Thursday, October 23, 2014

A word about Ebola and Epidemics AND Test Your Gullibility!

We're tired of the media frenzy over Ebola as every disease has the opportunity to traverse the world as a result of air travel. I  (Rob) told Tom in April that Ebola would be in the U.S. by September because of air travel. It was inevitable.  The FLU kills more Americans annually - so get a flu shot.    Which leads me to this point before I get to the Gullibility test.. 
- This week, an acquaintance I connected to on Facebook slammed the President for appointing a person to be in charge of overseeing protections and managing the message about Ebola. The guy said "The President is appointing an "Ebola Czar" so someone else can take the blame for the epidemic.
  That statement was simply stupid for so many reasons.  Here's why
1) When you manage a corporation or large entity, and a certain crisis arises, you appoint a project manager to manage the project so you can continue to take care of the overall company. That's basically what the President did.    He didn't do it to have someone to take blame.  People will just attack this President for everything - when they don't think, just react and be nasty.
2) Ebola is NOT an epidemic in the U.S. - The flu, guns, and drunk driving each kill a lot more people in the U.S... and 3 people have died of Ebola in the U.S.

3)  AN Historic Example of Ignoring a Health Risk:  Anyone that remembers President Reagan in 1980 may remember that he laughed off HIV/AIDS and refused funding. He and the party called it a "gay disease" - which everyone today knows that it is certainly NOT.  Reagan basically said that gay people can suffer and die and they don't care.  (Why people praise him is beyond me).  The Reagan adminstration refused to fund research for a cure - Look it up.  Meanwhile, President Obama has called for funding research for an Ebola vaccine and has called for organized training and protections WITHIN A WEEK - not 8 years. SO, the fool who said that about the President really just needs to shut up.
4) Ebola has been around since the 1970s in Africa. U.S. Pharmaceutical companies have not paid attention to it, because there's not enough profit in the U.S. for a vaccine. 

NOW:  TEST YOUR GULLIBILITY - This is going around in Email: 
CNN reported that Ebola has been found in packages of hair extensions.
FALSE - It was a prank that people believed. 
Origins:   In mid-October 2014, in the midst of great public concern in the U.S. over the spread of Ebola, a rumor began making the rounds of social media claiming that a news outlet had reported on the Ebola virus being found in packages of hair extensions. Such rumors were bolstered by a purported screenshot of a CNN news segment on that subject:
It was all a prank, however: Neither CNN nor any other news outlet reported on an instance of Ebola turning up in packages of hair extensions. The accompanying image was an altered screenshot of a CNN report from several days earlier on a related, but distinctly different, subject: anchorman Anderson Cooper's interview with a subject in Monrovia, Liberia, discussing whether Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, was aware that he had been exposed to the Ebola virus before boarding the airplane that brought him to the U.S. from Liberia.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next