Sarah Palin knows how old the Chinese gymnasts are.

calendar   Wednesday - February 12, 2020

Even Disease Is Now PC

The WHO: We will be fooled again?

World Health Organization Names It COVID-19

The rest of us just call it the Wuhan virus, although I’m really leaning towards Kung Flu

The World Health Organization on Tuesday finally gave an official name to the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 1,000 people: COVID-19.

“Co” is for coronavirus, “Vi” is for virus, “D” is for disease and “19” since it was detected in late 2019, officials said.

The name was chosen because the agency wanted something “pronounceable and related to the disease,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva. “We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people.”

The infectious disease had been previously referred to in reports as the Wuhan coronavirus since it originated in the central Chinese metropolis.

“Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing,” Tedros added.

It’s not like the entire world didn’t know that the virus came out of Wuhan China. Or that bats, snakes, and now maybe pangolins are part of the vector. Wet markets with all their filth and germs.

Who is WHO trying to kid? But oh noes, don’t use a name that might stigmatize anything. Like Typhoid Mary, or Spanish Flu. Or even MERS, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome thing from a few years back. What a crock.

I do agree that just saying “coronavirus” is shortsighted, because there are many coronaviruses. But until 2 months ago, almost no one outside of a medical lab had ever heard the term.

“covid 19” isn’t much easier to say than 2019-nCov, which could just as easily be nCov-2019 or nCov-19. Saying “Enn cahv 19” is as easy as “coe vid 19”. And just as non-stigmatic. And pretty much the same name that the accurate media has been using already.

But if PC forces me to abstain from saying “Wuhan virus” I really want to go with Kung Flu. It’s obliquely referential to China but not bluntly stigmatizing. “Kung Pao Sicken” could work too, which would add in a food reference for this “novel” Bat Soup Death Broth thing.

There may never have actually been someone named Mary who spread typhoid. These days we say Patient Zero. And the Spanish Flu didn’t come from Spain, which everybody knows. But this one did come from China. From Wuhan China. And from eating bats and snakes.


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calendar   Tuesday - February 11, 2020

Meanwhile In China And Elsewhere


Citizens model the latest fashion in Shanghai as reported deaths from the Wuhan virus top 100 per day for the first time.

China is busy spraying entire cities with bleach.

Elsewhere in the world, a highly limited study shows that it may be the case that Chinese people, males especially, have a higher number of ACE2 receptors in their lung tissue than do non-Chinese people. This is the same part of the body through which SARS, a very similar virus, spread some years ago.  Analysis of the case data shows that the two (as of this writing) deaths “outside China” were actually Chinese men. Also, the cases in the UK, France, UAE, and in Finland are also Chinese people. If PC is driving the media to hide, or not even ask, about the ethnic identity of people who are getting sick, then they are doing all of us a great disservice and just spreading panic.

The authors begin by noting that, from an evolutionary perspective, there is every reason to expect there to be ethnic or race differences in the susceptibility to different pathogens. Races—or, as they call them, “ethnic groups”—are breeding populations, long-separated, usually by geography, who are, therefore, genetic clusters adapted to different ecologies. Because they were exposed to different pathogens in prehistory, there are very likely to be race differences in susceptibility to the pathogens and in how well the immune system can fight them.

With the highly endangered poor little pangolin the latest possible strange mammal to be included in the animal to human vector chain, the above author notes how genetic populations (races) that have long practiced farming, animal husbandry, and livestock crossbreeding were far less susceptible to SARS, Swine Flu, and the Spanish Flu back in 1918, while other genetic populations that never really domesticated animals (Maoris in New Zealand, native groups in Canada, the Saami people in Norway and Finland) had a far greater illness and death rate than everyone else. Farming has been around in China since forever, but the recent news has shown that they obviously still consume and use weird wild animals much more than your typical resident of Gary Indiana. Whether or not this is THE connection, A connection, or nothing at all remains to be seen. However, the upshot may be that while the Wuhan virus may spread around the world, it may not be much of a big deal if you aren’t ethnically Chinese. [ of course, the tinfoil hat brigade will run with this, not accepting that there is a difference between random natural happenstance and malicious GMO intent ]


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calendar   Monday - February 03, 2020

Chinese Herpes Monkeys In Florida

Oh great, another invasive introduced species of Asian disease carrier. Where else? You knew it had to be Florida.

Florida Herpes Monkeys


There’s a new resident in the Julington Creek neighborhood Jacksonville. Also in St. Johns, St. Augustine, Palatka, Welaka and Elkton.

In all, a dozen confirmed sightings of a feral, invasive monkey species: the rhesus macaque.

Videos and photographs – grainy and shaky, shot by homeowners – track the trail of a species expansion that experts call concerning and possibly dangerous.

“The potential ramifications are really dire,” University of Florida wildlife ecologist Dr. Steve Johnson told First Coat News. “A big male like the one in that video in Jacksonville—that’s an extremely strong, potentially dangerous animal.”

First Coast News obtained two videos and several photographs taken of the monkeys. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials call the reports credible, a likely expansion of the feral monkey population in Central Florida.

Rheseus macaques were first introduced to Silver Springs State Park in the late 1930s when a tour boat operator named Colonel Tooey released six of them on a manmade island as a tourist attraction. He released another six a decade later.

“Guess what?” laughs Johnson. “They can swim. They left the island.”

The monkeys have lived in the state park ever since – alternately mesmerizing and terrifying parkgoers. They’ve also ranged well beyond the park boundaries, with sightings far as Tampa and Apopka.

But this is the first time the monkeys have been reported on the First Coast.

Julington Creek resident Carrie Bennett is admittedly wary of the primates. “That is definitely a concern because I walk the dogs at like 5:30 in the morning and its pitch blackout,” she said. “If they bit me, if they came after and bit you, you don’t know what they have, what they’re carrying.”

In fact, the monkeys carry—and shed—the Herpes B virus, which can be fatal to humans. It’s what Johnson calls a “low risk, high consequence” possibility. The animals are also physically imposing with “strong arms, a very strong bite [and] large canine teeth.”

In the mid-1980s the population spiked to almost 400. Between 1984 and 2010, around 1,000 were trapped and killed in an attempt to control the population.

In the 1970s, a laboratory animal supply company introduced rhesus macaques to the Florida Keys, but they were removed between 1990 and 2000 after they ruined red mangroves, causing a loss of vegetation and eroded the shoreline.

Now, the animals, which can live for over three decades in the wild in groups of between 10 to 80 monkeys, have been spotted in the Julington Creek, St. Johns, St. Augustine, Palatka, Welaka and Elkton areas of northeast Florida, according to First Coast News.

Dr. Steve Johnson, an expert in primates at the University of Florida, told First Coast News, “The potential ramifications are really dire.”

I’d say, hunt them to extinction. At around 15-17lb full grown, they’re the perfect size game for a .22LR. Since they probably travel in packs, you’ll want a repeater with a large magazine and several buddies hunting with you.

OTOH, they could try trapping them and using them as python bait.


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calendar   Tuesday - January 28, 2020

You Can’t Get There From Here


United Airlines Suspends Flights To China

United Airlines is suspending some of its flights to China as coronavirus fears have led to a “decline in demand for travel” to the country.
On Tuesday, the airliner stated that it will be canceling flights from San Francisco International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia for the first week of February.

“Due to a significant decline in demand for travel to China, we are suspending some flights between our hub cities and Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai beginning Feb. 1 through Feb. 8. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and will adjust our schedule as needed,” said a statement to Fox News.

United Airlines, meanwhile, has also expanded its travel waivers to ticketholders scheduled to fly to Beijing, Chengdu or Shanghai before Feb. 29, waiving the change fee for any travel scheduled before that time.

United travelers with tickets to Wuhan through March 29 are also eligible for refunds — “even for nonrefundable tickets,” the airline writes.

News of the cancellations comes a day after the U.S. State Department issued a Level 3 advisory (Reconsider Travel) for China. The department further issued a Level 4 advisory (Do Not Travel) for the entire Hubei province, the capital of which is Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated.

Without a doubt other airlines will soon follow suit. Hell, would you even get on an airplane that has been to China lately? Even if the thing reeks of Clorox and Lysol and they wave around “Level 5 Decontamination” documents ... would you believe them? They’re screwed, and they know it. Cruise ships are no different; expect that industry to be mothballed for a few years at least. Even if you could get in your car and drive to one of those awesome resorts down Mexico way, once the New Plague hits there, will you go? Hell. No.

This epidemic is going to have a world-wide major economic impact. Tourism to the Orient is already drastically lower, losing those nations billions. As the virus spreads global travel will decrease to the newly infected areas. Within a relatively short time imports and exports will suffer as well. The tech industry will be brought to a standstill, as every computer, telephone, TV, and electronic gizmo in the world is made over there somewhere.

I really hope this is a temporary thing, an overreaction is our utterly risk-averse society. If it isn’t, we’re going to see a return to isolationism and a growth of Fortress America. A whole generation has grown up playing zombie apocalypse video games, subliminally preparing them.

Naturally everyone’s economies will tank. Every nation will have to become self-sufficient with food and fuel, and utterly averse to immigration and foreign tourism. Those that don’t will die.

I don’t know where this can go or will go. But I can envision Empty Zones, and sanitizing nuclear attacks if it really goes off the deep end and into the abyss. I can see nations breaking apart and the fall of cities chock full of welfare dependents and recent immigrants. Nightmare scenarios.

Damn, I’m just Pollyanna Sunshine, ain’t I?

UPDATE: British Airways Too

British Airways ceased all of its direct flights to and from mainland China amid the coronavirus outbreak—with the decision coming after the United Kingdom advised against “all but essential” travel to the rest of the country on Tuesday.

When logging into, the official website for the airline, it currently shows no direct flights to the country—with a posted notice, “Sorry, there are no direct flights for this route, flights with connections are below.”

“We apologize to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority,” BA said in an emailed statement to Reuters on Wednesday. “Customers due to travel to or from China in the coming days can find more information on”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said the decision to advise against traveling to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao) was due to the restrictions of movement placed by the government in response to the outbreak.

“It may become harder over the coming weeks for those who wish to leave China to do so,” the FCO said. “If you feel that you may want to leave China soon, you should consider making plans to do so before any further restrictions may be imposed.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: US Evacuees Sent To Military Base. Quarantine?

A plane carrying about 201 U.S. citizens evacuated from Wuhan, China—the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus—has landed in the U.S. after it was diverted Tuesday to California’s March Air Reserve Base “for the logistics that they have,” an official said.

The Boeing 747 with red and gold stripes and no passenger windows was initially headed to Ontario International Airport in California. It landed in Alaska at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Tuesday night—before it refueled and took off for California.  Every passenger passed the screenings.

“The whole plane erupted in cheers when the crew said, ‘Welcome home to the United States,’” Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said.
The individuals on board the flight were set to be screened before take off, monitored during the flight by medical personnel and screened again when the plane landed at a fueling stop in Anchorage, AK.

“[The passengers would be] monitored on the last leg of the flight by medical personnel on board; evaluated upon arrival at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California; and then monitored for symptoms post-arrival,” the CDC added.

The lobby in the international terminal of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was nearly empty Tuesday afternoon, and an airport employee was seen jogging through though the facility that has closed counters for companies like Korean Air, China Airlines and Asiana Airlines.


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Exponential Growth Wuhan Virus

The more you have, the faster you get even more.

Today’s This Morning’s Wuhan Virus News


China: Coronavirus Numbers Nearly Double In One Day

New reports from the Chinese government indicate that the number of people who have been infected by the coronavirus jumped from 2,700 yesterday to over 4,500 today as the number of people who have died from the outbreak is now well over 100.

“China on Tuesday reported 25 more deaths from a new viral disease, raising the total to at least 106, as the U.S. government prepared to fly Americans out of the city at the center of the outbreak,” The Associated Press reported. “There were 1,771 new cases confirmed on Monday, raising the national total to 4,515, according to the National Health Commission. It said 976 were in serious condition.”

The Washington Post reported that “a scientific assessment of the spread of the disease, assuming an optimistic 90 percent quarantine, still predicted more than 59,000 infections and 1,500 deaths — twice the toll of the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak.”

The New York Times reported yesterday that the rapid spread of the virus led China’s communist government to expanding its quarantine to an “unprecedented scope affecting 56 million people.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised its travel warning to China to its highest-level, strongly encouraging Americans to not travel to the communist nation.

Outbreak becomes epidemic, epidemic becomes pandemic. And so on, and so on. And these are the numbers that they’re admitting to, even while they try to hide the reality by using different terminology.

Worth reading: a compilation of Tweets from an actual expert, and several other news bits on this story.

•  Dr. Dena Grayson: Having YEARS of experience developing an Ebola treatment, I was concerned about this Coronavirus Outbreak from the outset, because this coronavirus strain is very contagious, causes severe illness, and NO treatments or vaccines are available.

•  Dr. Dena Grayson: Unlike H5N1 “bird flu” (which does not spread easily between people) or SARS (which was spread by only a handful of “super spreaders”), this coronavirus DOES appear to spread easily between people, even after making the jump from an animal (this is not common).

•  Dr. Dena Grayson: In addition to being highly contagious, this novel coronavirus can cause a SEVERE infection that can kill even healthy people. It’s rare to see BOTH of these (bad) attributes in the same novel virus. Usually, it’s one or the other.



The Chinese Embassy in Copenhagen has demanded an apology from Danish newspaper Jyllands-posten for publishing a Chinese flag with the coronavirus on it.

The image by Niels Bo Bojesen featured the Chinese flag with the yellow stars replaced with pictures of the novel coronavirus. The newspaper published the cartoon in their ‘Today’s Cartoon’ section with a disclaimer saying that the cartoon represented the artist’s personal interpretation, which may differ from the position of the paper.

Despite this, the Chinese Embassy in Denmark called on Jyllands-posten and Bojesen to immediately apologize to the Chinese people. The embassy spokesman reminded the paper that the outbreak has so far killed over a hundred people in China, and that all efforts are underway to fight the epidemic. This “satire drawing,” he added, is an insult to China and hurts the feelings of the Chinese people.

Aww, too bad, so sad. Yeah, too bad so sad that Danish is a poor language for intense swearing. And then translating that into Chinese is even harder.


Wuhan virus now in Canada, transmission vector confirmed. Surgical masks selling out everywhere.


Mongolia closes border with China. Hey, maybe they should build their own wall this time??

North Korea and Malaysia have also closed borders.


And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall.

And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired.

And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.

Edgar Allen Poe, The Masque of the Red Death, 1842


Economic Impacts Already: China-US Air Traffic In Free Fall

Two years ago, the future appeared to be incredibly strong. Expanding visitation, robust discretionary spending on the part of Chinese visitors, and a shortage of adequate capacity all combined to make airlines on both sides of the Pacific enthusiastic.
As of now, however, all that is out the moon gate. The bottom has quickly fallen out of the trans-Pacific market between the U.S. and the Middle Kingdom.

It’s due to the coronavirus epidemic, and it is not only killing people, but it’s threatening to put a stake in the heart of what was until now was still thought to be potentially one of the fastest growth sectors in the global air transportation business.

It’s simple. Air traffic between the United States and China is spinning into a free-fall. (It’s also doing so to other international destinations from China, for the same set of reasons.)

To be sure, occasional cases of the potentially deadly coronavirus are being discovered all over the world, including in the USA. But it’s now all across China, big time.


Work Them Harder Now Before They’re All Dead

Apple Increases iPhone Production 10%

Apple Inc. has asked suppliers to make as many as 80 million iPhones in the first half of this year, an increase of more than 10% from the previous year’s output, the Nikkei newspaper reported.

Apple has booked orders for as many as 65 million units of current models, primarily the iPhone 11 series, and as many as 15 million units of a new low-cost model, the paper reported, citing unidentified people.


Apple is reportedly asking its chipmaker TSMC to increase production of the A13 processor due to higher-than-anticipated iPhone 11 demand. Bloomberg reports that the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are selling particularly well in China.

Without a doubt this is coronavirus related.

Personally, if I was in charge I’d have every single thing that shows up here from China sprayed down with super disinfectant, and then hit with enough sterlizing UV-C light that they glow.


German man gets Wuhan from Chinese co-worker, Japanese bus driver gets it from tour bus full of Chinese.

When - not if - this thing really takes off, expect to see a lot of anti-Chinese backlash all over the world. Oh, it won’t be at the government level, no no. But if you get up one day and see that your town’s Chinese take-out place has burned to the ground, you’ll know.

I think I’ll get myself another order of yummy Wor Shu Duck, because I think that might be my last visit there for some time. And I do hope this doesn’t vector into the Thai community, because I don’t want to live without Drunken Man Noodles or chu-chee curry.


Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that the CDC is conducting screenings at 20 American airports that receive 90% of all passengers from China.
The CDC advises Americans to avoid unnecessary travel to Hubei Province. Three dozen US diplomats and their families in Wuhan will evacuate the region to return to the US early this week.
The Canadian government has issued a travel advisory, urging citizens to avoid all travel to the Hubei Province of China. The advisory includes the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou.

The northern Chinese city of Tangshan also suspended all local public transportation services to curb the spread of the virus.
Otherwise, the CDC encourages people to follow flu season protocol: Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid ill people and stay home and avoid public situations if they’re ill. A coronavirus vaccine would take at least a year to reach the public.

If all the airport screeners are doing is taking people’s temperature, then this is just kabuki theater and these screeners are no more effective than anyone else in the TSA.


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calendar   Monday - January 27, 2020

Getting Tired Of 2019 nCoV-erage

Latest Reports:
•  Wuhan Virus Infects 83% Of People Encountered, 15% Fatal
•  No Symptoms For 2 Weeks, Spreads During Incubation Phase
•  May Have Been Stolen From Canadian Lab
•  5 Confirmed Cases In US, 110 Suspected

Oy vey, if any of this is true, we’re looking at a Wrath Of God level global epidemic. Crap.

The U.S. news media is currently running about one to two days behind the Chinese media in covering the bombshell revelations surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Natural News has Chinese-speaking investigators on the ground in Taiwan, and they’re scanning the Chinese media for the most important announcements.

Earlier today, the Taiwan media began reporting on a new mainland Chinese study that specifically looked at the individuals involved in this Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. We have a partial translation and link below. According to this news, which is widely circulating in the Taiwan press and is based on a study published in The Lancet, the Wuhan coronavirus fatality rate has leaped to 15%, and the infection rate among those exposed is 83%.

These numbers are virtually unheard of in the world of microbiology and infectious disease transmission. It means that 15 out of every 100 infected people will die. It also means that 83 out of 100 exposed people will become infected and able to transmit the disease to others.

So for every 100 people who are exposed, around 12 will die (15% of 83).

The only criticism of this study is that its sample size was relatively small, given that it’s still very early in the outbreak of this disease. The study looked at 41 cases of individuals who were exposed.

If the infection rate stands at 83%, this pandemic will be impossible to contain

I ordered my N100 level masks from Amazon yesterday, finding some from a place that actually had them in stock. In theory: they haven’t shipped yet. Any kind of mask is better than none, but ones rated N95, N99, N100, P95, P99, P100, or P0.3 are the best against germs. Even a FFP3/P3 can be somewhat effective.  All of these ratings are based on testing them against 0.3 micron particles, which, sadly, is about twice the size of a virus particle. Actual respirators - chemical fume masks, half face and full face - can do the job as well. So will a good milsurp gas mask with fresh cartridges.

A little online research will reveal that the flu virus is .17 microns in size. Clearly smaller than even N100 masks can filter out. However, it is critical to understand that the flu virus does not float in the air by itself. The flu virus is transported from patient to patient on droplets of excretions from sneezing and coughing. These particles are typically 5 microns or larger. When a sick patient wears a respirator, the respirator can be very effective at preventing infectious material from leaving the patients body, and when worn by healthy individuals, it prevents inhalation of said material. More importantly, wearing a mask is a excellent way of preventing the user from rubbing or touching their mouth or nose, which is a very high risk factor. At the end of the day will an N95 mask guarantee to protect you from the Flu? No. But it can substantially reduce your risk or receiving or transmitting the disease.

And a report the other day said the airborne virus can infect you by landing in your eyes. Great. Now we all need swim goggles or full face masks. Fluck!!

I’d say stock up on disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, etc. If you can even find any in the stores. Stock up on food now. Stay away from crowds, cook your food thoroughly, stop touching your face and licking your fingers, etc. If this all goes to Hell, isolate yourself and stay home for a month or two. Better to lose your job than to be dead.

Yes, I know, we go through the big Flu Scare every year. And it’s usually a huge Chicken Little situation. But never in my life has any country quarantined cities of millions. And that part really scares me. Add in today’s news that people can have this virus and show no signs for a week or two means that these airport thermal scanner efforts are a waste of time.

Now we’ve got the conspiracy theories ... or are they actual news, connecting the dots? ... that viral lab in dhimmi Canada was staffed completely with muzzies and other Asians. CDC says the virus is mutating at an amazing rate ... is this thing a created weapon? I don’t want to accept that, but you have to see that it is possible.

At this point, the CDC said the virus does appear to have mutated, but described the outbreak as a “rapidly changing situation.” The virus has killed at least 81 people in China and sickened over 2,700 more. The CDC said 16 other international locations had reported a case of the virus.


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calendar   Saturday - January 25, 2020

Same Bat Vector, Different Bat Disease

Health Report: Eating Bats Gives You Ebola

People of Guinea: We Don’t Care, It’s Our Traditional Food

Medical teams struggling to curb Ebola in west Africa have been discouraging bush meat consumption, believed to have caused the outbreak, but some rural communities dependent on the meat for protein are determined to continue their traditional hunting practices.

While meat from wild animals such as fruit bats, rodents and forest antelopes has largely disappeared from market stalls in main towns such as Guéckédou in southern Guinea – the epicentre of the disease, and the capital Conakry following campaigns to avoid contamination, it is still being eaten in remote villages despite the risks.

“Life is not easy here in the village. They [authorities and aid groups] want to ban our traditions that we have observed for generations. Animal husbandry is not widespread here because bush meat is easily available. Banning bush meat means a new way of life, which is unrealistic,” said Sâa Fela Léno, who lives in Nongoha village in Guéckédou.

The disease, which erupted in Guinea’s southern forest region and was diagnosed in March as Ebola, is west Africa’s first outbreak, and the worst known to date globally with more than 700 deaths. Infections continue to spread in Guinea and neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“Life is not easy” ... yeah right. In other words, you’re a lazy POS.

Remove the international aid and health workers, don’t let anyone out of the countries in the area. Let them all die. I’m beyond tired of this crap. If these primitive subhumans are so effin’ stupid that they can’t comprehend this aspect of the modern world, then they’re too backwards for any of to be bothered with. Sayonara, dumbshits.

Yes, this “news” is nearly 6 years old ... as if anything ever changes in Africa.


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calendar   Friday - January 24, 2020

Today’s Outbreak News

concise blogging again

Same bat vector, next bat virus?

Marburg virus is a hemorrhagic fever virus, closely related to Ebola. The virus is considered to be extremely dangerous.

Stay the F*** away from bats. They aren’t pets, they aren’t dinner.


Numbers Rising


USA 2:


Yay Haiti.

I didn’t even know there was such a site as Outbreak News Today!!


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calendar   Thursday - January 23, 2020

China Quaranties More Cities Over Coronavirus

China: City Lockdowns Increase

“Unprecieented in public health history”

Trains and planes out of Wuhan were indefinitely suspended, tollways on roads out the city were closed, leading to fear and panic for those who were trapped.

Hours later, authorities in neighbouring Huanggang announced that public transport and train services would be suspended at midnight, while people were told to not leave the city of 7.5 million.

All of Huanggang’s cinemas, internet cafes, and the central market will close.

A third city, 1.1 million-population Ezhou, announced the train station had been temporarily closed earlier in the day.

“We are feeling as though it is the end of the world,” said one Wuhan resident on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform, voicing concerns about shortages of food and disinfectant.

More than 570 people have been infected with the virus across China—with most cases found in Wuhan, where a seafood market that illegally sold wild animals has been identified as the epicentre of the outbreak.

The coronavirus has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. Like SARS, it can be passed among people through the respiratory tract.

The first case of the new virus was confirmed on December 31, and it has since been detected in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

Three weeks after Chinese officials announced the outbreak of a new virus, more than 400 people have been sickened and 17 have died, leading to questions of just how alarmed the public should be.

The coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, began at an animal and seafood market in the city of Wuhan and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. The illness is now said to be transferable between humans.


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calendar   Sunday - August 14, 2016

Gee, That Worked Out So Well

ObamaCare ==> Hellena Handbasket

Premiums soar as coverage falters and providers run for the hills. Only massive bribery can keep them now.

The health insurance exchanges that are the beating heart of Obamacare are on the edge of collapse, with premiums rising sharply for ever narrower provider networks, non-profit health co-ops shuttering their doors, and even the biggest insurance companies heading for the exits amid mounting losses.  Even the liberal Capitol Hill newspaper is warning of a possible “Obamacare meltdown” this fall.

Three states – Alaska, Alabama, and Wyoming – are already down to just a single insurance company, as are large parts of several other states, totaling at least 664 counties.

UnitedHealth is pulling out completely, Humana is pulling out of 88 percent of counties it was in, and last weak Aetna strongly suggested it will be exiting, too, unless it gets bribed to stay with a huge, annual infusion of direct corporate bailout payments from taxpayers.

Dealing with the wreckage will be at the top of the agenda for the new president and Congress next year, and their options will be limited – especially if, as appears likely, we will continue to have divided government.  Most Democrats would prefer moving toward a totally government-run system while Republicans continue to favor repeal.

Wasn’t there another ObamaLie back in teh day about how this wasn’t all about setting up a single payer (ie government run) system?

But don’t worry, it gets worse:

Cost of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion 49% Higher Than Previously Estimated

[ perhaps that’s because you have the CIA and the military doing your estimates, and feeding you only the “blue sky” numbers? And what about the rest of us who were screaming from the balconies about what would happen? Oh right. Dismissed us totally. Because we were raycis. ]

A government report finds that the cost of expanding Medicaid to millions more low-income people is increasing faster than expected, raising questions about a vital part of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The law provided for the federal government to pay the entire cost of the Medicaid expansion from 2014 through the end of this year.

Obama has proposed an extra incentive for states that have not yet expanded Medicaid: three years of full federal financing no matter when they start. But the new cost estimates could complicate things.

In a recent report to Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the cost of expansion was $6,366 per person for 2015, about 49 percent higher than previously estimated.

“We were told all along that the expansion population would be less costly,” said health economist Brian Blase with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia. “They are turning out to be far more expensive.”

Don’t forget, ObamaCare isn’t the son of RomneyCare. It’s the rebirthed Frankenstein bastard of HillaryCare. 


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calendar   Saturday - July 23, 2016

ruff week

My brother is back in the hospital. High fever, dehydrated. Talk about your misdiagnosis - some online doctor he “visited” told him he had “summer flu” but when that didn’t get better and he went to a real doctor, he wound up in the hospital straight away and tests are showing a blood clot and a big diverticulitis attack GI area of concern that merits further attention. So we’ll see what happens. Hopefully he’s getting some real care for the real problems now. Don’t know if surgery will be called for.

Helluva way to spend his birthday.



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calendar   Thursday - June 02, 2016

Evacuation complete?

Peiper Has Been Released, Again

I had a nice little message on my answering machine. Peiper is out of the hospital, again. And back at the rehab center, again.

So I guess that means they’ve stopped his internal dripping. Which means he’s finally done having a leak. Evacuation complete!

We hope.

Best wishes old buddy!


Why yes, this is a gay bar. What gave it away?


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calendar   Wednesday - March 30, 2016

Pray For Peiper

I got a phone call today.

“Hello, is this Drew? This is Jen, Jay’s wife. In England.”

And the bottom dropped out of my world. At a certain point in life, there are phone calls you just do not want to get.

Well, poor old Peiper has had himself a major heart problem. He’s lucky to live barely more than around the corner from one of the better cardiac centers on that verdant island, and they got him right in.

Six hours of surgery later, and he’s in an induced coma until the situation stabilizes.

It’s something to do with one or more of the layers in his aorta. And bleeding. And that’s all I really know for sure. Updates when I get them, which I might not get very often.

03/31/16 UPDATE: None. I haven’t heard a word, but I’m not really expecting to. I’m sure she’s got plenty enough to worry about. Lyndon, did you get my email?? Thank you, everyone, for your kind words of support. Keep the prayers coming. 

04/01/16 UPDATE: HE’S ALIVE! ALIVE I TELL YOU!! I got another call from Jen. Jay is alive, awake, no longer bleeding from the heart or from the brain, and does not seem to have suffered any brain damage. Awesome news, but Say What?? Bleeding brains? OMFG.  Crivens and a half, there’s a story here for him to tell when he is up to it. Which might be quite a while. And he wasn’t in the local hospital, they took him to South Hampton which is a better care center. Well, fine. Fine.


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calendar   Sunday - March 20, 2016

Gosh I wonder How

UK “Experts” Willfully Blind ??

Unexpected Illness: scarlet fever infecting hundreds of children a week

Thousands of children are being infected with scarlet fever as the once feared Victorian disease, a leading cause of infant deaths in the early 20th century, makes a startling comeback.

Cases of scarlet fever have reached a 50-year high, with more than 17,000 cases confirmed last year – the highest since the 1960s. There have been more than 6,100 cases since September last year, and the peak season is from now until the middle of April. Around 600 cases are currently being recorded each week.

Family doctors across the country are now being told to keep watch for scarlet fever by Public Health England, and parents are being told how to spot the symptoms.

The Independent on Sunday reported last year that scarlet fever was one of a number of diseases rife in the Victorian era, along with scurvy, cholera and whooping cough, that have increased since 2010. But doctors say scarlet fever, if treated, is no longer the death sentence it once was, thanks to antibiotics and better hygiene. Experts say it is unclear why it is making a comeback. There is no vaccine.


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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
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  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
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