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Tavis Smiley rips Bill Kristol: You are ‘the worst of America’ for using Ebola in politics

PBS host Tavis Smiley on Sunday lashed out at Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol over suggestions that counties in Africa experiencing Ebola outbreaks be “quarantined.”

During a panel discussion on ABC News, Kristol argued that Republican candidates could win by mentioning that President Barack Obama had not banned travel from African countries because “it’s a pretty easy criticism to make.”

“The president has been blamed for everything else, Bill. Why should he not be blamed for the spread of the Ebola virus?” Smiley snarked in response. “This is the worst of America when we politicize issues like this. These are life and death issues… It underscores the worst and the darkest side of our media culture and our body politic.”

“But I’ve kind of had it, respectfully, Bill, with these arguments that we ought to quarantine certain countries in Africa,” he continued. “You can quarantine individuals, you can’t quarantine countries.”


Infected Workers-Slow Deployment-No Vaccine: Ebola Response Shows Pitfalls of PRIVATIZED Health Care

Although the rate of new Ebola infections has slowed in some areas, the World Health Organization says it would be premature to read that as a success. New WHO projections suggest there could be between 5,000 and 10,000 new cases a week by December. The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response told the U.N. Security Council that the steps implemented by the international community are not enough to halt the advance of the fatal disease. "This is an international humanitarian and health crisis," says Lawrence Gostin, university professor and faculty director at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. Gostin says privatized healthcare has undermined the U.S. response to Ebola, with a lack of available vaccines and access to proper care. "Much of our innovation is driven by the private sector, and from their point of view, Ebola was not a predictable disease and those who got Ebola were too poor to pay for it." We are also joined by Karen Higgins, co-president of National Nurses United.

from the transcript:

AMY GOODMAN: —now the NIH says they are developing a vaccine. It sounds like this has been possible for a long time, but private corporations—and which this is usually their purview—they knew there wasn’t a lot to be made in this profit-wise. So, this is why there were so few shots available, whether it’s a vaccine or other drugs. Can you talk about the importance of public health, and are vaccines possible in dealing with Ebola?

LAWRENCE GOSTIN: Yeah, I mean, the problem is, is that most of our innovation is driven by the private sector. And from their point of view, Ebola was not a predictable disease, and those who got Ebola were too poor to pay for it, and so there’s been a lack of investment. Not only were there not enough doses of ZMapp and things, but they weren’t even tested. There are only now vaccines and others going through clinical testing. And so, we really just don’t have those things on the ground.

Just want to make a very quick comment, if I can, about—we call ourselves the most advanced health system in the world, but what do we mean by that? I think what we mean by that is, is that we have the best of the best of the world. But we also have a highly variable system—so many different hospitals, so many different emergency rooms. We have over 3,500 local health authorities. Everybody is—we’ve got such different standards about what we can do. And what we need to do, as Karen says, is up our game. We need to be more uniform, and we need to have systems in place and the kind of equipment and training at every institution, so that this doesn’t happen again. It’s really unacceptable.


Three minutes on Ebola worth watching on Chuck Todd's MTP. Really!

Chuck Todd and Meet The Press finally put on a substantive program that showed a few rays of what good journalism could look like. The discussion on Ebola was mostly substantive. There were a few instances where political reporters showed their lack of objectivity and journalistic decency however. The experts effectively squashed their flawed reasoning.

Chuck Todd had two unbiased experts on the show. Laurie Garrett is a Pulitzer prize-winning science journalist/writer and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Gabe Kelen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins, Director of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), and Director of the Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER).

Early on Chuck Todd showed an important table that put Ebola into context. Ebola as an actual killer in America is rare compared to many other diseases, activities, and natural events that should give American much more concern.



L.A. Graffiti Artist Humanizes Homeless People By Painting Their Dreams

more about the pics, the people and the artist:

US Special Ops actively & secretly engaged in war & war preparations in over 2/3 of nations on earth

We live in an age in which the most important facts are not seriously disputed and also not seriously known or responded to.

The United States’ biggest public program of the past 75 years, now outstripping the rest of the world combined, is war preparations. The routine “base” military spending, not counting spending on particular wars, is at least 10 times the war spending, or enough to totally transform the world for the better. Instead it’s used to kill huge numbers of people, to make the United States less safe, and to prepare for wars that are — without exception — lost disastrously. Since the justification of the Soviet Union vanished, U.S. militarism has only increased. Its enemies are small, yet it does its best to enlarge them. U.S. Special Operations forces are actively, if “secretly,” engaged in war or war preparations in over two-thirds of the nations on earth. U.S. troops are openly stationed in 90 percent of the nations on earth, and 100 percent of the oceans. A majority of the people in most nations on earth consider the United States the greatest threat to world peace.

The U.S. military has brought death, terror, destruction, and lasting damage to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya — and spilling out of Libya into Mali, sparked a Sunni-Shiite civil war in Iraq that has spread to Syria, rendered Pakistan and Yemen more violent and insecure with drone strikes, and fueled violence in Somalia that has spilled across borders.

These facts are well-established, yet virtually incomprehensible to a typical U.S. news consumer. So, if they can be repeated brilliantly and convincingly, I say: the more times the better.



All About The $$$: FOX Ebola TV Series in the Works

Based on Richard Preston's 1994 best-seller 'The Hot Zone,' the limited series is being produced by Fox TV Studios

As the Ebola virus continues to dominate the headlines, producer Lynda Obst and director-producer Ridley Scott are bringing the deadly pathogen to the small screen with a limited series for Fox TV Studios based on Richard Preston's 1994 nonfiction best-seller The Hot Zone.

For the past year, the pair quietly has been working on the property, which they optioned two decades ago and never let lapse, hiring Jeff Vintar (I, Robot) to adapt. But the project became incredibly timely a few months ago when the current outbreak — the deadliest manifestation of the disease to date — began to emerge in West Africa. Ebola has ravaged several countries in Africa, killing some 4,400, and has since spread to the United States, claiming one victim in Texas. Two nurses who cared for the Texas patient have tested positive for the disease, which kills about half of the people who contract it. This week, it came to light that one of the nurses flew from Cleveland to Dallas the day before testing positive, setting off a new wave of fears that the disease will continue to spread.


"We The People"...*Except for the Poor Blacks & Hispanics

More wives Google “Is my husband gay” than “Is my husband an alcoholic” or “Is my husband cheating”


Graph: If World Mass Were Divided Like Wealth


Wow, Candy Crowley, instead of gushing, actually asks Cruz some important questions...

"We haven’t had a Surgeon General — who is the nation’s leading public health official, at least the voice of it — for a year. Some Democrats and some Republicans had opposed the particular surgeon general the president had nominated. Do you think it would have helped A. If NIH and CDC had had a little more money and B. Had there been a surgeon general to kind of calm what has been the fear of Ebola?" Crowley asked on CNN's "State of the Union."

"Of course we should have a surgeon general in place," Cruz responded. "And we don’t have one because President Obama, instead of nominating a health professional, he nominated someone who is an anti-gun activist."

"And a doctor," Crowley jumped in.

Cruz conceded that Murthy is a doctor, but he then called him a "crusader against second amendment rights."

"And the funding, Senator?" Crowley asked.

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