Friday, October 24, 2014

Number 4.

"A health care worker at the hospital said that Dr. Spencer seemed very sick, and it was unclear to the medical staff why he had not gone to the hospital earlier, since his fever was high."
-The New York Times.

May God keep Craig Spencer.

Dr. Spencer told investigators he could not think of a breach in his Ebola suit that had occurred while he was in west Africa. That's him in his breaches in Belgium above. Looks breachless.

We are assured once again that Ebola is only transmitted..."direct contact"..."bodily fluids"..."object"...but are not reassured that New York City officials had already been trying to contact every single human being Spencer had looked at even before the diagnosis was made a few minutes ago. Those include a fiancee, a bowling party and whomever he might have had contact with in some "Uber," some vehicle I don't know what the hell it is. Why? WHY ARE THEY DOING THAT IF EBOLA IS ONLY TRANSMITTED..."DIRECT CONTACT"..."BODILY FLUIDS"..."OBJECT"? Huh? Causes distrust. Could cause "hysteria."

Good news though!  #3, Amber Vinson, is now Ebola-free as is #2, Nina Pham, and Nina's dog "Bentley."

Four.


New York City and Doctors Without Borders physician Craig Spencer has tested positive for the Ebola virus. Spencer was just back from west Africa.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Islam Has Bloody Borders.


Above the unforgettable scene of the Prophet Mohammad performing cunnilingus in the acclaimed documentary on his life Innocence of Muslims.

"American Slave" Jumps White House Fence, Nabbed by American Dogs.

Dominic Adesanya's linkedin self-description.

Islam Attacks Canada.

The dead terrorist was a recent convert.
Unbeknownst to moi, speaking the lingua franca of Quebec, Islam also murdered a Canadian soldier and injured another in a hit-and-run car attack on October 21.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"And, overshooting all other marks, the arrow passed far and far beyond sight. Af the last it fell; and where it touched earth, there broke out a stream which presently became a River, whose nature, by our Lord's beneficence, and that merit He acquired ere He freed himself, is that whoso bathes in it washes away all taint and speckle of sin."

"Where is that river?"

Canadian Parliament Shooting.

Two or more gunmen began firing outside Parliament in Ottawa, entered and continued shooting. One of the gunmen was shot and killed as was a Canadian soldier. A guard at Parliament Hill was wounded. No motive now.

Police Shooting of Michael Brown.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_e98a4ce0-c284-57c9-9882-3fb7df75fef6.html#.VEcXQFLUqWk.twitter

The official autopsy on Michael Brown shows that he was shot in the hand at close range, according to an analysis of the findings by two experts not involved directly in the case.
...
A source with knowledge of [Ofcr. Darren] Wilson’s statements said the officer had told investigators that Brown had struggled for Wilson’s pistol inside a police SUV and that Wilson had fired the gun twice, hitting Brown once in the hand. Later, Wilson fired additional shots that killed Brown and ignited a national controversy.

The St. Louis medical examiner, Dr. Michael Graham, who is not part of the official investigation, reviewed the autopsy report for the newspaper. He said Tuesday that it “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car.”

Graham said the examination indicated a shot traveled from the tip of Brown’s right thumb toward his wrist. The official report notes an absence of stippling, powder burns around a wound that indicate a shot fired at relatively short range.

But Graham said, “Sometimes when it’s really close, such as within an inch or so, there is no stipple, just smoke.” ["Smoke?" That whole statement is wrong. You see stippling or powder tattooing on the skin around a gunshot wound when a shot is close-range. In a contact wound the gunshot residue goes into the wound.]

The report on a supplemental microscopic exam of tissue from the thumb wound showed foreign matter “consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm.” [That is what you would find. That is consistent with a contact wound.]

Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco, said the autopsy “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.” ["In the wound." That is correct. And that evidence would "support the fact" that Brown was reaching for Wilson's gun.] She added, “If he has his hand near the gun when it goes off, he’s going for the officer’s gun.” [That is a step too far.]

Sources told the Post-Dispatch that Brown’s blood had been found on Wilson’s gun.

Melinek also said the autopsy did not support witnesses who have claimed Brown was shot while running away from Wilson, or with his hands up.


She said Brown was facing Wilson when Brown took a shot to the forehead, two shots to the chest and a shot to the upper right arm. The wound to the top of Brown’s head would indicate he was falling forward or in a lunging position toward the shooter; the shot was instantly fatal.

A sixth shot that hit the forearm traveled from the back of the arm to the inner arm, which means Brown’s palms could not have been facing Wilson, as some witnesses have said, Melinek said. That trajectory shows Brown probably was not taking a standard surrender position with arms above the shoulders and palms out when he was hit, she said. [Dr. Melinek is not quoted here and I am not going to take the reporter's summary of what she said. I would need to see the autopsy report and the body diagram and then hear Melinek's exact statement. I will say that medical examiners do not say evidence "means" one shooting scenario is correct, they will say that their findings are "consistent" with a proffered scenario. Medical examiners are particularly reluctant to go there with a part of the body that is so movable, like, as here, an arm.]

That post mortem, conducted the morning after Brown’s death, comports in most ways with the findings of a private autopsy arranged by Brown’s family and made public Aug. 18.

In that one, Dr. Michael M. Baden, a nationally known forensic pathologist, said none of Brown’s wounds appeared to have been from shots fired at close range. [Baden's autopsy findings and the findings of the official autopsy are diametrically opposed on the crucial issue of the range of fire.]

Baden noted then that there was no gunshot residue on the body, so it appeared to him that the muzzle of the weapon was at least one or two feet away. He said, “It could have been 30 feet away.”[Correct, unless it was a contact wound in which case you wouldn't see gunshot residue on the body, you would find it in the body, along the wound track, which they did according to the above.]
...
The official autopsy also confirmed that tissue from Brown was found on the exterior of the driver’s side of Wilson’s vehicle.

“Someone got an injury that tore off skin and left it on the car,” Graham said. “That fits with everything else that came out. There’s blood in the car, now skin on the car, that shows something happened right there.” [That is what that would mean.]

The Day.

Weird day here. Most-read post by far: http://publicoccurrenc.blogspot.com/2014/02/blog-post.html?m=1. How far? 36 pageviews; #2, October 21 Ebola post, 3. And all those 36 from readers, I assume plural, in France, which makes France #2 in pageviews-by-country today, unsurprisingly. Vive la France. The four countries in double-figures today (midnight UTC, ~1:45 ago):

USA, 44.
France, 38.
Germany, 11.
Japan, 10.

Sayonara.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

America's City Upon a Hill.

Topographical map of Monticello. Mulberry Row slave quarters to right.

Access routes, slave and white.

Monticello as it looked in 1870.

Made nice and shiny for Americans today.




The great Republican withdrawn, separated, isolated, above all.



Do you know there is not a single goddamned entry in the entire googleverse for "psychology of Thomas Jefferson?" That guy was cracked, man: Martha Jefferson was his third cousin--By the way, try finding out something about Martha. Nothing! No pic, no writing, nothing by TJ on her, NOTHING!--Martha's dad knocked up Sally Hemings slave mom, making Sally and Martha half-sisters; Sally and Martha looked alike; slave Sally came with Martha to TJ as part of her dowry; Martha died after the birth of a child, made TJ promise never to remarry, TJ inconsolable at Martha's death, well not quite, has Martha-look-alike slave-Sally move into White House; 37-year relationship with slave-Martha-look-alike-Sally; knocks Sally up; never manumits Sally even in his will!; never manumits their children in his life; writes "All men created equal," very Christian; was not a Christian, was an Epicurean; arch-Republican; conflict-averse; not so conflict-averse that he didn't own 600 slaves, approve whipping his own slaves (by others, of course); not so conflict averse that he didn't disapprove, Mao-like, violence (by others, of course) of French Revolution "Terror;" approved "terror" (by others, of course) of selling own frisky slaves into Deep South as "example" to the others; designed and built Monticello on top of a mountain, above and withdrawn from the world; ingenious use of topography to keep slaves on Mulberry Row out of sight, out of mind; ingenious use of tunnels, dumbwaiters, false doors to keep downstairs slaves out of sight out of mind of upstairs Sage and guests. Lived a lie his entire goddamned life.

No! Nothing to write about on Jefferson's psychology! Guy was an open book.

America was created by Thomas Jefferson. His psyche is our psyche. And we have lived his lies. We have white-washed his history, denied it, suppressed it, censored it. The American "City on a Hill?" It's Monticello.

Image: the only known likeness of Martha Jefferson.

"43 people are off Ebola watch list in US, over 200 still on the list."-ABC News.


Monday, October 20, 2014

The Genius of Thomas Jefferson.


Slave tunnel under Monticello.



“Never did a man achieve more fame for what he did not do.”

Jefferson lived a lie. America was founded upon his words, written in his hand. "How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?" The Declaration of Independence is America's birth certificate and it is a lie. The "genius" of Thomas Jefferson lies in how he was able to keep starkly opposite thoughts, beliefs and actions in one person. Jefferson had a genius for lying.

"We Need More Hospitals Equipped to Treat Ebola, NIH's Fauci Tells Meet the Press."-NBC


We Want Fauci! We Want Fauci! 




Out With Flounder! Out With Flounder!

The Day.*

-Violent Clashes Erupt Near Pumpkin Festival.-NBC News.

-Gunfire Exchanged on Korean Boundary.-New York Times.

-Obama Makes Rare Campaign Appearance, People Leave Early.-Yahoo News.

*Updated 1:19 am UTC:

-First sexual act to reproduce committed by ancient Scottish fish-Express.

Ebola Deadline Passes!*

Sundown in Dallas, Texas, USA is 6:49 pm which means unless there is some cruelly late bad news, the 48 initial people who were quarantined for 21 days have made it symptom-free and Ebola-free!

*Update, 7:06 pm Dallas time. According to dfw.com 14 people were cleared Saturday night. And the remaining 34 will be cleared by midnight, less than five hours from now. Swine.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jefferson and Mao.

It has been the mortified opinion, frequently expressed, of this son of the American Revolution that there was insufficient just cause for...the Revolution. And that the Founding Fathers were nuts.

Said opinion and accompanying mortification came about quite accidentally and naturally in the course of this here writer's general reading, he did not perform a Google search for "things that will mortify me," he recollects that it began with reading Professor Gordon Wood's book which he has at the moment done forgot the name of* but really became fixed when he actually, like, read the Declaration of Independence written by the Sage of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson. The undersigned was embarrassed.

However, even previous to his paradigm shift the undersigned did not have an unalloyed opinion of Mr. Jefferson. It was alloyed. Some lead there. Slave-holder, Sally Hemings and then his words in the now debased Dec. of Ind. Saul Padover's biography was hagiography, he could see that and he regretted buying it.

Never though, never, I say, did the undersigned think that Thomas Jefferson had read Quotations from Chairman Mao, even now he thinks that unlikely, or could have written some of the "good parts" of the little red book. However the parallels between some of the good parts of the writing of each were so striking (mortifyingly so) that the undersigned did perform a Google search "Thomas Jefferson and Mao Zedong." Me thought maybe Maoie plagiarized. Honestly. The sentiments expressed, so cold, brutal, were so similar, the particular words used were sometimes identical, the undersigned thought perhaps peut etre Maoie had read Tommy. This writer's Google search turned up no evidence of plagiarism by Mao. There was only one serious-sounding search result, a PhD thesis by a John Prindle Stead entitled The Roots of Democracy in Thomas Jefferson and Mao Tse-tung but the undersigned can't read it on account of it's not, like, in print. The undersigned may attempt to find and contact John Prindle Stead. Or he may not. Only so much mortification a body can take.

*The Idea of America.

Monticello Mao.

"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."

"God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion...What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

"I considered [the French Jacobins] as the same with the Republican patriots..." 

"It was necessary to use the arm of the people, a machine not quite so blind as balls and bombs, but blind to a certain degree. A few of their cordial friends met at their hands, the fate of enemies."

"...[R]ather than [the French Revolution] should have failed, I would have seen half the earth desolated. Were there but an Adam and an Eve left in every country, and left free, it would be better than as it now is."

"Revolution is no crime, to rebel is justified."

“In the worst case [of general nuclear war], half the people would die, but the other half would survive, and … imperialism would be wiped off the face of the earth, and the whole world would become socialist,”
"Beijing is too civilized! I would say there is not a great deal of disorder ... To the unfolding of nationwide all-round civil war!"

"Bombard the Headquarters." 

“I’m not afraid of nuclear war. There are 2.7 billion people in the world; it doesn’t matter if some are killed. China has a population of 600 million; even if half of them are killed, there are still 300 million people left.”

First five quotes, Thomas Jefferson; last five, Mao Zedong.

Sporting News.

Scholars at University of Notre Dame du lac, 5th ranked in the country, lost to the Florida State "Seminoles," #2 this week when the "Fighting Scholarly Irishmen" stalled at the FSU 2 yard line.

The Alabama "Harvey Updykes," number 7, squeaked by the Texas A&M "Rick Perry's, #21, 59-0. Poor A&M, they have lost three in a row, to then #12, now #1 Mississippi State, to #3 Mississippi, and now to #7 Alabama. Mississippi State did not play this week.

In the other football game, Kun Aguero scored 4 times as God's Angels in Sky Blue defeated the Tottenham "Bird Perched on a Ball," 4-1. Evil Chelsea beat Child Porn 2-1 and the Arsenal "Popguns" dropped two more points in salvaging a stoppage time draw with worthy Hull City. Arsene Wenger did not punch anybody out today. Which is good. Arsenal is 6th in the table but only 2 points out of their coveted and customary 4th place. Chevrolet United of Manchester who have been playing very well of late and sit 5th in the table, play at #14 West Bromwich Albion but not until Monday. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mr. President, when does Ron Klain start?

"Ebola lapses persisted for days at Dallas hospital."-Washington Times.


"More than 100 monitored for Ebola symptoms in Ohio."-Detroit Free Press.


"Ebola fears: Airline contacts 800 passengers; Belize blocks travel."-CNN.


Hong Kong Protests.

The kids retook Mong Kok and last night there was violence. Fifteen cops and "dozens" of protesters injured as well as 26 arrests per Telegraph.

Remarks on "Remarks of President Barack Obama. Weekly Address, October 18, 2014."

"...meeting a public health challenge like this isn't just a job for government."

Have you noticed that nothing is ever "just a job for government" with this guy? He means it isn't just HIS job--and if the bird hits the air pump it's not HIS fault. No matter what it is he has to get a coalition of "partners" involved, to spread responsibility. He will not simply ACT.

 "All of us-citizens, leaders, the media-have a responsibility and a role to play.  This is a serious disease, but we can't give in to hysteria or fear..."

I, "citizen," blogger ("media"), I have failed the president because I have given in to hysteria. See? And because I and other citizens and pencils have failed the president he has named Ron Klaim as Minister of Propoganda Ebola Czar: to counter the hysteria, to get the "right" message out, which message is below, and to keep us "on message." See?

"We have to remember the basic facts."

Message:

"First, what we're seeing now is not an "outbreak" or an "epidemic..." 

It doesn't seem this would be classified as an "epidemic," that seems to be true. It's not an "outbreak," though? It would seem this is an outbreak. But, even if it's not, the president doesn't say then what it IS. What would he call this? What do the experts call it?

"To date, we've seen three cases..."

 Good point. Yes, three cases, only three cases. In under a month. 

"Now, even one infection is too many.  At the same time, we have to keep this in perspective.  As our public health experts point out, every year thousands of Americans die from the flu."

Good point. According to CDC flu kills about 30,000 Americans on average each year http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5933a1.htm, and like Ebola influenza has no cure. Ebola has killed ONE in the U.S. but Ebola just got here. The "government" is as PREPARED for flu season as the state of the art allows it to be, and the government has prepared Americans, who are hyper-aware, hyper-prepared for flu, every drug store reminds us that "It's flu season" and "Get your shots!" The average flu death toll in the United States is as low as it reasonably can be at this stage of medical science.

How many people have died from Ebola worldwide in 2014? More than 4,500 but that is still 1/7th the flu death toll just in the United States. 

What is the mortality rate for the two viruses? Wouldn't that be an important statistic also since Ebola just arrived in the U.S.? According to Wikipedia: 

"The [Ebola] disease has a high risk of death, killing between 25% and 90% of those infected with the virus (average is 50%)." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_disease.

And influenza's mortality rate in the U.S.? 6.15% according to the same CDC study cited above.

"...Ebola is actually a difficult disease to catch It's not transmitted through the air like the flu.  You cannot get it from just riding on a plane or a bus.  The only way that a person can contract the disease is by coming into direct contact with the bodily fluids of somebody who is already showing symptoms."

That's his message and he's sticking to it. That's the CDC's message also and it is close to the World Health Organization's message. This is what has bugged me all throughout this Ebola thing in the U.S.: Then why are you tracking all the airline passengers? All the cruise ship passengers? Unless Amber Vinson joined the "mile-high club" or spit into somebody's mouth on her Dallas-Cleveland round-trip nobody on those flights could have had "direct contact with her bodily fluids." The "government," Barack Obama's government, is speaking one way and acting another. That is why there is so much mistrust, that is why there is "hysteria."

Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address The White House October 18, 2014

The undersigned here provides brief abstract to his own "Remarks," which he's workin' on, on the above "Remarks." As a Doctor of Law I cite to the authority of my esteemed colleague My Cousin Vinnie and say, "Everything that guy just said, it's all bullshit."
Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
October 18, 2014
Today, I want to take a few minutes to speak with you-directly and clearly-about Ebola: what we're doing about it, and what you need to know.  Because meeting a public health challenge like this isn't just a job for government.  All of us-citizens, leaders, the media-have a responsibility and a role to play.  This is a serious disease, but we can't give in to hysteria or fear-because that only makes it harder to get people the accurate information they need.  We have to be guided by the science.  We have to remember the basic facts.
First, what we're seeing now is not an "outbreak" or an "epidemic" of Ebola in America.  We're a nation of more than 300 million people.  To date, we've seen three cases of Ebola diagnosed here-the man who contracted the disease in Liberia, came here and sadly died; the two courageous nurses who were infected while they were treating him.  Our thoughts and our prayers are with them, and we're doing everything we can to give them the best care possible.  Now, even one infection is too many.  At the same time, we have to keep this in perspective.  As our public health experts point out, every year thousands of Americans die from the flu.
Second, Ebola is actually a difficult disease to catch.  It's not transmitted through the air like the flu.  You cannot get it from just riding on a plane or a bus.  The only way that a person can contract the disease is by coming into direct contact with the bodily fluids of somebody who is already showing symptoms.  I've met and hugged some of the doctors and nurses who've treated Ebola patients.  I've met with an Ebola patient who recovered, right in the Oval Office.  And I'm fine.
Third, we know how to fight this disease.  We know the protocols.  And we know that when they're followed, they work.  So far, five Americans who got infected with Ebola in West Africa have been brought back to the United States-and all five have been treated safely, without infecting healthcare workers. 
And this week, at my direction, we're stepping up our efforts.  Additional CDC personnel are on the scene in Dallas and Cleveland.  We're working quickly to track and monitor anyone who may have been in close contact with someone showing symptoms.  We're sharing lessons learned so other hospitals don't repeat the mistakes that happened in Dallas.  The CDC's new Ebola rapid response teams will deploy quickly to help hospitals implement the right protocols.  New screening measures are now in place at airports that receive nearly all passengers arriving from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.  And we'll continue to constantly review our measures, and update them as needed, to make sure we're doing everything we can to keep Americans safe.
Finally, we can't just cut ourselves off from West Africa, where this disease is raging.  Our medical experts tell us that the best way to stop this disease is to stop it at its source-before it spreads even wider and becomes even more difficult to contain.  Trying to seal off an entire region of the world-if that were even possible-could actually make the situation worse.  It would make it harder to move health workers and supplies back and forth.  Experience shows that it could also cause people in the affected region to change their travel, to evade screening, and make the disease even harder to track.
So the United States will continue to help lead the global response in West Africa.  Because if we want to protect Americans from Ebola here at home, we have to end it over there.  And as our civilian and military personnel serve in the region, their safety and health will remain a top priority.
As I've said before, fighting this disease will take time.  Before this is over, we may see more isolated cases here in America.  But we know how to wage this fight.  And if we take the steps that are necessary, if we're guided by the science-the facts, not fear-then I am absolutely confident that we can prevent a serious outbreak here in the United States, and we can continue to lead the world in this urgent effort.
Obama says I'm being hysterical. :(

Nina Pham's condition, once "good" is now "fair" after trip to Bethesda.

She's "resting comfortably" though. Don't treat it as non-comprehending sheep. We're familiar with that hospital-speak terminology. "Fair" is not as good as "good." Her condition has deteriorated. 

The Day.

-Gasoline prices are at their lowest levels in four years. In the United States, the fall is partly due to increased energy production, the Marcellus shale natural gas boom.

-The chaplain of the University of Oklahoma tackle football team has been arrested for stealing prescription drugs, Oxycodone and Hydrocodone.

-Posts. Old. Read:
http://publicoccurrenc.blogspot.com/2002/10/importance-of-being-earnest.html,
http://publicoccurrenc.blogspot.com/2004/09/people-who-talk-in-metaphors-can.html