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Good News From the Ebola Front: Nurse Amber Vinson Has Recovered Already

Beating the disease
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Tonight we have some good news about Amber Vinson, the second nurse diagnosed with Ebola after being in close contact with Liberian victim Thomas Eric Duncan: doctors at Emory University Hospital’s bio-containment facility are reportedly no longer able to detect the virus in her body.

And that means American medical care is now ahead of the curve on treating Ebola, since the other nurse who contracted the virus, Nina Pham, has also been cleared of the disease.

Here’s the statement from Amber Vinson’s family, via NBC Nightly News:

UPDATE at 10/22/14 5:52:38 pm by Charles Johnson

And more good news: the free lance NBC cameraman who came down with Ebola, Ashoka Mukpo, is also now a survivor.

Being young and healthy helped the NBC News freelancer diagnosed with Ebola defeat the virus, the doctors who treated him said at a press conference, NBC News reported. Ashoka Mukpo, who was on contract with NBC News when he got sick in Liberia, left the biocontainment unit at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha Wednesday after being declared Ebola-free. During his stay, Mukpo received an experimental pill as well as serum from Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, doctors said Wednesday. He also received regular testing and electrolyte replacement, necessary during the mid-stages of Ebola disease as they tend to get flushed out with severe vomiting and diarrhea.

Gohmert! Gay Massages Will Destroy Our Military

Life according to Louie
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Here he is again, folks, the Dumbest Man in Congress, with a truly crack-brained theory about why gays shouldn’t be allowed to serve in the military: because they’ll be sitting around getting gay massages instead of training for battle.

Louie always comes through with the craziest shit. Never change, Louie!

“I’ve had people say, ‘Hey, you know, there’s nothing wrong with gays in the military. Look at the Greeks,’” he said. “Well, you know, they did have people come along who they loved that was the same sex and would give them massages before they went into battle. But you know what, it’s a different kind of fighting, it’s a different kind of war and if you’re sitting around getting massages all day ready to go into a big, planned battle, then you’re not going to last very long. It’s guerrilla fighting. You are going to be ultimately vulnerable to terrorism and if that’s what you start doing in the military like the Greeks did … as people have said, ‘Louie, you have got to understand, you don’t even know your history.’ Oh yes I do. I know exactly. It’s not a good idea.”

Chuck C. Johnson Said “PD Sources” Told Him Ebola Confirmed in Newark - but He Was Lying Again

The Ginger Avenger strikes again
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When the news came out last night that a Liberian passenger who landed at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday afternoon had been held for evaluation of possible Ebola symptoms, self-proclaimed “award-winning journalist” Chuck C. Johnson wasted no time springing into action. The Ginger Avenger stated outright that we had a new case of Ebola in New Jersey, claimed he had police sources who told him it was confirmed, and boasted that he was showing up a journalist who accused him of fear-mongering.

So, after all that bragging and paranoia, can you guess what we’re finding out today?

The Wall Street Journal reports: Airline Passenger Taken to Newark Hospital Has Not Tested Positive for Ebola.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also announced that the passenger was asymptomatic and would soon be released.

That’s right, folks — this charlatan was lying again, just as he’s been spreading lies and fear ever since the first case of Ebola was confirmed. He doesn’t have any “PD sources.” No New Jersey cop would lie about something like this, for no reason, to a blogger in California.

Inciting fear of infectious disease to get attention for himself and his crummy blog, and just outright lying about it is pretty much the bottom of the barrel. Chuck C. Johnson is breaking new ground in right wing dishonesty and vileness.

Footage From Globe Reporter Captures Exchange of Gun Fire in Canada’s Parliament Hill Building

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More from CBC :

  • 1 shooter dead, 1 still believed at large in downtown Ottawa.
  • Police searching cars leaving Ottawa trying to go to Quebec.
  • Report of additional shots fired near Chateau Laurier Hotel, east of Parliament Hill.
  • Police going door to door in downtown core; downtown schools in lockdown.
  • All three main party leaders, Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau, reported safe.
  • Reuters confirms that one soldier who was wounded is now dead as well.

Also See:
cbc.ca
live.reuters.com
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reuters.com
Potentially Related attack from yesterday:
littlegreenfootballs.com
Google Maps Satellite view of Parliament HIll:
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The Police Audio of the Palin Family’s Post-Drunken Brawl Interviews Is Not Pretty

Springeresque
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Radar Online has posted the unedited audio of police interviewing people after the Sarah Palin family’s drunken brawl last September at a party in Anchorage, and it’s a trash-fest if there ever was one. Warning: Bristol and Willow Palin drop plenty of F-bombs and other initial-bombs too. Tell the kids to leave the room before you listen.

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Ron Paul Says Rand Paul’s “Travel Ban” Idea Is “Politically Motivated”

One of those rare moments when the elder Paul seems saner than his son
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Here’s one of those moments for which we live, as crazy uncle Ron Paul says his crazy son Rand’s idea of a ban on travel to and from West Africa is “politically motivated.” Instant classic.

Ron Paul on Monday said that calls for a ban on travel from West African countries affected by Ebola are primarily “politically motivated” — just days after his son Sen. Rand Paul announced his support for one.

Appearing on Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum” with former Arizona Republican Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Ron Paul said he wouldn’t support a travel ban. “Right now, I would say a travel ban is politically motivated more than something done for medical purposes,” the former Texas congressman and three-time presidential candidate told Hayworth.

Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator openly considering a 2016 presidential bid, said on a radio show last week that a temporary travel ban is “only reasonable,” BuzzFeed noted Monday.

Pew Poll: Ebola Worries Rising, Especially Among Republicans, but Most Trust Government to Deal With It

The 24/7 fear-mongering is having an effect
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After the non-stop fear-mongering by most of the media (but especially right wing media) about Ebola, it’s not surprising that the latest Pew poll shows a rise in the general public’s fear level. But a majority of the respondents still believe the US government and hospital systems are capable of preventing a major outbreak.

Public concern about the spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S. has increased since early October. Currently, 41% are worried that they themselves or someone in their family will be exposed to the virus, including 17% who say they are very worried. In a survey two weeks ago, 32% worried about exposure to Ebola; 11% said they were very worried.

Most people (58%) express little or no concern about becoming exposed to Ebola, though that is down from 67% in early October. And majorities have at least a fair amount of confidence in both the federal government and U.S. hospitals to deal with the disease.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Oct. 15-20 among 2,003 adults, finds that 54% express either a great deal (18%) or fair amount (36%) of confidence in the federal government to “prevent a major outbreak of the Ebola virus in the U.S.” This is little changed from early October, when 57% had a great deal or fair amount of confidence in the government to prevent a major Ebola outbreak.

A very interesting and telling result from this survey: Republicans (who almost exclusively get their news from Fox and other right wing sources) have gotten significantly more fear-stricken since earlier this month. And obviously, it’s due to the panicky and often misleading nature of so much right wing media coverage of the disease.

Since early October, worries about Ebola exposure have increased across most demographic and partisan groups. But the rise in concern has been particularly striking among Republicans.

In early October, 33% of Republicans were at least somewhat worried that they themselves or a family member would be exposed to the Ebola virus (7% very worried, 26% somewhat worried). Today, nearly half of Republicans (49%) are worried, with 16% saying they are very worried and 33% somewhat worried.

There has been less change among Democrats - 36% now have at least some concern about personal exposure to Ebola, compared with 30% in early October. The partisan gap in Ebola worries, which was negligible two weeks ago (three points), has increased to 13 points in the current survey.

Michael Savage Attacks Veterans With PTSD: “Stop Crying Like a Baby”

Grotesque
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Today’s absolutely grotesque example of right wing hate speech comes from radio screamer Michael Savage (real name: Michael Weiner), who launched into a deranged rant against veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder because they aren’t strong manly men like him.

Remember when right wingers used to pretend to care about military veterans?

He then blamed America’s problems on those who “cry like a little baby” over depression: “If the whole nation is told, ‘boo-hoo-hoo, come and get a medication, come and get treatment, talk about mental illness,’ you know what you wind up with? You wind up with Obama in the White House and lawyers in every phase of the government, that’s what you wind up with. It’s a weak, sick nation. A weak, sick, broken nation.”

Savage continued that veterans with PTSD are a “bunch of losers” and recommended that they be more like Michael Savage.

“You need men like me to save the country,” he said. “You need men to stand up and say stop crying like a baby over everything.” He continued that “men are so weak and so narcissistic” that it is “no wonder ISIS can defeat our military.”

The Incredibly Creepy James O’Keefe Clown Show Goes to Colorado

The curious hijinks of a wingnut fraudster
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Nothing creepy about this at all.

This is what passes for “investigative journalism” on the right these days.

Democratic staffers in Colorado recently came to believe they were the subject of an O’Keefe operation after campaign workers became suspicious about would-be volunteers who had asked about filling out and submitting mail-in ballots for others. Recently, the 30-year-old O’Keefe has targeted the Senate campaigns of Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor and Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by filming undercover videos of staffers or the candidate.

Last Tuesday, a man who appeared to be in his 20s showed up at a Democratic field office in Boulder wanting to volunteer to help elect Udall and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), according to a Democratic staffer who met with him and asked not to be identified. The man introduced himself as “Nick Davis,” and he said he was a University of Colorado-Boulder student and LGBT activist involved with a student group called Rocky Mountain Vote Pride. Davis mentioned polls showing the race between Udall and Gardner was tight, and he asked the staffer if he should fill out and mail in ballots for other college students who had moved away but still received mail on campus. The Democratic staffer says he told Davis that doing this would be voter fraud and that he should not do it.

On Friday, Udall campaigned with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus. After the event, a woman calling herself “Bonnie” approached a different staffer and, according to this staffer’s boss, asked whether she could fill out and submit blank ballots found in a garbage can. The staffer, according to her boss, said that she told her no.

That same day, the guy identifying himself as “Nick Davis” returned to the Democratic office in Boulder. He was accompanied by a man wearing heavy makeup and a mustache, according to the Democratic staffer who had met Davis three days earlier. Davis introduced his friend as a “civics professor” at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the faculty adviser to Rocky Mountain Vote Pride. Davis and the professor, who said his name was “John Miller,” picked up Udall campaign literature and canvassing information.

On Monday, O’Keefe tweeted a photo of himself with a mustache and said he’d recently posed as a “45yo” for one of his “election investigations.”

Debunking Another Fear-Mongering Right Wing Myth About Ebola: The “42 Day Incubation Period”

They’re lying again
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Here we go again with the relentless fear-mongering about Ebola.

The latest meme being circulated by right wingers and conspiracy theorists (two groups that have considerable overlap) is that Ebola actually has an incubation period of 42 days, not 21 as has been reported. SHOCK NEWS! SCIENTISTS ARE LYING TO US!

This claim is all over the loonball sites today; here’s a Google search to show you what I mean: Ebola 42 Days Incubation. You’ll see all the usual suspects in there; World Net Daily, Natural News, Infowars, Fox News, Breitbart, etc.

To back up these overheated claims, they’re all citing this article at the World Health Organization site: WHO | Are the Ebola Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal Over?

The “42 days” meme is apparently drawn from this opening paragraph:

If the active surveillance for new cases that is currently in place continues, and no new cases are detected, WHO will declare the end of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Senegal on Friday 17 October. Likewise, Nigeria is expected to have passed through the requisite 42 days, with active surveillance for new cases in place and none detected, on Monday 20 October.

Notice that this does not say anything about an “incubation period,” and there’s a reason: because this is the time period the WHO uses to determine with full confidence whether an outbreak is officially over in an entire country.

Here’s the part all these crazy fear-mongering sites don’t mention:

The period of 42 days, with active case-finding in place, is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola virus disease and is considered by WHO as sufficient to generate confidence in a declaration that an Ebola outbreak has ended.

It couldn’t be any clearer — this WHO report actually says explicitly that “42 days” is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola. The number is derived from any potential contact’s 21 days plus any of those contact’s contacts’ 21 days.

Once again, the right wing sites are deliberately distorting the words of the WHO in order to cause panic about Ebola.

Meanwhile, today the WHO announced that, as expected, Nigeria Is Now Free of Ebola Virus Transmission. And the Ebola outbreak in Senegal was declared finished three days ago.

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