Thursday, October 02, 2014

Quarantine Those Exposed To Ebola?: "How is this going to look?"

The country's safety is in the very best hands:
“When [Graham] gets [Brantly] over into the hospital, they come in and they quarantine him,” Beck said. “There are, I think, 35 others that have returned from Africa that were working in that hospital, the same as [Brantly]. They’ve been around this doctor. They’ve been around the hospital.”

“We all saw the caravan, but what we didn’t see is this: Franklin says, ‘Okay, we’ve got 35 people. Where do we keep them for 21 days?’” Beck said, noting that Ebola can incubate for 21 days. “The CDC says, ‘Oh, don’t worry. Just send them home.’”

“Now, here’s Graham, not a doctor, saying, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea. I don’t think sending them home is a good idea. … They should be in the quarantine for 21 days. We don’t know if they have the Ebola.’”

So Beck said Graham found a place near the hospital and asked those exposed to the Ebola virus to stay there until they were confident they wouldn’t spread the disease to the rest of the country.

“Well apparently, several days into this, the hospital finds out that they’ve done this,” Beck said. “And the hospital is upset because of PR. ‘How is this going to look?…’
Don't worry: It's just ebola.

Color me radical, but it seems to me past time to fire the complacent administrators at CDC. Given that that is unlikely to happen, it may be time to stock up on N-95 masks and surgical gloves, plus food and water for a month or so.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Thirty Days for SpaghettiOs Residue

According to the Gainesville Times, police arrested Ashley Huff, 23, when they found a “suspicious residue” they believed to be meth on a spoon inside the car she was riding in.

Huff was subsequently charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Huff repeatedly told police that there was “no way in hell” that the substance was drug residue, according to Hall County assistant public defender Chris van Rossem.

Huff was unable to afford her bail and spent more than a month in jail while her attorney attempted to arrange a plea bargain.

She was released only after the crime lab finally came back with the results of its substance analysis.

It was spaghetti sauce.
I'm mighty glad I live in a free country. An unfree country would be really scary.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Blue Angels In Honolulu

The Blue Angels were zipping about the area yesterday and today. How do I know? This afternoon all six flew through our kitchen door and out the living room window.

Well, four of them got out, as you can see below, escaping over our shower tree from the Fanged Terrors of the Ko'olaus, Calvin Pi and Sweetie Pi, Guard Cats Extraordinaire.

The other two Blue Angels faired not so well, as it is rumored that Calvin and Sweetie, taking just umbrage at the invasion of their personal airspace by Unusually Large And Raucous Blue Birds, bigger and more raucous even than chickens, which is saying quite a lot so far as Calvin & Sweetie are concerned, bit their tails and gave them a thorough shaking. Below is Calvin, recuperating from the Defense of the Home Territories. He and Sweetie may burp up bits of blue aluminum from time to time, but that's OK: They're Cats With A Mission.

Sweetie is tuckered out from all the excitement, but she remains ever alert to invasion. It will take more than an Unusually Large And Raucous Blue Bird to get past her.

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Some People Watch, Others Do

A truly inspiring bit of daftness:
An Omagh plumber tunnelled a hole from under his bed to the local pub 800 feet from his house over the course of 15 years, a court heard today.
As Patsy Kerr told the county court after he was finally caught:
“The wife has a bad snore on her I waited til she was in a deep sleep and then set about digging a hole under the bed in the direction of the pub. I used all manner of tools from spoons to a heavy duty tunnel boring machine I managed to sneak down there when she was at the shops. It wasn’t until 2009 that I hit the jackpot and came up through the women’s toilet mop and bucket room.”
Such dedication is truly ennobling. Mr. Kerr deserves to have his mates buy him a pint now and then.

Read the whole thing here.

If this story turns out to be Onionesque, it matters not: George Washington didn't chop down a cherry tree, either.

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