EBOLA woes

The news media are stoking EBOLA fears. They start by saying EBOLA is very difficult to transmit. Then they list all the activities of the latest victim as though those activities might lead to the spread of the virus. Please. A person is much more likely to be mugged on a NYC subway than to contract EBOLA from a fellow passenger. Perhaps EBOLA will win in the end because the virus is smarter than humans.

Travel ban

President Obama has decided a travel ban to and from the EBOLA-striken areas of West Africa is not necessary.  I support  his decision because he has more information on the subject than I do. Many Republicans want a travel ban because they oppose any and all decisions the President makes. If he decided to impose a travel ban, they would criticize the terms or timing or both.

The Wild Shore by Kim Stanley Robinson is set in the near future when the rest of the world takes action to prevent further US aggression and arms sales. Secretly they smuggle 200 nuclear devices into the country and detonate them at the same time destroying America’s cities and manufacturing capabilities. This sets America back 1000 years and puts us in the Dark Ages while the rest of the world lives peacefully in the 21st century. A travel ban is imposed on the US, no one allowed in or out.

This is a good book to read to see what a travel ban means when the shoe is on the other foot. The Wild Shore is the first book in a trilogy in which the other books are more hopeful. Book two in the series is The Gold Coast and the series concludes with a vision of a golden future in Pacific Edge.

Kim Stanley Robinson is a writer of science fiction with a healthy dose of science. His Mars trilogy, Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars is set in a future where mankind is making a home for ourselves on a Mars gradually being terraformed (made earth like). His vision of America in the near future where climate change has produced stronger storms and a rising ocean level is contained in another trilogy, Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below and Sixty Days and Counting. One man’s vision of our near future that is challenging, but optimistic.

EBOLA czar

Ignorance is bliss. President Obama to name an EBOLA czar as demanded by John McCain and others. FOX News is already claiming that a czar is unnecessary because we have so many health organizations already including a Surgeon General. Well, we don’t have a Surgeon General because the GOP in the Senate refuse to confirm Obama’s nominee for the post because he is opposed by the NRA.

EBOLA-national security threat?

Please don’t categorize EBOLA as a national security threat. If we do, then John McCain and possibly others will assume that it is a small country in Africa and want to bomb it to eliminate the threat. They won’t be able to find it on the map, but will want to put drones in the air and use Hellfire missiles to kill suspected carriers just as we are currently targeting suspected terrorists in East Africa.

If we start targeting people ill with EBOLA, the word will spread and rumors of EBOLA will cause the healthy to flee the neighborhood to preserve life and limb. That will only spread the disease more quickly as people flee from one part of the country to another. This is also true of our targeting of suspected terrorists. When we accidentally kill the innocent, we create more terrorists as the relatives of the dead and maimed vow revenge. Let’s not make EBOLA the cause of another grievance against the actions of America.

Do it now

Do it now
While you can
Do not wait
Until too late.

We have this motto framed and hung on the wall in our main bathroom. Wisdom that is hard to follow as one ages. All too often we look forward to retirement and then accident or ill-health prevents us from enjoying our dreams. That was the case when I retired and finally solved my financial problems by means of a reverse mortgage. A friend has just retired and her family faces a financial crisis because of an unexpected health crisis. As healthcare workers, my wife and I saw it happen again and again to others. Don’t let it happen to you.

Do it now
While you can
Do not wait
Until too late.