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Researchers Expect Over 20 US Ebola Cases In Weeks

Ebola (at least as it relates to the United States, not to discount the lives of people around the world) is largely a media hype. If there were actually a serious threat, it wouldn’t be on the news, would it?

Still, there is reason to at least pay attention as the media’s hysteria is in itself worth analysis. Just imagine how crazed they will be if these researchers fears play out and new infections become visible.

Courtesy of Bloomberg:

Alessandro Vespignani, a Northeastern University professor who runs computer simulations of infectious disease outbreaks warns there could be as many as two dozen people in the U.S. infected with Ebola by the end of the month.

The projections only run through October because it’s too difficult to model what will occur if the pace of the outbreak changes in West Africa, where more than 8,900 people have been infected and 4,400 have died, he said. If the outbreak isn’t contained, the numbers could rise significantly.

“We have a worst-case scenario, and you don’t even want to know,” Vespignani said. “We could have widespread epidemics in other countries, maybe the Far East. That would be like a bad science fiction movie.”

The worst case would occur if Ebola acquires pandemic status and is no longer contained in West Africa, he said. It would be a catastrophic event, one Vespignani says he is confident won’t happen.

The average media story of this size last for three weeks and is discarded. We’re running up against that limit now, but stories can disappear only to reemerge weeks later.

The price of oil has collapsed, falling about 5 percent in just one day. Brent crude is now at a point lower than any time since early 2012. 

Americans don’t want drama, especially good drama, they just want their boredom killed.

—Paddy Chayefsky

There were 60,000 people living on this island, including the Indians; so that from 1494 to 1508, over 3,000,000 people had perished from war, slavery, and the mines. Who in future generations will believe this? I myself writing it as a knowledgeable eyewitness can hardly believe it.

Dark Alliance, the story documenting the CIA’s cocaine distribution in LA to fund the Contras, is finally being made into a documentary film. More here.

Of course, that this story is once again being made so public — with the nation of Qatar (a US ally) producing the film — the only logical conclusion is that the CIA no longer cares who knows about their activities. It seems like that’s the only time we ever learn anything anymore about our government’s true actions.

Israel and the G-Word

From Counterpunch:

Israeli officials were caught in a revealing lie late last month as the country celebrated the Jewish New Year. Shortly after declaring the most popular boy’s name in Israel to be “Yosef”, the interior ministry was forced to concede that the top slot was actually filled by “Mohammed”.

That small deceit coincided with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the United Nations. He outraged Israelis by referring to Israel’s slaughter of more than 2,100 Palestinians – most of them civilians – in Gaza over the summer as “genocide”.

Both incidents served as a reminder of the tremendous power of a single word.

Most Israelis are barely able to contemplate the possibility that their Jewish state could be producing more Mohammeds than Moshes. At the same time, and paradoxically, Israel can point to the sheer number of “Mohammeds” to demonstrate that at worst it is eradicating the visibility of a Muslim name, certainly not its bearers.

Of course, to be a Zionist, or to believe in a Jewish state for Jews that is also democratic (or at least credibly democratic), you need to ensure this sort of thing doesn’t happen. Alas, despite their best efforts, it seems they may yet lose by attrition.

Read on.

Here, Bill Still gives a theory about what the so called “bombings” against ISIS is really about. David Stockman also wrote a well researched, well reasoned article basically supporting this same thesis: a complex game of chess designed to weaken insurgent Kurds and other enemies created during the 2003 Iraq War, using ISIS as a proxy army.