That helps explain why 81 doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers have died in West Africa to date. These courageous healthcare providers use careful CDC-level barrier precautions such as gowns, gloves, and head cover, but it appears they have inadequate respiratory and eye protection. Dr. Michael V. Callahan, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital who has worked in Africa during Ebola outbreaks said that minimum CDC level precautions


Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/2014/08/airborne_transmission_of_ebola.html#ixzz3FFNu1QHg
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We're being told risk level is very low because you must be in physical contact with a person. That wouldn't explain why so many HC workers contracted it even though they too precautions.

Currently the CDC advises healthcare workers to use goggles and simple face masks for respiratory and eye protection, and a fitted N-95 mask during aerosol-generating medical procedures. Since so many doctors and nurses are dying in West Africa, it is clear that this level of protection is inadequate. Full face respirators with P-100 (HEPA) replacement filters would provide greater airway and eye protection, and I believe this would save the lives of many doctors, nurses, and others who come into close contact with, or in proximity to, Ebola victims.


and...

Although less airborne than Influenza, it is reasonable to conclude that the West African strain of Ebola is at times spread by airborne means since over 170 medical workers have been infected to date, with 81 dead. These victims were using CDC level protective measures against direct contact with the bodies and body fluids of Ebola patients, leaving airborne transmission as the remaining alternative mode. Simple face masks, and N-95 masks as well, are not good enough to filter out Ebola contaminated airborne particles, and they do not have silicon rubber seals against the face to prevent entrainment (leaking) of contaminated room air in clinic and hospital settings. Likewise, goggles and face shields are inferior in eye protection compared to full face respirators with P-100 filters. Since CDC-level respiratory/eye precautions for Ebola are inadequate for healthcare workers in West Africa, I assume they will also be inadequate in the United States.
Karankawa BagOfGold
Oct 11, 2014 - 1:09am

Great looking gals.

But I'm more absorbed into reality.

https://www.conspiracyqueries.com/2014/09/episode-67-world-bank-whistleb...

Got my tax info back today. I've reached my goal. I grow most of my own food could qualify for food stamps and have absolutley NO USE for any of it.

God Bless.

Yeah, I had to couph up a few coins that I bought years ago, and yeah it sucks that my biggest expense is my property tax.

I'm glad I saw this coming years ago and started prepping. I spent too much time trying to educate people over the last 8 years and only woke up a few. That said, I'm thankful for those that did wake up.

I'm thankful to people that woke me up years ago. Be Optomistic, it's getting much easer to explain this to others.

Think this isn't happening? Listen to this.

https://www.conspiracyqueries.com/2014/09/episode-67-world-bank-whistleb...

It has nothing to do whatsoever about Ebola, but I think it shows EVERYTHING about why ebola is something that is occupying so many minds in America today.

Monserrat
Oct 11, 2014 - 1:48am

@ Bag of Gold!

Did I receive the Golden Pom Pom Award?? Well uh..wait a minute..I'm not sure I am allowed to accept video awards from admired and very talented strangers? I know for a fact that your specific gift is not in my Policies and Procedures Manual either. And the Committee won't be reconvening until next week...right after the Season premier of Gold Rush. (I hope Parker's grandpa is still alive. I love Parker's grandpa.) Anyway...so I can't thank you yet? Because it might be a conflict of interest? I don't know what the conflict might be but the Committee will definitely think one up and then once they do well.... If I said "thank you" it might have to go to arbitration and well we know about that. Another committee and it would have to be formed and a decision would not come until late December at the earliest. So I can say. Yay!!! But that's all....

AlienEyes
Oct 11, 2014 - 2:03am

Steph v DT

Stephanie speaks to the thinkers. DT speaks to the rest and her arrogance speaks loudest of all....but even a broken watch....

The government will simply play the race card once again and forbid airlines from discriminating against black Africans that want to come to the USA to infect crackers. If you really think otherwise, you have managed to remain clueless during the exact same thing happening with another lethal virus....Islam. Multiculturalism be damned !

It is no longer up to the airlines and it hasn't been for a long time. The only thing an individual can do is avoid the TSA, the Gestapo and the SS by not flying.

flyinkel
Oct 11, 2014 - 2:16am

Dagney

I would love to hear a list of your recommendations, and I am in no way being facetious here, I really would like to know. I have seen the evil that you speak of, have tried to wake others up (most folks just say to themselves "no way, that isn't right" even though I know it is). Please share. Thanks.

Karankawa
Oct 11, 2014 - 2:35am

I have seen the evil that you speak of, have tried to wake other

Where does this come from? What is the purpose?

FlyI, don't you find this question obvious that you have done absolutely no research on your own?

I for one will not expect you to get a reply from Dagney.

You are fortunate that you received this reply, and it was only done for the record Turd is forming here.

God Bless

philipat
Oct 11, 2014 - 3:18am

H5N1

I remember flying around Asia at the height of the H5N1 pandemic. Rather nice actually with empty planes and empty airports. That is coming again and it will be devastating to the economy, maybe the "Black Swan" that will overcome the Central Planners finally?

However, I don't believe that stopping flights from West Africa would be effective because:

  1. There are VERY few, if any, direct flights form West Africa into The US. The Dallas case flew via Brussels, for instance.
  2. If someone really wants to get into The US, including to get home or to be assured of free medical treatment, do you really think they are going to admit to having been in West Africa within the last several weeks? If they really want to cover their tracks, they simply buy two tickets, one from West Africa to a European Hub (AMS, FRA, ZRH, CDG, LHR, MAD etc.) then a second ticket to The US from Europe, so no record in the ITX of having started travel in West Africa. And many dual nationals have multiple Passports so even Visa stamps etc, are not a fool proof way of identifying such individuals.
  3. Even if everyone having been in West Africa could be identified, unless there are quarantine facilities in place for literally thousands of people to spend several WEEKS, it would be useless because the symptoms of Ebola infection can take several weeks to appear. So you must EITHER allow asymptomatic person in OR quarantine them all for a minimum of 2 weeks, which also raises legal issues (Not that that means much in The US these days).
  4. Right now is the Annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca. Literally millions of West African pilgrims will be travelling to Saudi Arabia, where they will mingle with millions of other muslims from literally all over the world.

So, there really is no effective way of preventing the spread unless you stop ALL travel across US borders (Except, of course, the Southern borders, for political reasons). Just sit back and wait for the panic to set in, which WILL happen soon enough. Airfares will plummet and Airlines will be under severe financial pressure, even with the lower fuel prices courtesy of the US/Saudi deal on Syria. So if you have travel plans and a Respirator, I suggest you hold off for a while....

flyinkel
Oct 11, 2014 - 6:38am

Karenkawa

You don't know my background and I don't know yours so why do you feel the need to jump in on a question directed towards Dagney? Multiple times you have jumped on my case making erroneous assertions. If I bug you, please feel free to "ignore" me; it will give you peace. Ironically you are always quick to criticize Turd for banning you for the 9/11 vid, because he just didn't understand, yet you are quick to do the same to others.

We are all part of a bigger picture here, Stephanie listed what she would do given what she sees. Dagney did not think that was helpful and indicated she has been in circles where evil runs rampant; I have too. I would like to know what Dagney suggests; why does this offend you? You know nothing about me, yet you attempt to discredit and ensure no answer is given by Dagney, why?

The conundrum is being around high level folks at the point where the rules no longer matter, the cusp where you are aware, but not a part of the evil. I say to Dagney "I have seen the evil" because I have, and it is the truth. I know better than Average Joe what they are capable of, yet am certainly not read into their every detail. I see what others don't, but besides trying to convince others, that can't possibly imagine it is the truth, it is always a concern as to what is the best course of action. Many minds are better than one, and if she has "been there, done that" I would like to hear her suggestions. When I say "I have seen the evil", it is to let Dagney know that I certainly would not be quick to dismiss her comments as outrageous, because everything Dagney said above makes perfect sense to me. Be well.

I Run Bartertown
Oct 11, 2014 - 7:26am

flyinkel

Dagney will probably answer you, but IMHO, she already has. She's repeatedly expressed the idea that essentially, 'you have guns, right? you are men, right?' and once its all settled, I think it will be clear that it was always that simple. Pick your 'bad guy'...the lying media? Their facilities are very public. tyrannical bureaucrats? They leave their homes and drive their cars to work every day...no green zones, no armored support. Subversive 'foundations' corrupting our culture and replacing our people? They sit in their yellow-pages listed offices and do their deeds...unworried. The 'heroes' of this story will be the ones who give them cause to worry, and eventually leave for greener pastures.

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