Thursday, October 23, 2014

Baghdad Fukuda?

World Health Organization official says its monitors are 'reasonably confident' that they're not seeing widespread Ebola transmission into countries neighboring Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The World Health Organization said on Thursday it was "reasonably confident" that the Ebola virus plaguing three West African countries has not spread widely into neighboring states. Asked whether countries such as Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast might have cases of the disease crossing their borders without knowing about or reporting them, WHO assistant director general Keiji Fukuda said he considered that unlikely. "We are reasonably confident right now we are not seeing widespread transmission into neighboring countries." Fukuda told reporters in a briefing. "It remains a concern...(but) right now I think we are not seeing it. We will keep looking for further spread of infection, but we simply haven't seen it," he added.

Nota bene that Fukuda-san didn't say "there is not any Ebola in neighboring countires", simply that
a) it's not widespread
b) as far as we know
c) we're wholly dependent on whether our monitors are deaf, dumb, and blind.

We haven't seen qualified word-parsing like this since the last time Monica Lewinsky was in the news, 20 years ago, and the last purveyor of such ebullient optimism in the face of widespread disaster was Baghdad Bob.

What Fukuda-san just told us all, when you prune away the BS, is
"We hope not, but we have no fricckin' idea, and we really, really hope that there isn't any. But we can categorically state that no one bleeding out the ass has dropped dead right in our laps yet."

Which is just a wee bit different than saying, when asked if there are Ebola cases outside the current Big Three, a simple unqualified "No."

Then recall that this is the same WHO that told everyone that this Ebola thing was "likely" to grow to perhaps 20,000 cases, as recently as mid-August.

(FYI, the "official" total says that we hit 10,000 cases on Monday, 10/20, and the assumption is that the actual total is somewhere north of 25,000 cases, right this minute.)

So it's best to treat those peachy hopeful statements appropriately, and take them with a grain of salt.



  1. Why Obola does not want to ban flights from Africa, and why it eventually WILL happen.

  2. Very good article you had posted about the former Ivory Coast yesterday. With it's porous borders and political corruption, the Ivory Coast is like a tanker truck looking for a match. Just give it a couple weeks.

  3. I'm reading you every day (hat tip to CA at WRSA who links you faithfully). Sending you a link to a piece written about an interview with a physician that was heard today on (I know, I know...) Alex Jones Infowars. I think you'll find it of interest. The most disconcerting part is this quote:

    “They’re preparing for something,” he added, speculating that the endgame could be medical martial law or the Obama administration’s complete takeover of the medical system."

    Thank you for keeping the flame of truth burning brightly.

  4. Doctor in NY in for testing, he seems not to have self quarantined:

  5. Dunno if this is credible ... have heard other rumors of this:

  6. Cover-ups rarely work, esp. for something like this, unless you're dealing with military personnel who have TS clearances and can keep their mouths shut. Even then it can be iffy.

    And R.P., while I don't give a lot of credence to those sites, they aren't always wrong, and at the very least serve as lane markers for the limits of reality. I'd rather have them out there spinning fantasies than not, as long as we're all free to pass along facts, and speculate on the fiction.

    I draw the line at passing around fiction, and speculating on fantasy, but it doesn't keep me from a healthy dose of skepticism towards the government/media (who didn't used to operate in lockstep), and serious concerns for just how stupid/malicious TPTB are willing to get, when I see what we know about that they've already done.

  7. The families will hide the Ebola suspected or feared suspected, deaths are the hard part, unless the body is picked up by authorities no one would know.
    Then again how many people get quarantined for other than Ebola diseases?
    If it's not listed as Ebola it's not Ebola.