Fox News is jumping for joy over the Ebola outbreak. No joke, it’s as though, prayers have been answered and now their job of scaring the bejesus out of their low information audience has become that much easier… Using fear to indoctrinate people to vote against their own best interest is a Fox News trademark. That’s why they’re on the air, that’s why their advertisers pay huge sums of money to blast their products into the living rooms of the average ill-advised Fox viewer. Fear works, always has, always will. Facts don’t matter when fear is in the air and what better tool than the possibility of a pandemic or plague lurking in the shadows. We’ve all read the history and saw documentaries on what happened during the horrible black plague epidemics… (that is, those that were historically recorded.)
Plague of Justinian (First recorded outbreak)
This article concerns the worldwide pandemic starting in 541, with a focus on material available from European records and accounts. For detailed information on the most commonly accepted cause of the disease, see bubonic plague.
The Plague of Justinian (541–542) is the first known pandemic on record, and it also marks the first firmly recorded pattern of bubonic plague. It is comparable to the Black Death of the 14th century. In the context of the 6th century, it was nearly worldwide in scope, striking central and south Asia, North Africa and Arabia, and Europe as far north as Denmark and west to Ireland. The plague would return with each generation throughout the Mediterranean basin until about 750. The plague would have a major impact on the future course of European history. Modern historians named it after Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I, who was in power at the time.
The outbreak may have originated in Ethiopia or Egypt and moved northward until it reached the large city of Constantinople. The city imported massive amounts of grain to feed its citizens—mostly from Egypt—and grain ships may have been the original source of contagion, with the massive public granaries nurturing the rat and flea population.
The Byzantine historian Procopius records that, at its peak, the plague was killing 10,000 people in Constantinople every day…
Medical History — Plagues and Epidemics
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Since the fall of the Western Roman Empire, there have been three major bubonic plague epidemics, which afflicted large segments of the population in the continuous Eurasian landmass and North Africa. Death quickly followed the trade routes of the times. The death toll is almost incomprehensible. The Plague of Justinian (6th Century A.D.), the Black Death (14th Century A.D.), and the Bubonic Plague (1665-1666, which coincided with the Great Fire of London) caused an estimated 137 million dead in a world much more sparsely populated than it is today… MORE HERE: http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20045
Ok, these were dreadful, extreme cataclysmic human events and they are quite intimidating to those who might stumble across the historical facts but we live in a different world today, we have science and technology on our side. Pandemics are possible but not to the intensity of those occurring in yesteryear. People did not feel in charge back then even the learned ones were under-par when it came to dealing with microbes.
So please equip yourself with the facts and stay away from Fox News because this TV channel and anything or anyone associated with it, can be as deadly as any disease that might come down the proverbial pike.thinkingblue
“I’m tired of this back-slappin’ “isn’t humanity neat” bullshit. We’re a virus with shoes.”
~ Bill Hicks~
Bill O’Reilly Goes Off The Rails On Ebola And ISIS In Another Fearmongering Rant
Bill O’Reilly does his best to help Republicans with more fearmongering over Ebola and ISIS in yet another over the top rant this Monday night.
WARNING! This may make you puke…
The right wing needs to keep their base worked up into a frenzy and in a constant state of panic leading up to the midterm elections to be sure they’re animated and afraid enough to come out and vote against the evil Democrats who supposedly don’t care if you’re killed by the Ebola virus, or by the ISIS terrorists they claim are crossing our southern border.
Bill O’Reilly did his best to help them along during his Talking Points Memo this Monday night, and demanded that the CDC Director Tom Frieden step down. Bill-O accused him of lying to the public about the Ebola virus, continued to demand that we ban all flights from West Africa, even though we know that won’t stop everyone infected with the disease from making it into the United States. He also used the occasion where he’s pretending that we can’t trust the government to tell us the truth about anything to attack President Obama for his handling of ISIS as well.
This is what we get to look forward to from all of the pundits on Faux “news” until the midterms are over at the soonest, or when Republicans get control of the government again at the latest. Expect the screeching from the likes of O’Reilly and his ilk to get particularly loud over the next few weeks.
Here’s a partial transcript of this Monday’s ravings from Fox’s blog:
Bill O’Reilly tonight called for the resignation of CDC Director Tom Frieden, who he said is not being forthcoming about the threat of Ebola.
“The Factor” host said it’s “very worrisome” that Nina Pham, a 26-year-old nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, has been diagnosed with Ebola even though she was wearing protective gear.
O’Reilly reiterated that “there is no compelling reason why West Africans should be admitted to the USA” amid this epidemic, calling it a national security issue. He said that a new NBC News poll found that 58 percent also believe there should be a ban on flights from West African countries into the U.S.
O’Reilly’s team has asked Frieden a number of times to appear on “The Factor,” but O’Reilly said he won’t because he’s afraid.
“He knows that I know he’s not being candid, that he is spinning the situation and not being forthcoming about how the disease is being spread. Frieden should resign.”
O’Reilly said that it is “stupid and irresponsible” to believe that civilian airport employees can spot Ebola that is dormant.
“It’s a dumb and dangerous ruse, and Freiden is the chief propagandist,” he said.
O’Reilly said he’s just asking for common sense, which the Obama administration is rejecting. “But I will predict tonight, they will soon reverse course,” he said.
“The Factor” host also touched on reports that U.S. bombing is not stopping the advance of ISIS.
“All of us who see things clearly knew that was going to be the case. I believe President Obama also knew that was going to be the case, but would not tell the American people,” O’Reilly said.
According to O’Reilly, Obama has created the myth that somehow, a 60-nation coalition – that is basically doing nothing – will defeat ISIS.
“The BS has to stop,” he said.