Friday, October 17, 2014
I've been doing a lot of research on it lately. The disease first appeared in 1976 in Sudan. There were two outbreaks one of which was at a mission clinic run by Nuns. They didn't have a good supply of needles so they were reusing them which spread the disease among all of the patients. Since then it's cropped up now and then in different places but it's usually low numbers which have been fairly easily contained.
It's also a disease that mostly affects the poor. Because there's little profit to be made from a drug that would be primarily used by poor people none of the drug companies has bothered to make a vaccine previously though I guess there's now one in the works. They found four survivors of a previous outbreak and now they've isolated the antigens in their blood which they are in turn are testing on Ebola cultures. We could very well soon have a immunization for the virus which I would recommend getting once available.
For this particular outbreak patient zero was a little boy who contracted an especially virulent strain of the virus in November 2012 in Guinea. They aren't quite sure where he got it though it's suspected he ate a bat which is common in that part of the world. When you're starving and you're extremely poor the wildlife is getting hunted. He died after having spread to the rest of his family who also died. It's a country where there had never been an outbreak of the disease. 14 months later they finally found out what they were dealing with and by then it was too late. They had a full fledged epidemic on their hands. From that country at least two other carriers brought it to Nigeria and Liberia which is what spread the contagion further.
How they're trying to deal with it is build some more clinics. They are desperately needed and there would be more of an ability to quarantine those who are ill. There's also a need for bleach, lots of bleach which kills the virus. Just maybe they can start bringing it under control.
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Friday, October 10, 2014
That leaves some sort of patrolling. I recommend taking a bunch of those drones, interface them with INS, and of course hire a bunch of the ones who were piloting them over Afghanistan and Iraq. The drones can run the entire border pretty efficiently including both coasts.
During WWII the Maginot line was considered the best possible secured border. What did the German military machine do? They simply bypassed it and went on into Belgium and France.
Going back a further in time to the occupation of Britain I call attention to Hadrian's Wall. The first one wasn't very effective and there were a lot of incursions. A second wall was built as a result about twenty miles south of the first one. It also managed to get a lot of incursions. In the end we all know the Roman Empire left Britain.
I can pull up many more instances like this but these are two of the most famous ones.
By putting up a fence along the southern border you're asking for the same kind of thing. While I understand the need it needs to be better thought out than seems to be at present.
I've been working on the, "Doctors in Hell," project these days. It's part of the Lawyers in Hell series. So far, it's coming along very nicely and it will soon be ready to turn in. As soon as I get done writing this blog post I'll get back at it.
Hopefully soon I'll have an announcement to make about another novel that's been in works for a while. There was an editing issue I guess which sometimes happens in fiction. It will be called, "Ill Wind Cometh," when it gets released this time.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
We're starting to have the yearly color change. The temps get cooler than they were during the summer and soon the trees will lose their leaves. Probably next week I'll take a trip on the river trail and get some images I'll post here on the blog. Here's one for now.