Remember the Ebola hysteria. What did we learn from it?

Summary: Sierra Leone has discharged it last known Ebola patient, bringing this Ebola epidemic almost to its end. We should learn from this episode. Not just about the need for vigilance and well-funded defenses against plagues, but also what it reveals about America. About us. In April 2009 I wrote Are Americans easily panicked cowards? … Continue reading Remember the Ebola hysteria. What did we learn from it?

Requiem for fear. Let’s learn from failed predictions to have confidence in ourselves & our future

Summary: If journalists find it difficult to fill the spaces between ads, they might run articles debunking past popular predictions of doom. They could easily do so monthly. This week brought an unusually large harvest of evidence disproving the doomsters. We should ask ourselves why were we so credulous, even gullible, to believe these stories? … Continue reading Requiem for fear. Let’s learn from failed predictions to have confidence in ourselves & our future

Good news about Ebola and its terrifying mortality rate

Summary: We're in the 12th month of this Ebola epidemic, in the 4th month since it escaped from Africa. While it still burns in 3 African nations, we have enough data to tentatively assess the predictions of the fear-mongerers about our vulnerability. Wrong, yet again. Seldom in history have the people of a great nation … Continue reading Good news about Ebola and its terrifying mortality rate

We awake from fears of an Ebola pandemic in America. Now let’s ask who’s responsible…

Summary: The initial infection in America has burned out. Nina Pham is in "fair" condition; Amber Vinson's condition private at the family's request. Many of those exposed, including the deceased man's (Thomas Duncan) fiancée, have cleared quarantine. Some who contracted the disease in West Africa but received modern treatment have recovered (nurse William Pooley and … Continue reading We awake from fears of an Ebola pandemic in America. Now let’s ask who’s responsible…

DoD shows its strength, mobilizing to protect us from Ebola (a sad story about America)

Summary: Conservatives' decades-long efforts to delegitimize and shrink the US government have had many successes, such as decreasing public confidence in the Republic's institutions (except the military) and decaying infrastructure (except for the military). Sadly we are blind to this slow relentless attack on the Republic, even when we see the effects on this news. … Continue reading DoD shows its strength, mobilizing to protect us from Ebola (a sad story about America)