Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Nexus of Ebola, Ferguson, and Economic Collapse

Because Matt is so cool about it, Ol' Backwoods posts below a substantial quotation from the piece:
And this begs the question, what happens when 1 or 2% of a city have died: who will go to work? People will self-quarantine at home and the economy will crash. And what about the police, fire fighters, EMTs, and hospital crews? What about the crews down at your local power plant, or food distribution center? Think they will all become Mother Teresas, martyring alongside the lepers for the greater good? Think they will not stay home? 
But even in the resulting economic crash, unfairness will be ferreted out. Is it fair that some people have prepared, and have several months-worth of food on hand? Is that fair, when the supermarkets were all looted in the general panic, and there have been no more food deliveries, and the EBT system is not functioning? Is it fair that some, who have prepared, will be able to simply ride out the Ebola pandemic to boot? 
So the already latently violent among the starving will be very motivated to come out and play. Starving goblins, millions of them. What about the goblins who may think they have already contracted Ebola, and have a week until they die? Or if they believe they will certainly contract the deadly virus soon? And what if they firmly believe by then that Ebola was a CIA/Mossad plot to wipe out Africans and people of African ancestry? 
Many American blacks are already angry. What happens to that anger when the epidemic strikes them? What happens when Ebola comes to Ferguson, USA, across most of the fifty states? Already brainwashed to a near fever-pitch of racial anger by professional agitators, it is my fear that after the plague hits they will then become super-beyond-belief pissed, and eager to share their case of Ebola with any white overlords and oppressors who come in range as their final act. 
If you thought you were going to die in a week, most painfully and horribly, and you already had a giant hate-on for whitey, what might you do as some of your very final acts upon this earth? What will flash mobs of people that angry do? For just one example, home invasions in search of food and perceived retribution, will explode. 
Talk about your perfect social storms? 
No, worse.
Talk about your zombie apocalypse.
I’ll say it again:
Alas, Brave New Babylon.
Indeed.  I think the first Ebola patient that is seriously symptomatic at a major hospital in any given large American city is going to start the exodus of doctors and nurses and orderlies, the likes of which has not been seen since my grandmother was a little girl in 1918.

Would you stay around that?  And risk infecting your own family, and seeing them vomit themselves to death?  Not me!  I'd leave, and I've heard EMTs and nurses say the same thing.

Things are about to get sporty, people.  Let's not panic, let's hide and watch, but get your food and water and medical preps in ship-shape.

UPDATE: here's more evidence that the hospital system cannot withstand even the threat of Ebola:
According to [Dr. Betsy McCaughey], after the CDC outlined its preparation strategy, one hospital administrator responded, “What you’re telling us would bankrupt my hospital!” She said that that administrator represents a Southern California hospital. 
McCaughey noted that there was no word on the call of who would pay for hospitals to get themselves ready for Ebola patients. 
... “Treating one Ebola patient requires, full time, 20 medical staff. Mostly ICU (intensive care unit) people. So that would wipe out an ICU in an average-sized hospital.” 
“The most important thing is the doctors and nurses are not ready for the challenge of using this personal protective equipment. even if you see them with the helmet, the respirator, the full suits, as the CDC said on the call today, even all that equipment is not enough to guarantee the safety of health care workers because it is so perilous to put it on and particularly to remove it once it’s become contaminated.”
“So many people on the call [with the CDC] were daunted by the expectations, the separate laboratory next to the isolated patients, all kinds of — all kinds of adjustments, where to put the waste. many states won’t even let you dispose of this waste from such a toxic disease. 
It’s very troubling. Tom Frieden [Director if the CDC] said again and again in the last three months we may have an isolated case or do two but ebola will not spread widely. That is the weasel word he used again and again, “widely.” What does widely mean? Well, 50 states is pretty wide.
Ebola itself may not be very widespread at the moment, and it might not ever be in the US, but the fear of such a deadly disease has enough power to destroy our economy, our way of life, and even our country's union.

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