We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A second case of ebola in a Texas HCW, clearly "nature will out". Nature defies, defeats, and stomps on the neck of human hubris. Shouldn't WE ALL have learned this from the movie "Jurassic Park" or did some of us miss the moral of the story?
Ebola can be contained but not if you follow the politicized advice of the CDC and HHS. Their first priority isn't containing the virus but rather the build up an Obama legacy for helping Africa. It pains Obam, and the Dems, that Bush is well-respected in Africa for his efforts to contain AIDS.
But expect to see panic rising in the Left. As more test positive in the run up to the election. Every one is an indictment against big government. Sadly, disease containment is a valid job for government, even if it seems beyond their ability due to having fewer opportunities for graft and funneling money to Democrat donors.
Not sure if the stock market headed down constitutes a Black Swan but with commodities headed south as well it is a bit unnerving. Just a correction or are we seeing the beginning of deflation?
Here is how wikipedia defines Black Swans:
The black swan theory or theory of black swan events is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight.
The theory was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb to explain:
The disproportionate role of high-profile, hard-to-predict, and rare events that are beyond the realm of normal expectations in history, science, finance, and technology.
The non-computability of the probability of the consequential rare events using scientific methods (owing to the very nature of small probabilities).
The psychological biases that make people individually and collectively blind to uncertainty and unaware of the massive role of the rare event in historical affairs.
Unlike the earlier philosophical "black swan problem", the "black swan theory" refers only to unexpected events of large magnitude and consequence and their dominant role in history. Such events, considered extreme outliers, collectively play vastly larger roles than regular occurrences. More technically, in the scientific monograph Lectures on Probability and Risk in the Real World: Fat Tails (Volume 1), Taleb mathematically defines the black swan problem as "stemming from the use of degenerate metaprobability".
The CDC started out behind the 8-ball and incredibly they have done little to change that in the weeks since ebola came to America. The CDC squandered their money and attention on social issues and this was a direct result of Obama's intent and his appointees mandate from the administration. Whatever else you might think about the ebola crisis it is Obama's crisis. Many on the internet now call him president Ebama or president Ebola. I will make a simple prediction; if Ebola cases continues to increase in this country the CDC and/or the president will finally decide that travel restriction from West Africa are indeed the right thing to do. They aren't the right thing now when they can do the most good but if the public awareness rises above the level of watching reality shows then the administration will be forced to do what it should have done before the first victim was brought back to the U.S. and restrict travel and treat victims where they are and not bring them here.
In D'Souza's movie, America, he points out that Alinsky saw an opening in the Hippie movement to radicalize them. I don't discount this influence. After all, it started life as a sort of libertine/libertarian movement and ended up, or at least spawning a tyrannical movement.