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Ebola, outside the box.. (my friend's near-death experience in 1968)

My friend had just gotten notice that her fiance's plane had been shot down in Viet Nam, and she did not yet know that he and his crew were rescued).

She was beside herself with worry, and decided to have a hot bath after hours of crying.

She ran a hot bath and put in bath oil beads.

Hours later, she awoke short of breath and covered with red welts.

Her mom rushed her to the ER, and they admitted her.

The diagnosis was a systemic poisoning...

The hot water opened her pores, and had let in the ingredients of the bath oil beads... She recovered, but was told that she could have just as easily died from the overload .

Which brings me to ebola:

Could it be that the intense body heat that builds up inside those sealed protective suits, also opens all the pores, so that IF a spec of fluids lands on the worker in the un-gowning, it has a more direct path into their own bodies, though those pores?

What if there were a refrigeration/freezer unit that they went into before disrobing, to cool them down and shrink down the pores before they took off the gear?

Or if they were washed down (fully suited) with super cold water?

The family who lived with Duncan have all tested ok, but then their apartment was probably air conditioned.. The ones who have gotten the disease from him were supposedly protected by the hot-suits..

Large eathquake near El Salvador


A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of El Salvador late Monday, according to the USGS. The quake was centered about 40 miles to the south of the small coastal town of Intipuca at a depth of about 14 miles. The National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially said that dangerous tsunami waves were possible within about 185 miles of the epicenter along the coasts of Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, but said the threat had mostly passed about an hour after the quake was first detected.


The USA is actually pretty bad at the war stuff..and we have been for a long time

If you want to be really fair about it, the only real "victory" we had was WWII, and we joined in that one pretty late, and had lots of help.

Ever since "the big one", we have pretty much sucked.

Korea was a "tie", at best

The Bay of Pigs invasion was a flop

Our overthrow/coup in Iran has yielded nothing more than disaster for decades, and turned a country that was pretty modern into a religious nightmare

Viet Nam was a horror

Our meddling in Afghanistan (the 1980s) is still biting us in the ass

The Central American fiasco all during the 80's was no success, and made lots of enemies for us

Grenada was nothing more than a pretend war for Ronnie's benefit

Kuwait "rescue" was quite possibly more hype than anything else, done to prove that GHWB was not as wimpy as the media portrayed him

Afghanistan Pt 2 & Iraq have been flops as well

Our wars succeed in making lots of money for contractors/munitions makers & lobbyists, and in killing & maiming people (ours and theirs)

The outcomes after the wars are always rife with instability, civil wars (that our actions only postponed), destroyed cities/infrastructure/schools/hospitals/etc.

We spare no expense in "training" our allies' soldiers so they can continue the fight when we leave, but what we find out now, is that when they are asked to actually fight, they often do not want to risk their own lives. They like the income they are paid when they are training, and they march and they ride in the vehicles we give them, but they do not want to fight.

We should start considering just buying them off .. Send in corps of engineers guys and money & tools, and shower them with those things. Help them build up their country better than the ones there we don't like all that much. Let them run their own country, and if they turn out to not be to our liking, just cut them off and let them duke it out.

We are meddlers with money, and no one likes a meddler.

Google's Shamu.. ( I WANT one)


Oct 9, 2014
Google Hopes Whale of a Phone Will Make Splash in Phablet Market

Alistair Barr and Rolfe Winkler

Google this month expects to release its largest smartphone, intensifying competition in the fast-growing market for super-sized mobile devices known as phablets, according to three people familiar with the situation.

The new phone — code-named Shamu after a killer whale — will have a 5.9-inch screen, a high-resolution display and be sold under the Nexus brand, two of the people said. Motorola Mobility, the phone maker that Google is selling to China’s Lenovo Group Ltd.0992.HK -5.05%, is manufacturing the phone, the people added. A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.

The new phone will be larger than Apple AAPL iPhone 6 Plus, which is 5.5 inches, and the Samsung Galaxy Note, the first truly successful phablet, which is 5.7 inches. Google plans to release a new version of its Android mobile-operating system at the same time. Tech blog The Information reported in July that Motorola was working on a Nexus phablet with Google.

Phablets, defined as smartphones with displays five inches or larger, were once ridiculed as unwieldy bricks for short-sighted, older consumers. But as phones have evolved from calling devices into computers for work tasks and watching videos, larger devices have caught on.

In 2011, phablets accounted for 1% of global smartphone shipments. This year, these big phones will make up 24% of the market, according to consultants Strategy Analytics. Stats like that forced Apple to drop its aversion to larger iPhones this year and now Google is responding.

“The phablet wars are in full effect and vendors need any possible edge they can get,” said Neil Mawston, a mobile-industry analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Having a large phone will help Google.”


Ashoka Mukpo once hailed as reincarnated lama


What an interesting background this young man has..

Associated Press in Providence, Rhode Island
theguardian.com, Friday 3 October 2014 22.49 EDT

A passion for Liberia and the plight of its people drove Ashoka Mukpo to work there, first to aid relief efforts and then as a photojournalist to tell its story. But Mukpo has an unusual story of his own: As an infant, he was identified as a reincarnated Tibetan lama, a role he chose not to pursue.

Mukpo, 33, was diagnosed Thursday with Ebola and was being cared for at a treatment centre in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. His family said he was expected to leave there on Sunday and arrive at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Monday.

His mother, Diana Mukpo, comes from an upper-class aristocratic family in Britain. At age 16, she left boarding school in Scotland and married Tibetan Buddhist leader Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who founded the Shambhala community that spread Buddhism in the west. She was one of several wives.

They moved to Boulder, Colorado, in the 1970s and set up a Buddhist centre, where notables such as Allen Ginsberg, Joni Mitchell and William Burroughs studied and Trungpa advocated tantric sex.


Just binge- watched Transparent...WOW!!!

Now I am pissed because there are no more new ones

Dallas is fretting over "what happened that night at the er".

Anyone who has ever been to an er at night pretty much knows what happened.

Our youngest son was a sports guy, and we have spent lots of time in ers waiting for an injury to be attended to.

Once, there was a kid next to us who had cried for so long that no sound came out anymore. He and his frazzled Mom took turns tending to the ugly gash and bloody rag on his head, and the blood that dripped (more like streamed) down his arm and off his elbow. She patiently moved their stuff as the "mop guy" mopped up the bloody floor at least 3 times. This little guy was about 7 or 8 years old.

They were there when we arrived at midnight. Our son woke up with palpitations so fierce that I could see his heart beating. He was a strong 15 year old, but it scared the life out of me. He was having trouble breathing too.

There was an elderly lady who was wincing every few minutes as she sat slumped in a chair along the opposite wall..

In total, there were about 50 people waiting to be seen

There were two nurses visible to us.

The little boy was seen a few minutes before we were.

We waited 4 hours to be seen, and they ended up admitting our son and a cardiologist fitted him with a holter monitor in the morning

Emergency rooms are chaotic, and a patient..a foreign patient with rather vague symptoms can easily fall through the cracks.

Because most Americans are so removed from sickness & death

we (as a society) do not know what happens in extremis.
: in extreme circumstances; especially : at the point of death
See in extremis defined for English-language learners »
Examples of IN EXTREMIS

They are helping a family in extremis.

First Known Use: circa 1530

When a person dies, their muscles let down, and their bodily fluids exit the body..feces, urine, etc.

Before their death, when they are unable to control their muscles, they will need to be cleaned up.

This is why medical people and family members are more likely to get infected, and why casual contact is less of a problem.

In the extremely poor areas of Africa where this is now an epidemic, there are few (if any) sewage treatment facilities, and raw sewage is in the streets.. dirt streets..in puddles. People are barefoot or wear rubber flip flops. When they walk through this slop, they are contaminated. They track it into their homes, and then children and family members are exposed.

Living rough, involves minor injuries that provide pathways into their bodies.

In everyday life in the US, people do not routinely come into contact with other people's "fluids".. When was the last time a coworker/friend/acquaintance shit on your floor or threw up on you?

There IS the "sex thing", but someone who is violently ill, is also less than likely to be an ideal sex partner. And anyone with active ebola is not going to be hanging out at bars, .looking to pick someone up.

As a Mom, I can tell you that I have been up-close & personal with some pretty vile "bodily fluid experiences" with our kids, but rarely, if ever with anyone else's kids.

Ebola is a personal experience between family members, and then in final desperation, with medical professionals. What is different this time, is that it has now moved beyond the village, and outsiders are exposed because of the total lack of sanitation.

No one wants to see their loved ones die, so they WILL do whatever they think is necessary in that desperate time, even if it is a useless effort, and even if they spread the disease because they do not understand how this spreads.

The fact that it has a 21 day incubation period is another problem because people may think they have escaped it, but have not, and by the time they are desperately ill, they have spread it to others.

We can try to abate the epidemics as they arise, but a better way would be to step up the sanitation and living conditions in areas that are prone to this disease.

Another helpful thing would be to make sure that people did not have to eat bush-meat.. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/how-the-ebola-virus-got-its-name-and-how-we-caught-it-from-animals-9770193.html

When Mom ran the Secret Service

First of all, I DID see her testimony and it pretty much left me thinking "why on earth was she put in that position anyway?".

and then I started remembering all the "stuff" that has gone on (and probably still does) within the agency.

It is still considered to be a macho...male dominion. Sure, they do have women agents and employees, but the aura of the organization is male....bad-boy frat guy male.

The story about "wheels-up-rings-off" flights to exotic lands, where they routinely (some of them) frequented brothels, got drunk and routinely misbehaved, brought it into focus for me.

There is a cadre of agents who are probably pretty senior by now, who like to party, and many of them probably do not even like the Obamas all that much. (see papers given to Romney campaign story). They do their jobs minimally, and keep their fingers crossed that nothing too bad ever happens. They bide their time until their retirement perks kick in, and from time to time get to guard a president they like.

This group probably saw red when "Mom" was put in charge in March of 2013, and may have set out to discredit her and eliminate her.

As director, she had the responsibility to change behaviors that the ones committing them did not want changed.

She was probably never present at any of the incidents that have recently come to light, and may have only had reports about them. Anyone who has ever written an incident report knows how to write them in a manner that either downplays or amplifies a situation. The "whistleblowers" seemed very eager to see that Jason Chaffetz got the information they should have been sending to their boss..."MOM".. I don;t think they did it that way because they thought she could not handle the job.. I think they did it to prove that she was incapable of doing the job. They probably liked things the way they were..loose & free...and secret..(until a hooker blabs).

It's not surprising to me that she is now gone, and that the interim replacement is a man who was "one of the guys"..a former footballer, a guy who was in charge on the night the Salahis showed up for dinner.

my $.02

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