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Fri Sep 19, 2014, 09:57 AM

Can anyone help me understand...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29256443


there have been 8 health workers killed in Guinea, and it does not even seem to make the top stories of the news (granted I don't watch cable or local news, so I could be wrong). But ISIL kills journalists and many people are yelling for war.

I don't get it. I understand that the health care workers were killed by misinformed villagers and ISIL seems to have more structure and are openly saying they want to kill more. Ebola is killing a lot of people, and the workers are there to help them and stop the spread of the disease. We can do a lot to learn more about how ebola starts and is spread and can be prevented, and Obama has tried to send as much funding as he could.

I just don't understand how some people can be so ready to bang the drums of war in the middle east but don't seem to care much about a deadly thing that we could actually stop.

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Response to logosoco (Original post)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 10:06 AM

1. Is there a lot of oil in Guinea?

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 10:22 AM

5. I guess not! They need something we can exploit them for if they are going to get our help!

I forgot...follow the money!

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 10:32 AM

7. this. plus, we are overly obsessed with particular kinds of threats.

we obsess over airplane fatalities even long after we've made air travel even safer than sleeping in your own bed, certainly far safer than the car trip to the airport.

just think how obsessed about 9/11 we remain. there were 800,000,000 air passengers that year on u.s. flights. 246 of them died on 9/11. if there were *ten* 9/11-scale attacks *every single day for an entire year*, your odds of dying in one of those attacks would be roughly one-tenth of one percent. ok, two-tenths if you made it a round-trip.


and we care more about evil humans than about horrific viruses. perhaps because most people haven't a clue as to how to fight a virus.

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Response to logosoco (Original post)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 10:10 AM

2. The murdered journalists fit more closely into the "Us vs. Them" narrative

The MIC & MSM haven't spent years crafting a narrative about how the evil-doers in Guinea hate our freedom and want to destroy America, so when non-American health workers are killed their deaths are an isolated incident.

But when an American journalist is killed by a declared enemy of The Empire? Well shit! That's tailor-made to fit the recognized storyline, so the media can run with it without having to bother with facts or research or background.


IMO it's about as simple as that, sadly.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 10:20 AM

4. That is sad and simple.

And stupid! I guess I forgot what team I was on for even questioning it! lol

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Response to logosoco (Original post)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 10:12 AM

3. The media is more inclined to cover ...

... the violent deaths of members of the media. ISIL knows this, and is effectively playing for media attention.

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Response to logosoco (Original post)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 10:26 AM

6. Do the misinformed villiagers have a lot of sophisticated weaponry and plans to spread

a Caliphate across the borders of several countries? Are they using videos to recruit from a variety of nations? Are they hoping to spread attacks to Australia, the US, and the UK?

Want to stop a "deadly thing"? Get people to stop texting and driving.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 10:34 AM

8. Well, I am doing what I can on the texting and driving front,

but it is limited to myself, my family members and the people I give an evil stare or a wag of my finger to at stop signs.

And I guess if the people there had the resources for sophisticated things, they would probably start at getting electrical power to every one. And then, who knows. I am not really sure what level their religion plays in these attacks. Maybe more than I am seeing. Or maybe they are just afraid and they don't understand how people from the outside are trying to help and not change things.

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Response to logosoco (Original post)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 07:17 PM

9. Given that Sierra Leone and Guinea are predominently Muslim help me to

understand why we don't hear of massive donations of money and health volunteers from the oil rich Islamic countries? Have these countries made undertaken any efforts to fight the epidemic?

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 09:44 PM

10. Haven't heard any of that.

Maybe they are praying? Or maybe they are like the fundamentalists here and they think the epidemic is a message from god.

No amount of money is really going to help if people don't stop and think "science!"

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