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Daily Digest 8/16 - Working Anything But 9 To 5, Hospitals Get Ready For Ebola

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:58 AM


Working Anything But 9 To 5 (jdargis)

Last month, she was scheduled to work until 11 p.m. on Friday, July 4; report again just hours later, at 4 a.m. on Saturday; and start again at 5 a.m. on Sunday. She braced herself to ask her aunt, Karina Rivera, to watch Gavin, hoping she would not explode in annoyance, or worse, refuse. She vowed to somehow practice for the driving test that she had promised her boyfriend she would pass by the previous month. To stay awake, she would formulate her own behind-the-counter coffee concoctions, pumping in extra shots of espresso.

As World Boils, Fingers Point Obama’s Way (jdargis)

“At least since World War II, presidents have been unwilling to discuss deficiencies in capability because they’re expected to do everything, and they like that sense of omnipotence,” said Jeremy Shapiro, a former Obama State Department official now at the Brookings Institution. “Obama has been trying to change that in the last year because he senses that the requirements of omnipotence have gotten so far out of whack with what he can actually accomplish that he needs to change the expectations.”

Why You Should Invest in Uruguayan Real Estate (Tyler K.)

Indeed, Argentines once again are voting with their feet, fleeing the government-induced wreckage of their home country for the safety across the Rio de la Plata. In the last three months, they’ve shipped some $400 million in bank deposits to a destination Argentines routinely flock to when they want their money out of the reach of a financially incompetent government.

They’re heading to Uruguay. And just maybe you should be, too.

Hospitals in the U.S. Get Ready for Ebola (jdargis)

The C.D.C. says that health care workers treating Ebola patients need only wear gloves, a fluid-resistant gown, eye protection and a face mask to prevent becoming infected with the virus. That is a far cry from the head-to-toe “moon suits” doctors, nurses and aides have been seeing on television reports about the outbreak.

Fears of Renewed Instability as Fed Ends Stimulus (jdargis)

Mr. Stein said his differences with his fellow board members, and especially the chairwoman, Janet Yellen, had been exaggerated and were more a matter of nuance. “I certainly felt we were courting some risks” with the Fed’s last round of quantitative easing, he acknowledged. “But then again, given the level of the unemployment rate at the time, some risk-taking was warranted.”

How Militarizing Police Can Increase Violence (jdargis)

“Theory underlying the weapons effect or similar kinds of phenomena would suggest that the more you fill the environment with stimuli that are associated with violence, the more likely violence is to occur,” said Bruce Bartholow, a University of Missouri social psychologist who has studied the weapons effect. Brad Bushman, a psychologist at Ohio State, agreed. “I would expect a bigger effect if you see military weapons than if you see normal weapons,” he said.

UK economy grows at fastest annual pace in over six years in second quarter (jdargis)

Manufacturing edged up just 0.2 percent between April and June, its weakest growth rate in more than a year.

Construction output was unchanged, a better performance than the preliminary reading which showed a contraction of 0.5 percent. It remained the first time that the sector has not grown since the start of 2013.

Why Perdue Going Organic Could Mean Cleaner Water (jdargis)

Intuitively, the organic-means-less-manure theory seems correct because organic chickens do grow more slowly, said Russ Brinsfield, director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Agro-Ecology and a farmer himself. But it hasn’t been studied; the organic standards, Brinsfield said, focus on what the birds eat, not what comes out the other end. Other factors in reducing the manure burden include raising chickens in less confined quarters, diversifying an operation to include eggs and changing the feed to something less corn-intensive.

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CDC precautions

Look at what they do not what they say. What are the experts wearing as PPE? Then perhaps we HCW should follow suit so to speak. Hopefully the hospitals will have access to Tyvek suits etc....but I worry the general public will start hoarding if they believe they will be needed. Avoidance is still the safest strategy for those who can.  This is how CDC outfits lab workers who handle the virus. Level 4 BSL. I realize I am not the calmest individual regarding this outbreak as I have already been in contact with a close call event I take it seriously. 

Woman working in a BSL-4 laboratory. She is wearing a full positive pressure suit. No skin is exposed; her air supply can be seen on the back of her suit. She working within a BSC.

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Report from Down Under.

Meanwhile Downunder, everyone is cheering the end of the Carbon Tax.

I said "OK, so the Abbot Government is not going to collect those revenues. Just what are they going to tax instead?" Everyone responded by fleeing the room.

Two days later my question was answered. They are going to increase taxes on fuel. Howls of protest.

Now I hear some of them trying to slither out of scrapping the Carbon Tax.

We are led by the least amongst us.


Anyhow I received my tax returns form from the yesterday and they were good enough to itemise exactly where each of my dollar contributions are spent. I see that the interest paid on money borrowed was not significant (Given the veracity of the document).  Military spending, about the same.

The Biggie was Social Security. Aged care and Pensions were not lumped together with Social Security (The Dole). There is a lot of talk about "Work for the Dole" in these straitened times. The critics say that the work is meaningless "clean up the park, yet again."  But I can see where this form of slavery is headed. They will soon be down on the farm planting and harvesting potatoes. It will be slavery because the recipient of the States attentions will not have the option of jumping plantations.

This is all in accordance with the Club of Rome report graphs- the bit where they say that capital will have to be reallocated from Industry into agriculture in order to feed ourselves. I remind you all that we convert 10 units of oil energy into 1 unit of food energy. The mining of the soil by Big Ag. is coming to an end.

I passed a lot of inland towns on my bike going to Perth from Esperance yesterday. There are cute little cottages for sale that I fantasize about living in-but my daydream pops when I realize that these inland towns are completely dependent on Oil.

Oh My- and not to even dwell on the subject of all those millions of acres of carefully manicured fields of wheat, barley and safflower fields. On close inspection I saw that the plants are frail little things, well spaced apart. Such is the nature of our fragile soils.

I asked one the big farm holder's sons if they plow the fields and he said that they do so for the first two crops. I thought to myself, "And what does that do to the Mycelial Mat?" It turns a mature ecology into a desert-albeit that it does release the nutrients from the dying ecology, which carries it through a couple of years. And then what? Thin spindly little plants growing in beach sand.


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Ebola- transmitted by fluids and droplets, but not airborne

There is no evidence that Ebola virus is transmitted by the airborne route


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