Ebola Debacle – Critical Thinking is Lost

critical-thinking-diagram   With each passing day, watching the Ebola scenario unfold is like watching a bad movie drama.  There has been a comedy of errors playing out daily, accompanied by the mass scrambling of officials who are supposed to be working hard to protect us.   On parade is the daily who’s who in the land of the clueless.   One of the main criticisms of the current education model is the loss of teaching critical thinking.  The Ebola scandal has highlighted this like never before.

First, we bringing a doctor and a healthcare worker to the United States with a disease that has NEVER been on the United States soil previously.  I know this is a touchy subject with many.  Where is your humanity people ask?  Yet these are the same people who insist that all get vaccinated for the greater good.  Is there a greater good in protecting the United States from a disease that could wipe out (and is in Africa) thousands of people if an outbreak occurs?

Dr Frieden, from the CDC, is another clueless double talking babbler.  This man’s previous claim to fame was working with the NYC Mayor to ban public smoking and eliminating transfats in the restaurants.  Now he is the Director of the CDC.  His actions have dire consequences for  our nation.  You can give – But can’t get - Ebola on a bus- reports Frieden.  He was quick to throw the nurses under the bus when the first nurse, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola after caring for Thomas Duncan.  The truth of the matter was that the hospital and the workers were not prepared.  They did not have the equipment to do what they needed to do to keep everyone safe.  There are only FOUR hospitals in all of the United States that have the ability to deal with a level 4 containment situation.    The nurses at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas are now fighting back saying that it is the fault of the hospital that they were exposed not a breech in protocol.

Wednesday, October 15th, revealed that another nurse named Amber Vincent had traveled from Dallas to Cleveland on Frontier Airlines.  She left Dallas on October 10th and returned on October 13th after reporting that she had contacted the CDC multiple times about her 99.5 degree fever.  This is were it gets really out of control.  All I could think when I heard this was “Are you kidding me? She is a healthcare worker who just completed an assignment with Thomas Duncan – WHO DIED!!”  She should know the risks.  Yet her selfishness to get to a bridal shopping trip for her wedding has exposed hundreds of people to this wicked virus.  I have had people defending her by saying that she contacted the CDC and they gave her the all clear to get on the plane.  Again I say “Are you kidding me?”  She is a trained professional that should know better.  She should have waited one more day to see how her fever played out.  But instead she did not think for herself and allowed someone looking at a temperature chart to determine that she should be OK to travel.  Where is the logic here?  …..Missing…..

The American people are beginning to panic.  Almost every other feed on my Facebook page is about Ebola.  Supplies of masks, booties, and rubber gloves are disappearing quickly.  Prices are increasing as individuals try to capitalize on the fear of contracting this disease. klain Then, just when you thought it couldn’t get worse.  It just did.  The White House announces that President Obama has just appointed Ron Klain as the “Ebola Czar”.  So what experience does he have that would make him a good candidate for this position.  It wasn’t his medical experience because this man is not a medical professional but someone that the White House describes as “someone that can get things implemented”.  Anyone hear “community organizing”?   Here’s a brief work history: His is currently the president at Case Holdings and general counsel for Revolution, LLC companies.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.    He has served as the Chief of Staff under VP Joe Biden and former VP Al Gore.  As Biden’s chief of staff, Klain played a vital role in implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and was the individual who signed off on the $535 million loan guarantee to the now debunked solar panel maker Solyndra.  Prior to working with Joe Biden,  Ron Klain was a well-connected Washington lobbyist. According to Senate lobbying disclosure records, Klain’s clients included Fannie Mae, U.S. Airways, Time Warner, CIGNA, and Imclone.  But the most important part of his history that should concern us is that he was the key legal counsel for Al Gore in the 2000 election.  He was hired to try to figure out how to twist and bend the constitution to get Al Gore into office.  I have a feeling that type of experience may be beneficial before this is all over.  But hey, there’s nothing to see here folks.  Our community organizer has it all under control.   We don’t need a medical person to help control the most dangerous virus to ever come to the United States do we?  But they have a plan for us.  What that is we do not know and sadly as Americans it appears that we have been made pawns in a very deadly game.

It’s time for all of us to reconnect with real people.  Not just on Facebook but people in our community.  To find a good church, return to one you used to go to or get more involved where you are.  Do your research now and start to build up your immune system with food and supplements.  Not everyone who is exposed gets the virus.  What is the difference?  I believe it is a strong immune system.  We are going to need to work as a community for what may come.  Now’s the time.  Don’t wait.

To your health!

CDC Seeking Passengers with Ebola Nurse

Frontier Airlines Flight 1143

This is a critical issue folks!  The 2nd nurse diagnosed yesterday with Ebola was traveling on Frontier Flight number 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas / Fort Worth International (DFW) on Monday, October 13.  Just one day before being diagnosed with Ebola.   Her flight landed at 8:16 pm Dallas time.  The nurse had flown from Dallas Fort Worth to Cleveland on Frontier flight 1142 on October 10th.  The CDC is asking all 132 passengers who flew on that flight or on the October 10th flight to call 1-800-232-4636.

   October 14th travel for this airplane is not discussed. 

On October 15 at approx 1:00 am MT time Frontier Airlines was notified by the CDC that the nurse had been a traveling customer on their flight.  The flight did not leave the airport that evening (Oct 13) having completed its scheduled flights for the day.   Frontier states that the plane received a thorough cleaning “per our normal procedures which is consistent with CDC guidelines prior to returning to service the next day.”

The troubling part of that comment was that it was “normal procedures”.   They did not state per the recent guidelines given to assist in the protection against Ebola.  On October 9, airline cabin cleaners went on strike over fears that they were not properly equipped and protected.   Something tells me their cleaning plan is about as effective as the nursing care protection has been thus far.

Why was this nurse who directly cared for Thomas Duncan on a plane TWO DAYS after he died?    Certainly it does not take a rocket scientist to see that the people at the highest risk are those who were in the closest proximity to this man who was infected.  We allowed this woman to “self monitor” which was accompanied by very poor judgement on her part.

I have done a lot of travel on airplanes in my previous consulting career.  I began to think of every opportunity I would have to expose others to an illness.  Here is the litany.    The CDC is looking for the travelers on the plane.  But this is so much bigger.

Parking ramp – the button to get your ticket.
Elevator / Escalator from the ramp to the airport
Kiosk to check-in at the ticket counters
Ticket agent takes paperwork / license to check you in
Luggage check – TSA
TSA – ticket, scanner, bins for purses, shoes, etc
Stores – many go to stores and restaurants for coffee, ,snacks magazines, etc.
Gate Agent / Gate Chairs / Charging Stations 
Airplane – Seat, Magazines, Air control, Overhead bin, Bathroom, Cups / Cans, Trash, Flight Attendant, Customers seated nearby
Rental Car – Agent, Contract, Keys, ENTIRE CAR
Hotel – clerk, keys, room, room service
Restaurants / Coffee Shops
People she came  in contact with while in Cleveland

Just do the trip in reverse and you can see that the issue with this travel is exponential.

Are we really doing everything to keep the American people safe?

You decide……..



2nd Nurse Tests Positive for Ebola


A second nurse, who cared for Thomas Duncan and died from the Ebola virus on October 8th was diagnosed yesterday with Ebola. Thomas Duncan died 7 days ago. The incubation time, we have been told, is 21 days.   However, the WHO released an assessment report yesterday (Oct 14) stating that there are cases where the time is extended to 42 days.  Other research shows that semen can contain the virus for up to 90 days.

95% of confirmed cases have an incubation period in the range of 1 to 21 days; 98% have an incubation period that falls within the 1 to 42 day interval.

This new timing is problematic as the individuals in Dallas have been engaging in 21 day quarantines.  As reported yesterday, Nancy Snyderman and her crew were also under a 21 day quarantine.   I am sure the American public would appreciate that we err on the side of caution.   We need to get this under control.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is the individual overseeing the efforts to respond to these outbreaks in the Dallas, TX area.  There are currently 48 individuals who remain asyptomatic after being in contact with Duncan.  Sunday marks the end of the period where it is believed that they are no longer at risk of contracting this disease.   But should the WHO assessment change the timeline for their release from being watched?

It is now being reported by “an official close to the situation” (who has not been named) that in hindsight, Mr Duncan should have been transferred immediately to either Emory University in Atlanta or the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha (where the two previous Ebola patients were taken).

This begs us to ask a question that is the elephant in the room.  What makes these two nurses who have been diagnosed with Ebola in the last few days less of a risk to the American people?  This official states in hindsight that they should have done things differently, yet they are doing nothing different.  In fact they are doing EXACTLY the same thing.  These women are being housed in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in isolation where the so called “breech of protocol” occured.  The CDC head – Dr Freidman is assuring us that there is no need to be alarmed.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.  I think we have arrived at insanity.  These women  should be in a facility that knows how to handle this level 4 biohazard threat.

It is being reported that neighbors of the recently diagnosed nurse received letters this morning warning them of the potential exposure to this second nurse victim.

What is Dallas doing?  They are handing out these lovely fliers to help the community .

Guess what started yesterday in Maryland?  A vaccine trial for Ebola.   Once available people will rush out of fear to get this vaccine.  But what do you know about it?  What will be in it?  There are already serious concerns about the vaccine industry in general.  There was no discussion of this vaccine until we brought the 2 doctors back from Africa in September.  Now it is all we hear and it is being rushed to market.  Fast tracked drugs have proven to be problematic.

If you are in the Dallas area now is the time to get your personal house in order.  For those in the rest of the United States please take the time to search out your options for your family if it were to come to your area.  Your God given immune system was designed to deal with illness.  When given the right environment there is nothing God cannot overcome within us.  Put your trust in Him, research your options and then put a plan in place.   In times when my heart turns to fear, I put my eyes on God and his word in Psalm 91 as my comfort.

Psalm 91 

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.




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