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See the ugly cost of the next big flu pandemic. We can do more to prepare.

Summary: Epidemics of Ebola and Zika remind us of a danger too long ignored in favor of more glamorous model-based threats like global warming and fear-based nightmare jihadis with WMDs. Recurring epidemics are facts of history. Here 3 economists, including Larry Summers, look at the likely consequences of another influenza epidemic (like that of 1918, …

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Professor Hugh Pennington: The story so far of the Zika epidemic

Summary: A new year, another epidemic (they’re all “pandemics” in our fearful world) – Zika. In a world of seven billion people linked by rapid transportation, epidemics will become increasingly common. That does not mean that hysteria need accompany each and every one. As with Avian Flue and Ebola, the FM website provides you with …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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