Tuesday, 21 October 2014

08:21 – I’m taking some time off writing today to do kit stuff. We’re low on biology kits, and I need to bottle another 60 sets of a dozen or so chemicals.

The good news is that Ebola has been stopped in Nigeria, no thanks to either CDC or WHO, but due entirely to Doctors Without Borders and local doctors and nurses. The bad news is that Ebola continues to rage in the three countries at the heart of this outbreak, with the best estimates forecasting a peak in the next few months of 10,000+ new cases per week. And the federal authorities continue to insist that Ebola is not airborne-transmissible, despite the fact that it’s been known for 25 years to be transmitted via the droplets expelled when an infected person sneezes or coughs. See the Reston Monkey Virus incident in 1989, which involved the original Zaire strain of Ebola.


20 thoughts on “Tuesday, 21 October 2014”

  1. Suck it vegans! 😉

    Vegetarians and vegans may be harming their chance of having children after a study found that men who do not eat meat have significantly reduced sperm counts.

  2. A question to our vegan and vegetarian friends:

    If eating animals is evil, or unhealthy why do they taste so good?

  3. A comedian once said he was a strict meatetarian because he couldn’t stand the slaughter of innocent plant life 🙂

  4. Yeah, it’s Fairpoint up here; we have them for our landline and internet access. Still on the town hall’s wireless today and it’s working pretty well and fast. I spent another hour on hold yesterday afternoon and got the runaround for the nth time. Will try again today, and rinse and repeat…

    “…the scope of the acquisition (and the huge debt Fairpoint signed off on) resulted in bankruptcy, service disruption and layoffs despite job growth promises made at the time. ”

    This would explain a lot; the tech support people told me that customer service was very shorthanded and backlogged.

    In our case we simply wanted to switch from a residence account to a biz account and it’s been a total clusterfuck since then with no one apparently knowing what they’re doing at the place. A few days after we made this normally mundane request they shut off our internet and now no one can evidently be found to turn it back on. I got the biz office yesterday finally and they tried to get me to pay our current bill, WTF? We’re up to date on the bill and it gets deducted from one of our cards every month. And that’s been what it’s like; shunted from one office to another with hours of crappy New Age background muzak while on hold, not even Barry Manilow!

    Overcast with drizzle again today.

  5. And some thoughts and information on our rotten Prussian/Puritan miss-education system and what would be fah bettuh:

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/the-more-things-change-the-more-they-remain-the-same/

    In other nooz, IBM did finally sell its chip fab operations to Global Foundries, down in upstate Vampire State. $1.5 billion to GF just to get it off their hands. Unknown how this will affect the 4,000 or so still-working IBM’ers up here. And I see where blonde engineer ditz and CEO-promoted-beyond-her-level-of-competency Ginni is talking nonsense of how they’re gonna link up with new young startups and the cloud and so on and so on, several mag cover stories out there now. She’ll destroy it like wassername chopped HP, which is now cut in two, literally. Carly Fiorina, yeah, that’s who it was.

    And in still other wunnerful nooz, the top VA officials are bailing like rats with their bennies and golden parachutes intact, so as to avoid being fired. Sweet. Don’t forget: fuck the vet.

  6. Vegetarians and vegans may be harming their chance of having children after a study found that men who do not eat meat have significantly reduced sperm counts.

    The hundreds of millions of Indian Hindu vegetarians tend to disprove that assertion.

    Rick, the omnivore in Portland

  7. The hundreds of millions of Indian Hindu vegetarians tend to disprove that assertion.

    Maybe they’re “sneaking” a cow now and then.

  8. Yeah, or like the Mooch, a nice fat greasy triple-bacon-blue-cheeseburger with The Works.

    I note also that Princess down here manages to stay over 200 pounds on her vegan diet. But you should see her portions! And I note that she’ll snag any of our stuff here, like doughnuts or pies or cookies, too.

    I’m now at 245, having lost 30 pounds over the past year. I was feeling bloated and getting recurring lower back pain; all gone now.

  9. I’m now at 245, having lost 30 pounds over the past year. I was feeling bloated and getting recurring lower back pain; all gone now.

    Nice, Mr. OFD. Keep it up.

    And more proof that our Constitution is toilet paper:

    Holderbama’s crying speech in Wisconsin on how he regrets the ObuttWad admin didn’t enact more gun control. At this point, I don’t believe he even read the Constitution. Juxtapose this with another headline: FBI says hackers stole 500 million financial records. Where is ObuttWad’s priority? Go drone some hackers ObuttWad!

  10. Reminds OFD of them old bumper stickers that said “Mean People Suck.”

    And the reply stickers that said “Nice People Swallow.”

    “Go drone some hackers ObuttWad!”

    This regime was so busy with skool lunch diets, getting us back into the Sandbox, playing golf, and mostly talking chit around the world, that it forgot to ratchet up the gun control stuff. Watch them try to ram through some rubbish in the next couple of years, though.

    They have the technical capability to catch hackers like the clowns who’ve breached the financial records but they apparently choose not to. Food for thought right there. They also had the capability and expertise to be on top of The Ebola Crisis and chose not to, more food for thought. As the former regime factotum who now runs Chicago once said, ‘never waste a good crisis.’

    I know we have an ongoing theory that they’re mainly more stupid and incompetent than outright malicious but I tend in recent years to the latter viewpoint. Maybe I’m just a cynical old soldier/cop fart but there it is.

  11. A comedian once said he was a strict meatetarian because he couldn’t stand the slaughter of innocent plant life

    Jim B, not only is the plant life innocent, killing plants is not sporting.

    The poor vegetables can’t run away and hide the way animals can…

  12. Is everyone ready for a new round of replacement credit cards?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2801495/Staples-investigating-possible-data-breach.html

    I could be cynical, but I think this is the last such announcement of the calendar year.

    Wouldn’t want to hurt Christmas sales because people are waiting for yet another replacement card to be delivered during the Christmas rush. Besides, the ungrateful troglodyte consumers might not spend any money at all at any retailer that announces just how insecure their POS systems are in the middle of a 20% off sale on merchandise that they spent the entire midnight to 8 A.M. shift on October 31/November 1 marking up 25% just for the sale.

    BTW, one of my local mom & pop shop owners refers to his system as a Piece Of Sh*t no matter how many times the salesman from NCR does a face-palm.

  13. @OFD – that’s what I get for posting before my second cup of coffee, not that my Half-heimer’s didn’t contribute too.

  14. “…not that my Half-heimer’s didn’t contribute too.”

    You got that, too? Ain’t it a beotch?

    I don’t drink coffee or tea so nuthin’ helps.

    Like many old farts, I can remember chit from half a century ago in utter clarity and detail but immediately forget what I did or said or had in my hand or meant to do five seconds ago.

    Contractor Guy was here again tonight measuring windows and living room ceiling. Gonna run us a total of $5k for the ceiling and six windows, with another nine windows to go. But we ain’t flipping the house; we aim to be carried outta here, so it’s all good. The guy is a Fox Nooz Network fanboy and thus a phony conservative, i.e., a neocon/Tea Party type, who believes if we vote for a third party candidate, we bust up the chance of, say, the Repubs, winning against the evil Dems. I can’t waste time talking politics with these peeps. They’re lost.

    Anyone who thinks this system is still viable? I want what they’re smokin’.

  15. I want what they’re smokin’.

    You don’t have to smoke it. No inhaling necessary. (Thx & a tip o’ the hat to BJ)

    It’s called uncritical thinking.

    Just go and enroll as a student in any public elementary school. The NEA approved miasma seeps in through your pores…

    After 12 years of exposure, you’ll believe anything anyone who appears to be an authority figure tells you.

  16. How well I know; saw it done to our kids, but they had enough exposure to us over the years to not get totally sucked in.

    BJ was full of chit; he was a known cokehead, some of that time while he was in the WH. The current asswipe has done his share of stuff, too, yet the two of them were death on ordinary schmuck dopers and pot people. That’s called hypocrisy. Writ large.

  17. I propose we send the head of the NIH and the head of the CDC to Nigeria, until such time as they figure out why there are two more cases of Ebola in the US than in Nigeria. Furthermore before they return they must figure out how to make US public health policy as efficient as Nigerian public health policy.

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