In more Ebola news:http://nypost.com/2014/10/16/alarm-after-vomiting-passenger-dies-on-flight-from-nigeria-to-jfk/
Dude flies from Nigeria to Mordor on the Potomac, vomits repeatedly into his seat and dies mid-flight.
CDC arrives and in minutes after a cursory inspection.... "nope, no Ebola here. Move along people, move along."
I dunno, I'm not an infectious disease expert, but does EVERYONE who dies from Ebola look like a cast extra from 28 Days Later
? Or can it be more benign and still lethal? And can you tell after observation with the mark-1 eyeball and then release 100+ potential infectious vectors into contact with thousands more people in the middle of one of the biggest travel hubs in the world?
Not that I'm advocating in favor of government detention... but when government says it has the authority and wisdom to detain due to contagion, and they don't even do it for an hour or two to run a proper lab sample, or take a freakin' blood sample to a boring old microscope? I understand the Ebola virus is rather large and distinct-looking, and easily seen in a microscope... I had a microscope as a kid, I'm sure a CDC response team must have one in their kit; it's a simple tool and very portable.
Yay, government! You go, guys! Bang-up job.
Chest bump for government:
And yet I worry also, in another direction. Government is seeing that the public doesn't want any more wars. Doesn't want many of its programs. Doesn't want more of its lies. And isn't scared of the newest bugaboo, ISIS. So, it's time for a new boogeyman that we are all supposed to be afraid of, the Plague. Only checkpoints and searches and detentions and renditions will save us.
So we get deliberate stoooooopid failures like this, that introduce more infection vectors. Until we have hundreds of confirmed cases, and thousands of new carriers. Then we get VIPR teams catching sick drivers on the Interstates, and mandatory blood samples for international flights, and elimination of amateur private flight with no health screening (so we might as well screen for everything else as well, after all we're the government and we're here to help!). And mandatory Ebola-free cards we have to carry around in public, only authorized to be distributed by medical facilities that play ball with internetworked EHR systems that report all health conditions to the government. Cash-only, non-HIPAA medical provider cleared you of Ebola? So sorry, he's not authorized to give you an interzone transport card.