Is Stupid Contagious?

You know for the longest time I thought we could contribute the stupidity of the public to over exposure to FOX News, Alex Jones, Glen Beck, Reality TV other such sources…..I never considered that it could be a virus….a stupidity virus?……NO!  I am not joking or making light……there is a for real Stupid virus!.

US researchers have come across a virus that may make us stupider—and it’s turning up in the throats of otherwise-healthy people, the Independent reports. Some 43% of 92 people in a study were found to have the virus. Those affected scored about 10% lower on tests involving visual processing, Science reports; for instance, it took them comparatively longer to draw a line through a numerical sequence on a page. Their attention spans also appeared to be shorter. “There’s more and more studies showing that microorganisms in your body have a bigger influence than anything anyone would have predicted, and this could be something along those lines,” says a researcher.

Known as chlorovirus ATCV-1, the virus typically affects freshwater algae, Healthline reports. Mice infected with the virus subsequently suffered declining scores on similar cognitive tests. The virus, researchers found, managed to cross the blood-brain barrier and take a toll on genes in the mice’s brains. A few things to note, however: More research is needed to see if the virus exists in people outside the Baltimore study area, and even if it is, an outside expert says its effect seems minimal: “If you ask me if I am worried about the existence of this virus, I am not.”

Personally, I believe it is more serious than the researchers say……just watch the news, any news, stupid is approaching a pandemic …….

Thoughts?

Five Crazy Conspiracy Theories About Ebola That Conservatives Actually Believe | Right Wing Watch

God how I love the way that misinformation makes its way into the national conversation……and the stupidity of those that believe it is even more amusing…….

I have been a critic of this whole Ebola crisis…..I have stated that it is nothing more than the media milking a story for every ounce of crap they can glean from it…….

And there are the total bullshit from the Right on this crisis……..there are those that believe each and every one of these fear statements…..

Read and report!

 

Five Crazy Conspiracy Theories About Ebola That Conservatives Actually Believe | Right Wing Watch.

Will There Be An Ebola Blowback?

The US is taking a moment for a deserved long breath.

Now that the fear of Ebola is lessening with each cured person there is the possibility that there could be another form of fear that will take hold.  The fear of people!  Especially if they are from West Africa or are thought to be from that region.

Think back to the days and weeks after the horrendous attacks on 9/11……..there were many attacks on people of the Muslim religion and even some that were attacked because they may have appeared to be Arabic or Middle Eastern.  There were beatings and even a death of two because of the person’s appearance.

Yep, a form of racial profiling.

Now that the US has moved to limit the areas where people can enter the US to 5 airports, most on the east coast and the central states…….and the Right wing wanting all flights from Africa prevented from landing in the US…..this could set up a scenario of panic and distrust..

God forbid that another outbreak (that is a media term) should show its ugly face….an even uglier face will be that of the people in this society.  The radical Right will immediately start looking for a scapegoat and that will be anyone that appears to be from Africa…. not necessarily West Africa….just anyone that appears to be one of the people that brought the disease to our shores.

Since the death of Mr. Duncan there has already been a minor backlash rumblings against Africans, especially in the Dallas, Texas area.

Then in Rome the fear strikes……..

A woman from Guinea has reportedly been attacked by angry bus passengers who told her she was infected by Ebola and had to get off, according to media reports.

The 26-year-old was allegedly beaten by a group of teenagers after they accused her of having the deadly virus.

 “They told me that I had Ebola and that I had to get off the bus,” said Fataomata Sompare, who has been living in Italy for four years.
How long will it be, if the Ebola outbreak continues, that this could become a norm instead of an isolated occurrence?

We Americans have to seem to always blame others for the problems the country endues….we blame the Chinese back in the 1800’s…..we blamed the Irish in the early 1900’s………we blame the Japanese-Americans for Pearl Harbor, we blamed, as I have pointed out, Arab-Americans for 9/11, thanks to Al-Qaeda Americans are suspicious of every Mosque and now with the Ebola on a tear it is only a matter of time before we blame African-Americans, especially first generation,  for the problems the disease is causing..

With Americans propensity for hate how long will not be before we go in search of a scapegoat?  An Ebola scapegoat.

Ebola: Why Not Ask Real Questions?

Opinion from Chuq’s Desk:

 

Okay, enough is enough!  We have been bombarded with everything Ebola and most of it is worthless full and fodder.  America’s paranoia is running at a fever’s pitch.

I will bow to social convention and join the Ebola conversation….most will probably appreciate my direction of this post…..but hey….they can just get over it, right?

Now everyone can take a deep breath…..Nigeria is damn near Ebola free (for now…..Senegal is getting pretty damn close and now for the US…….we had some cases….nothing like West Africa but if you listened to your butt monkeys that you elected …we had an epidemic……

To what purpose is the MSM fixation on the Ebola outbreak?  I mean really?  We get lots of horror stories but little useful information.  We got every little political toad that ever wanted to be on TV got to say something of which little was accurate……but we Americans listened and we panicked….it is what we do……

Is what the media is doing a public service?  To me it is bordering on sensationalism.  At what point will it be considered fanning the flames of hysteria?  Is there a saturation point?  Just what is the point of this overreaction? Or would it be over-reporting?

Yes, Ebola is a horrific disease and yes there is a necessity for accurate information…usable information……but do we really need all this filler that is bordering on the psychotic?

So far I have seen little on the control and the cure and a whole bunch of typical bullsh*t that serves NO purpose other than to increase the panic.  Oh wait!  We have a new Ebola Czar……a position that may not be needed…..but what the Hell….it gives politicos something to use in their election ads.

Apparently the public carves a good dose of fear…….and this situation is feeding that hunger even though it appears the worst of this situation may be behind us………..

When will this end?

My guess it will lessen around November 5th…..or shortly after the votes are counted the situation will NO longer be needed..

Finally, just what is this Ebola overkill really accomplishing?

Questions………..  Answers needed.

If anyone was a good answer please share………

I am listening!

Oh My God………Could I Have Ebola?

The media and politicians have turned Americans into hypochondriacs….if they sneeze more than twice they may have the Ebola virus…..

I have tried to calm the fears of people……but alas….it has done NO good……..

Time for Americans to get a grip!  This Ebola situation is an prime example of why if ever there would be an ‘end of life event’ the American public will NOT be told about it.

STOP listening to bullshit and……..

Answer ONE question!  (Maybe this Vox graphic will help)………..

 

 

Ebola: Outbreak We Ignored

Yep, another post about Ebola!  I mean why not?  The whole damn country has gone bat shit crazy over the virus and I just did not want to be left out.

The public is borderline psychotic because there are a couple of people that have contracted the disease…….and then there is the media…..it is doing everything possible to keep the public crying for more….more….more…..to the point of offering up live pics of a patient walking in a hazmat suit….now that kept me on the edge of my seat for the 15 minutes it took to walk from ambulance to hospital door……

Back in August the first words of the virus came out of West Africa and from that point forward it has been front page news……and the lead story once an American got the disease and once they came back home it went into bat crap crazy mode from then until now……

There is a funny (in reality not so funny) thing that happened back in July of this year……….

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa shows no signs of slowing, having killed at least 4,447. Elsewhere in Africa, however, another outbreak of the virus is quietly winding down. It’s believed a different strain of Ebola first appeared in the Democratic Republic of Congo in late July: A pregnant woman who likely contracted it while butchering wild game died on Aug. 11 in the village of Ikanamongo, the Guardian reports. Though the virus spread, killing 49 of 69 known patients by the AP’s count, the last known case was reported some three weeks ago. The World Health Organization is now on the verge of declaring the outbreak fully contained—thanks in part to a speedy response.

A team headed by Jean-Jacques Muyembe was first on the scene. Muyembe, who responded to the first known outbreak in the country in 1976, saw the importance of keeping the virus from spreading to urban areas—which it has now done in the West African outbreak. However, as the mostly isolated DRC has seen at least seven Ebola outbreaks since 1976 and genetic testing reveals the latest strain is 99.2% similar to one that appeared in 1995, the country was well-prepared, LiveScience reports. Before this year, an outbreak had never occurred in Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone, where civil conflict, a distrust of government, and well-connected towns and cities have helped Ebola spread

Ebola was a story that stirred some interest but once the American contracted the disease then it became the wrath of God….before that it was just some ‘typical’ tropical disease that only natives would get.

Sadly the first outbreak went unnoticed basically because it did not effect Americans…but once one of our own is so afflicted then it is balls to the walls and be damned if anyone gets in our way.  In other words our typical overreaction.