Thursday, October 30, 2014
My UK email may go offline for a few hours as I move it from London to
Los Angeles. My other 20 email addresses probably still workok.
Another pet peeve: computers were better before windows. I like the old
command line. Apple got big on windows since 1983, Microsoft since 1995.
Much harder touse or program. Sloppy, slow.
I like the old green screens. Blue light interferes with sleep.
I like old Fortran IVpopular around 1970.
Turbo Pascal 1983 was great too.
I still use 1970s plain old C.
I liked the computers and internet of decades past. Modern computers are
as bad as modern food. I am usingthem less and less and am tempted to go
offline forever. Working on building my own secure Linux computer.
Computers are so complicated now there is no real securityonlineas noted
by Dan Kaufman, Director, Information Innovation Office, DARPA DOD.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—The ubiquity of a handful of computer programs,
such as Microsoft Corp. 's Word or Apple Inc. 's OSX operating system,
is endangering us all, a Defense Department official said Tuesday at The
Wall Street Journal's WSJD Live Global Technology Conference.
Dan Kaufman, head of innovation at the Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency, said the widespread use of such programs gives hackers
an easy way to target scores of people with one security hole.
"Cybersecurity today is just fundamentally broken," Mr. Kaufman said,
"deeply and fundamentally broken."
Hackers find their way into machines—both classified networks and
retailers—by searching for unnoticed flaws in the software these
networks use. After an initial incident, it can take weeks or years for
other companies to patch their systems to prevent a similar incident
using the software hole exploited in the original attack.
That gives hackers a big window to reuse the same cyberweapon.
The Defense Department official was joined on stage by Kevin Mandia,
chief operating officer at FireEye Inc., which on Tuesday released a
detailed report on a Russian cyberspying campaign that has relied on the
same set of tools since 2007.
Mr. Dan Kaufman is the Director of the Information Innovation Office. In
this position he is responsible for identifying and creating promising
new information technologies and developing DARPA programs to exploit
these advances for the benefit of the DoD. Mr. Kaufman staffs the Office
and works with I2O program managers to develop concepts and plans for
new programs and to transition I2O research and development products to
end users. Before being named Director of I2O, Mr. Dan Kaufman served as
the DARPA Defense Science Office (DSO) Program Manager for the RealWorld
Program, a computer system designed to allow soldiers to rapidly create
their own mission rehearsal scenarios in geo-specific terrain over a
scalable and fully distributed network.
Before joining DARPA/DSO, Mr. Kaufman worked for Auratio Consulting,
where he handled a wide variety of deals with a number of investment
bankers, venture capitalists and private companies. Prior to his
consulting efforts, Mr. Kaufman worked for Kalisto Entertainment on
general business operations and producing/designing the products Dark
Earth, Nightmare Creatures and Ultim@te Race. Before Kalisto, Mr.
Kaufman was Co-Chief Operating Officer at Dreamworks Interactive, a
joint venture between Microsoft and Dreamworks SKG. Earlier in his
career Mr. Kaufman was an attorney with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison
(Palo Alto, CA), conducting transactions in the high technology industry
ranging from semiconductor chips to biotechnology to software companies.
Mr. Kaufman co-authored an 800-page textbook entitled: Corporate
Partnering: Structuring and Negotiating Domestic and International
Strategic Alliances. He has lectured at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and U.C.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Large-Scale Agriculture and Hospitals Breed Drug-Resistant Superbugs
Meat Is Frequently Tainted with Drug-Resistant Bacteria
When Greed Trumps Human Welfare, Tragedy Is Sure to Follow
Industry Is Still Looking Out for Itself at Your Expense
Thursday, October 23, 2014
He is a licensed physician.
If true this is a disaster. We will face a full blown epidemic with
millions dead. Prepare to evacuate. You must be able to live without
going to grocery stores or any public place with people. I was
expecting an epidemic but Ebola Obama is worse and faster moving than I
had forecast. Idid not think that the government could be some dumb as
what this video suggests.
> This physician called into the Alex Jones show this AM and stated that physicians in the Missouri area had been threatened with losing their medical license if they divulge there are active Ebola cases in their hospitals. Dr. Lawrenzi stated:
> Patients diagnosed with Ebola are being taken AMA ( against medical advice) and being disappeared.
> M95 masks and biohazard suits are being removed from HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) hospitals and not being replaced. Staff is being told there is no Ebola risk.
> Staff is being told not to use the word "Ebola."
> Staff is told by administration that multiple cases of Ebola were actually malaria or typhoid fever.
> Dr. Lawrenzi believes Ebola is either being hidden or deliberately being spread.
> Dr. Lawrenzi's remarks are confirmed by statements made by other physicians around the country who would not allow their names to be used. They confirm they are under threat of losing their licenses for disclosure of any of this information.
> Head of the retired Border Patrol Agents Association (former Chief of the Border Patrol) states that his sources say that CDC is at the border and disappearing illegals that have Ebola symptoms.
> Cass Regional Medical Center
> 2800 East Rock Haven Road
> Harrisonville, MO 64701
> Telephone: (816) 380-3474
> James Lawrenzi, DO
> Archie Medical Clinic
> 709 E. Pine St.
> Archie, MO 64725
> (816) 430-5777
> James Lawrenzi, DO, holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Drury
> University and received his medical degree from Kansas City University
> of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed an internship and residency
> in family medicine at Truman Lakewood Medical Center, and is affiliated
> with Harrisonville Family Medicine, Inc. In addition to his practice at
> Archie Medical Clinic and Garden City Medical Clinic, Dr. Lawrenzi
> serves as the collaborating physician for nurse practitioners Jackie
> Schlagle, FNP, and Karmen Goosey, FNP.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I walked 66 miles in the last 6 days. Caught a big fish in 5 minutes
but it got away.
Excellent interview of brilliant MIT professor explaining the health
benefits of sunlight and garlic (sulfur). I ate a lot of garlic in
Hawaii to get some of these benefits.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014
past 3 days. Branson is a very healthy environment. Sleep is important
-- brain cells shrink 50% and expel toxins that are removed via the
glymphatic system. Another great idea is to eat more fat, like butter,
cream, sour cream, egg yolks. Cholesterol is most concentrated in the
brain where it is needed for proper function. The low fat diet is bad
for brain function. PBS People's Pharmacy had a great hour show on the
benefits of high-fat today. Unfortunately I went low-fat after the
government recommendations in 1977 when I started carbo-loading for
marathon running in Boston. Never could figure out why I gained 15
pounds around my waist from running as compared to weightlifting (hi
protein + fat diet). 2 summers ago I started eating butter and
immediately lost that 15 pounds. Butter has many other benefits too. She
is a very clear speaker. I already knew most of this information but it
is good to hear it clearly. She is a New York Times journalist. The show
is as much about politics and government stupidity as it is about science.
Show 966: The Benefits of Butter
Does a low-carb high-fat eating plan provide the basis for a healthy diet?
The People's Pharmacy October 15, 2014 Radio Shows
For decades, Americans have been warned to step away from the cheese and
leave the butter untouched.
Saturated fat was believed to clog the arteries and lead to heart
attacks and early death. But what was the basis for those admonitions?
Where's the science?
The science of the popular prescriptions for a low-fat diet is
surprisingly slim. Many of the recommendations that have become policy
drew as much on politics as on research.
Are there unintended consequences of following a low-fat diet? What role
should vegetable oil play in a heart-healthy approach to eating?
We discuss Mediterranean, low-fat and Atkins-type diets, learn about
some interesting early research on nutrition and consider how dietary
recommendations can become so emotionally charged.
This Week's Guest
Nina Teicholz is an investigational reporter who has written for The New
York Times, the Washington Post and the New Yorker.
Her bestselling book is The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and
Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.
Listen to the Show
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The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
by Nina Teicholz
The ECONOMIST: "Ms Teicholz's book is a gripping read for anyone who has
ever tried to eat healthily....This is not an obvious page-turner. But
In The Big Fat Surprise, investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals
the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fat is
wrong. She documents how the low-fat nutrition advice of the past sixty
years has amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire
population, with disastrous consequences for our health.
For decades, we have been told that the best possible diet involves
cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat, and that if we are not
getting healthier or thinner it must be because we are not trying hard
enough. But what if the low-fat diet is itself the problem? What if the
very foods we've been denying ourselves—the creamy cheeses, the sizzling
steaks—are themselves the key to reversing the epidemics of obesity,
diabetes, and heart disease?
In this captivating, vibrant, and convincing narrative, based on a
nine-year-long investigation, Teicholz shows how the misinformation
about saturated fats took hold in the scientific community and the
public imagination, and how recent findings have overturned these
beliefs. She explains why the Mediterranean Diet is not the healthiest,
and how we might be replacing trans fats with something even worse. This
startling history demonstrates how nutrition science has gotten it so
wrong: how overzealous researchers, through a combination of ego, bias,
and premature institutional consensus, have allowed dangerous
misrepresentations to become dietary dogma.
With eye-opening scientific rigor, The Big Fat Surprise upends the
conventional wisdom about all fats with the groundbreaking claim that
more, not less, dietary fat—including saturated fat—is what leads to
better health and wellness. Science shows that we have been needlessly
avoiding meat, cheese, whole milk, and eggs for decades and that we can
now, guilt-free, welcome these delicious foods back into our lives.
"[Teicholz] has a gift for translating complex data into an engaging
forensic narrative... [The Big Fat Surprise] is a lacerating indictment
of Big Public Health... More than a book about food and health or even
hubris; it is a tragedy for our information age. From the very
beginning, we had the statistical means to understand why things did not
add up; we had a boatload of Cassandras, a chorus of warnings; but they
were ignored, castigated, suppressed. We had our big fat villain, and we
still do." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Ms Teicholz's book is a gripping read for anyone who has ever tried to
eat healthily.... This is not an obvious page-turner. But it is.... The
vilification of fat, argues Ms Teicholz, does not stand up to closer
examination. She pokes holes in famous pieces of research—the Framingham
heart study, the Seven Countries study, the Los Angeles Veterans Trial,
to name a few—describing methodological problems or overlooked results,
until the foundations of this nutritional advice look increasingly
shaky." (The Economist)
Teicholz's book shows that not only are foods rich in saturated fat not
harmful to our hearts, but they actually are good for us.… Read
Teicholz's excellent book and tell me you aren't convinced she's right.
"A devastating new book.... [The Big Fat Surprise] shows that the
low-fat craze was based on flimsy evidence. Nina Teicholz, an
experienced journalist who spent eight years tracking down all the
evidence for and against the advice to eat low-fat diets, finds that it
was based on flimsy evidence, supported by an intolerant consensus
backed by vested interests and amplified by a docile press." (The Times
The Big Fat Surprise should become mandatory reading in every science
class.... Teicholz describes the human story of how bad science became
federal policy, especially concerning the question of heart disease."
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)
"Teicholz has a knack for discovering long-lost research…. The Big Fat
Surprise—well written and hard to put down—should help Americans wake
up—certainly a few, and hopefully a great many—before it is too late."
(Sally Fallon Morell, President Weston A. Price Foundation)
"Bottom line: Teicholz's book is well worth reading. It is an
eye-opening dissection of some of the long-held nutrition myths we have
accepted as fact." (Psychology Today)
"Impeccably researched and expertly written, the prose glides while the
citations are more than 100 pages in length. Through nearly a decade of
research for the book, Teicholz consulted experts in the fields of
research and epidemiology, clinicians and physicians, politicians and
journalists, authors and food industry leaders. The Big Fat Surprise is
a cross between a Who's Who of the food policy world and Edward Gibbon's
extensive work The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire:
it offers a complete record of the nutrition paradigm shift, from the
birth of the diet-heart hypothesis, to the fabrication of the
Mediterranean Diet, to the study of the Atkins Diet in action. Teicholz
leaves no stone unturned..." (Paleo Magazine)
"Solid, well-reported science… Like a bloodhound, Teicholz tracks the
process by which a hypothesis morphs into truth without the benefit of
supporting data." (Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review))
"This fascinating book raises important issues as Americans battle
obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease…. Thought provoking and
well worth purchasing." (Library Journal)
"Nina Teicholz reveals the disturbing underpinnings of the profoundly
misguided dietary recommendations that have permeated modern society,
culminating in our overall health decline. But The Big Fat Surprise is
refreshingly empowering. This wonderfully researched text provides the
reader with total validation for welcoming healthful fats back to the
table, paving the way for weight loss, health and longevity." (David
Perlmutter, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain)
"A page-turner story of science gone wrong: what Gary Taubes did in Good
Calories, Bad Calories for debunking the connection between fat
consumption and obesity, Nina Teicholz now does in Big Fat Surprise for
the purported connection between fat and heart disease. Misstep by
misstep, blunder by blunder, Ms. Teicholz recounts the statistical
cherry-picking, political finagling, and pseudoscientific bullying that
brought us to yet another of the biggest mistakes in health and
nutrition, the low-fat and low-saturated fat myth for heart health."
(William Davis, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly)
"At last the whole truth about the luscious foods our bodies really
need!" (Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the
New York Times bestseller Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom)
"This meticulously researched book thoroughly dismantles the current
dietary dogma that fat--particularly saturated fat--is bad for us.
Teicholz brings to life the key personalities in the field and uncovers
how nutritional science has gotten it so wrong. There aren't enough
superlatives to describe this journalistic tour de force. I read it
twice: once for the information and again just for the writing."
(Michael R. Eades, M.D., author of the New York Times bestseller Protein
"The Big Fat Surprise delivers on its title, exposing the shocking news
that much of what "everybody knows" about a healthy diet is in fact all
wrong. This book documents how misunderstanding, misconduct and bad
science caused generations to be misled about nutrition. Anyone
interested in either food or health will want to read to this book."
(Nathan Myhrvold, author of Modernist Cuisine)
"As an epidemiologist, I am awestruck. Nina Teicholz has critically
reviewed virtually the entire literature, a prodigiously difficult task,
and she has interviewed most of the leading protagonists. The result is
outstanding: readable and informative, with forthright text written in
plain English that can easily be understood by the general reader."
(Samuel Shapiro, retired, formerly at the Boston University School of
About the Author
Nina Teicholz has written for Gourmet magazine, The New Yorker, The
Economist, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She also
reported for National Public Radio. She lives in New York with her
husband and two sons.
Okay, look. I'm about as biased a reviewer as you can get. I read Gary
Taubes' Good Calories Bad Calories in 2008 and was so moved by it that I
radically overhauled my diet and started writing and researching about
nutrition and obesity as a hobby.
So when I had the opportunity to review an advance copy of Nina
Teicholz's Big Fat Surprise, I assumed I would enjoy it and agree with
her conclusions... but I was in no way expecting to be so surprised and
delighted by it... and so infuriated by the nasty nutrition politics
that she exposes.
Could a single man, Ancel Benjamin Keys, indirectly be responsible for
more mayhem than any other figure from the 20th century?
Was Keys' so-called "diet-heart hypothesis" -- which convinced a
generation to eschew eating fat and turn instead to sugar, carbohydrate
and processed vegetable oils -- one of the most deadly ideas of modern
These and other troubling thoughts can't help but bubble to mind as you
read Teicholz's nutritional thriller.
I'll get to the juicy details in a second. But first, the overview:
In the middle of the 20th century, thanks to Ancel Keys and several
other arrogant researchers, we began to fear dietary fat as an agent of
heart disease and other ills. So we revised our diet to be "healthier"
and wound up, ironically, suffering through profound epidemics of
obesity, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases as a result.
Teicholz's lucid summary of this disaster, The Questionable Link Between
Saturated Fat and Heart Disease, was the #1 most read editorial in a
recent issue of the Wall Street Journal. Her piece prompted conservative
pundit, Rush Limbaugh, to do a lengthy expose on his talk show about the
low fat diet myth.
I hesitate to be optimistic, but we may be witnessing a wave of
mainstream support for Teicholz and Taubes' signature ideas about
nutrition and health.
In addition to Limbaugh's harangue against Keys and the low fat diet,
Dr. Oz — arguably the most influential doctor on TV — recently admitted
that he was "wrong" about saturated fat being dangerous. Guest
appearances by Dr. Peter Attia and Dr. David Perlmutter on Oz's show
also attest to Oz's change of heart.
Meanwhile, documentarian Morgan Spurlock (of Supersize Me fame) recently
admitted: "I am not eating carbohydrates, no bread, no pasta, no sugar.
I feel better than I ever have."
Katie Couric's new documentary, Fed Up, which opens this weekend (as I
write this review), also calls B.S. on the low fat high sugar diet and
questions the idea that all calories are equal.
And a massive meta-analysis of 72 studies published in February in the
Annals of Internal Medicine ,which exonerated saturated fat in no
uncertain terms, is just the latest in a growing fusillade of attacks on
the conventional "eat less fat and more carbs" nonsense.
We've still got a long road ahead, though, and many misconceptions
persist. That's one of the reasons Teicholz's book is so important.
Interview with Jeremiah Stamler
Stamler was a colleague and contemporary of Keys, and he and Keys
advocated aggressively for the diet-heart hypothesis. Stamler led the
Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial (MRFIT), a $115 million dollar
experiment carried out from 1973-1982. It was a catastrophic failure for
the diet-heart hypothesis, as Teicholz describes, yet its failure
changed nothing about how the nutrition establishment operated.
In an interview with Stamler, she pointed out the following paradox: a
1997 follow up to MRFIT found that the treatment group had higher rates
of lung cancer than the control group did, despite the fact that 21% of
the treatment group had quit smoking compared with 6% of the control
group. Stamler responded: "I don't know! That could be a chance find…
it's just one of those findings. Troublesome. Unexpected. Not explained.
Slaying Dean Ornish's Cherished Study Claiming That His Diet "Reversed"
Teicholz also interviewed Dean Ornish, the most celebrated modern
advocate of low fat diets, and analyzed the study that made him a
nutritional star. A 1998 article published in the Journal of the
American Medical Association (JAMA) helped make Ornish a household name.
But this study was PLENTY flawed and got outsized pressed.
Teicholz writes: "Curious about the findings, I called Key Lance Gould,
director of cardiology at the University of Texas, who helped Ornish
launch his research career and was a co-author with Ornish on the JAMA
papers…. On the phone, I could almost hear Gould's incredulity over how
Ornish promoted their study results. 'Most people do a study and get one
paper. Dean does one study and gets a bunch of papers. There's a certain
skill in marketing a small little piece of data. He's really a genius at
Fascinating Critical Reappraisal of Olive Oil and the Mediterranean Diet
We all "know" olive oil is one of the healthiest substances known to
humanity. Right? Well, how did these beliefs develop, and is there good
science to back them up? Teicholz's explosive expose on the origins of
the Mediterranean Diet and our (modern) fetishization for olive oil will
blow your mind.
Here's a nice gem: "…when [famous Harvard University nutrition
professor] Walter Willett unveiled the Mediterranean pyramid in 1993, no
controlled clinical trials of the diet had ever been done."
The Scary Rise of Soybean Oil
Teicholz recounts the bizarre story of multimillionare, Philip Sokolof,
who bought a full page ad in the New York Times in 1988 trumpeting "THE
POISONING OF AMERICA" by saturated fats.
She also reveals a deeply disturbing graph published in the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition showing how soybean oil consumption has
skyrocketed. "Americans now eat over 1,000 times more soybean oil than
they did in 1909, the biggest change in the American diet."
I could go on. The book is a brilliant whodunnit, and I cannot recommend
it highly enough. Stop. Do not pass go: get your copy NOW.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Governments and the medical industry will probably keep Ebola from
exploding in the USA. However, I am starting to read the news (have not
seen Drudge for years) for new cases. Also am modifying my behavior to
avoid crowds, etc. I don't need to go near people who might have Ebola
while walking along the lake enjoying gorgeous fall weather. If there is
suddenly a lot of new cases or the virus has mutated or is more
contagious than thought, then head for the hills. An interesting
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
oxygen but a few are starting to change color. I counted 2 road kill
deer as I drove to Springfield yesterday. My electric bill was $26.03
for the last month. Gas $2.75 per gallon and dropping fast. Deflating
gas price means deflated health if people drive more instead of walking.
Ebola SHTF and cheap gas means people can escape the cities into any
part of the country. Distance from city is not as important as distance
from roads and flat land. Buy acres in rugged terrain away from roads.
It is really easy to hide and hard to find people in rugged areas. Buy
a BB gun and fish hooks. Feast on fish and fowl during the crisis
without alerting the enemy. Learn archery in case you happen on
described the big bruin as "a good-sized bear" but nowhere near the size
of some others taken this season, including a 530 pounder and a 638
pounder. "We've had the best mast crop (acorns and berries) that we've
had in a decade," "Every berry crop hit a bumper crop this year so the
bears had a lot to eat." Ironically, last year's harvest of 288 bears
was a record low number, not because of a lack of bears but because
abundant food kept the bears in the forest and away from bait stations.
"When there's plenty of natural food around the bears don't respond to
bait," Means said. "This has been a perfect year for heavyweight bears."
Kenneth Mize considered a trip to Maine or Canada to satisfy his desire
to hunt a black bear.But he only had to go as far as his family property
in northcentral Arkansas to bag a huge black bear Oct. 1.With wife Jenay
in the hunting blind next to him, Mize, 60, made a perfect shot with a
150-pound-pull crossbow on the big male that measured 6 feet 5.5 inches
from nose to tail, with an estimated weight of more than 400 pounds."He
was 10 to 12 yards from us and turned just right for me to make a clean
shot," recalled Mize, who has been a hunter since age 12. "He went about
25 yards then laid down and died. I was OK taking the shot, but after he
laid down, that's when the shakes set in."Mize said a black bear first
showed up on family property three years ago and tore up a corn feeder
they had set out for wildlife."This year we put feeders up again and he
came through and tore up a couple of them," Mize said.Putting bait out
to attract bears is legal in Arkansas if done on private property, and
it didn't take long for the big bear to show up within range at the corn
bait near Mize's tree stand."I never really thought that would happen,
me getting a bear," Mize said. "There were not that many around here
when I was growing up."The bear was skinned and yielded a large pelt,
which Mize has in the freezer until he decides whether to do a full
taxidermy mount or a bear rug.
The bear's meat also will provide many family meals, Jenay Mize said."I
had never eaten bear before, but we did eat it and it's actually very
good," Jenay said. "It tastes similar to deer but is not quite as gamey
tasting as deer. I made a big roast with it and cooked it well done. It
was very good."The Mize freezer is now filled with a number of bear
roasts, steaks and stew meat. Jenay emphasized she and her husband are
not trophy hunters."In my opinion if we don't eat it we don't kill it,"
she said. "That's the way we were raised."Across the border to the
north, Missouri doesn't yet have a hunting season on black bears.
Conservation researchers are monitoring Missouri bears and estimate
there currently are around 300 in the state.But if the state's bear
population grows the way it has in Arkansas, bear hunting might
happen."In Arkansas, it has been the most successful reintroduction of a
large carnivore, not just in the United States, but in the world,"
according to Myron Means, bear program coordinator with Arkansas Game
and Fish Commission. .
Arkansas reopened bear hunting in 1980 following a highly successful
effort to rebuild the state's bear population, He said Arkansas used to
be known as the "bear state" and had more than 50,000 bears living in
its dense forests before the region was settled."By 1927, the Arkansas
General Assembly made it illegal to kill bears because the population
had dropped to less than 50 bears," Means said. "It's hard for us to be
known as the bear state if we didn't have any bears."From 1958-1968,
Arkansas reintroduced black bears, bringing them in from Minnesota and
Canada. When bear hunting was reopened, Means said there were
approximately 1,800 black bears in Arkansas and that number has since
grown to more than 5,000 today.
Arkansas hunters typically harvest 400 to 500 bears a year from seven
managed "bear regions.""We have a quota system where we harvest 10
percent of the estimated population from each region," Means said.It's
very likely that some black bears have crossed the border into Missouri
from Arkansas. Missouri researchers currently are tracking bear numbers
in the state."I have no doubt they're getting some bears from Arkansas
up into the Mark Twain National Forest," he said. "These bears are
expanding their region. Southeast Oklahoma opened a bear season six
years ago and northeast Oklahoma is considering opening a season."
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I tend to agree that Ebola should not pose much of a hazard to
Americans. It does serve as a warning, though, to get prepared for
worse. Never underestimate the stupidity of politicians.
Decades ago when I first started looking at such diseases they were not
considered much of a threat because they are so lethal. People died
before they could spread the disease (much different from HIV AIDS).
However germs mutate. This strain of Ebola may have become able to
spread more easily. Further, in the USA people are doped up with all
kinds of drugs and antibiotics. They eat junk food GMO CAFO and other
foods, and are chemicalized with pesticides, herbicides,... So USA weak
immune systems and disturbed internals. Essentially Americans have
become vats for breeding worse and worse germs (why I moved to Lake
Tahoe in 1995.)
Obama needs to keep Africans and Ebola out of the USA. USA does not want
this disease to spread here and mutate into something much worse. Some
of the rich 1% may have figured out that Ebola could clobber the
economy. Hopefully they will act to stop the disease. Like get serious
on quarantine and banning all traffic to and from Africa. Other
countries need to do the same. Sick can fly all over the world and maybe
infect other passengers on the way to the USA. Without decisive
preventative action this epidemic could fly out of control and kill
millions. Even though it should be easily contained. Watch news from
Africa to see what can happen here if Obama does not act.
Better speed up self defense measures as a precaution: Remote acres with
livestock where you can live without outside food, water, fuel,
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A top scientist worries that Ebola has mutated to become more contagious
Peter Jahrling, one of the country's top scientists, has dedicated his
life to studying some of the most dangerous viruses on the planet.
Twenty-five years ago, he cut his teeth on Lassa hemorrhagic fever,
hunting for Ebola's viral cousin in Liberia. In 1989, he helped discover
Reston, a new Ebola strain, in his Virginia lab.
Jahrling now serves as a chief scientist at the National Institute of
Infectious Diseases, where he runs the emerging viral pathogens section.
He has been watching this Ebola epidemic with a mixture of horror,
concern and scientific curiosity.And there's one thing he's found
particularly worrisome: the mutations of
the virus that are circulating now look to be more contagious than the
ones that have turned up in the past.
When his team has run testson patients in Liberia, they seem to carry a
much higher "viral load." In other words, Ebola victims today have more
of the virus in their
blood — and that could make them more contagious.
We spoke last week about his work studying the disease, how this Ebola
virus may be
more dangerous than others, and what that means for the epidemic. What
follows is a transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for clarity
If you want to learn more about Ebola and this epidemic, read our cardstack.
Julia Belluz: What concerns you most about the virus circulating now?
PeterJahrling: I want to know if this virus is intrinsically different from
the one we have seen before, if it is a more virulent strain. We are
using tests now that weren't using in the past, but there seems to be a
belief that the virus load is higher in these patients [today] than what
we have seen before. If true, that's a very different bug.
One of the studies we're going to do here is to test the virulence of this
new strain in experimentally infected primates and compare it with the
reference strain, and look at whether it is hotter, extrapolating from
monkeys to people. It may be that the virus burns hotter and quicker
[meaning it's more contagious and easily spread].
JB: Yet everyone is worried about Ebola going airborne...
You're seeing all these patients getting infected, so people think
there must be aerosol spread. Certainly, it's very clear that people who
are in close contact with patients are getting a very high incidence of
disease and not all of that can be explained by preparation of bodies
for burial and all the standard stuff. But if you are to assume that the
differences in virus load detected in the blood are reflected by
differences in virus load spread by body secretions, then maybe it's a
simple quantitative difference. There's just more virus.
"viral loads are coming up very quickly and really high, higher than
they are used to seeing."
JB: A higher viral load means this Ebola virus can spread faster and
Yes. I have a field team in Monrovia. They are running [tests]. They
are telling me that viral loads are coming up very quickly and really
high, higher than they are used to seeing. It turns out that in limited
studies with the evacuated patients, they continued to express virus in
blood and semen. What does that mean? Right now, we just don't know.
JB: Can you entertain the air-borne hypothesis. Do you think it's plausible?
You can argue that any time the virus replicates it's going to mutate.
So there is a potential for the thing to acquire an aerogenic property
but that would have to be a dramatic change. When scientists have done
studies, playing with influenza strains to make them more virulent,
when they increase the aerosol potential of a flu strain, they also
reduce its virulence. So when you start messing with viruses, you
usually make them less virulent.
JB: There have been worries that Ebola can become a pandemic like
HIV and spread around the world. Even Tom Frieden, director of the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was recently saying as much.
PJ: The mode of transmission is different between the two viruses.
Ebola causes an acute infection which you either die from or you're
immune, you don't carry the virus for long periods of time. Whereas with
AIDS, a lot of people transmitting AIDS didn't know they have it.
Before we had a triple cocktail therapy, AIDS was lethal with the
exception of a few people who were not susceptible. Long term AIDS was
hotter than Ebola. My gut feeling is that Ebola is going to burn out in
JB: Why are you optimistic about this epidemic burning out?
In this epidemic, it would appear that there have been multiple
introductions [of the virus from animals to humans]. It's not all person
to person transmission. It's coming from animals again and again. [This
means people need to be near potential animal hosts — believed to be
fruit bats endemic to Africa — to get the virus.] Now there are all
these different strains. That could also mean the virus is more mutable.
We can't yet say. I think it's unlikely that this thing is going to
perpetuate in humans.
What is the Ebola virus?
Most people's views of
Ebola are probably informed by Hollywood — they think of it as a deadly
and contagious virus that swirls around the world, striking everyone in
its path and causing them to hemorrhage from their eyeballs, ears and
mouth until there is no more blood to spill.
Remember this 1995 film?
In reality, Ebola is something quite different. About half of the people
who contract Ebola die. The others return to a normal life after a
months-long recovery that can include periods of hair loss, sensory
changes, weakness, fatigue, headaches, eye and liver
As for the blood: While Ebola can cause people to hemorrhage, about
half of Ebola sufferers ever experience that Biblical bleeding that's
become synonymous with the virus.
More often than not, Ebola strikes like the worst and most
humiliating flu you could imagine. People get the sweats, along with
body aches and pains. Then they start vomiting and having uncontrollable
diarrhea. These symptoms can appear anywhere between two and 21 days
after exposure to the virus. Sometimes, they go into shock. Sometimes,
they bleed. Again, about half of those infected with the virus die,
andthis usually happens fairly quickly — within a few days or a couple of
weeks of getting sick.
There are five strains of Ebola, four of
which have caused the disease in humans: Zaire, Sudan, Taï Forest, and
The fifth, Reston, has infected nonhuman primates only.
Though scientists haven't been able to confirm this, the animal host
of Ebola is widely believed to be the fruit bat, and the virus only
seldomly makes the leap into humans.
The Ebola virus is extremely rare. Among the leading causes of death in
Africa, it only
accounts for a tiny fraction. People are much more likely to die from
AIDS, respiratory infections, or diarrhea, as you can see.
The current outbreak involves the Zaire strain, which was
discovered in 1976 — the year Ebola was first identified in what was
then Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). That same year,
the virus was also discovered in South Sudan.
Since 1976, there have only been about 20 known Ebola outbreaks. Until
last year, the
total impact of these outbreaks included 2,357 cases and 1,548 deaths,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They all
occurred in isolated or remote areas of Africa, and Ebola never had a
chance to go very far.
And that's what makes the 2014 outbreak
so remarkable: the virus has spread to five countries in Africa plus
America, and has already infected more than 8,000 people. It has
killed more than 4,000 people. That is more than triple the sum total
of all previous outbreaks combined.
Monday, October 13, 2014
NYTimes: W.H.O. Chief Calls Ebola Outbreak a 'Crisis for International Peace'
The virus's spread in West Africa is "unquestionably the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times," said Dr. Margaret Chan, the body's director general.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Pouring rain this morning, thunder, lightning. Missouri Illinois Iowa
Midwest harvests are slow because the fields are too muddy. This is our
dry season. Rain is a little below average so far this year. Has been
nice and warm for a week, very beautiful with lots of wildflowers and
mushrooms everywhere. I will lift weights indoors instead of walking
I bought $2.98 gasoline Monday. By Thursday price has already deflated
to $2.91 probably due to lack of demand for fuel with less flights to
and from Africa. China is a big investor in Africa. Buy chocolate
before it runs out. Deflation is spreading to Stocks and Gold. Time to
sell Dead Stocks and buy LiveStockin the form of cows, hens, pigs,
sheep, goats,bees,... Get ready to head for the hills if ebola arrives
I am surprised Obamais not doing more to combat Ebola such as banning
all travel to and from Africa -- a complete quarantine and embargo. By
letting Ebola spread Obama may cause a huge economic crashworse than the
great depression. The commonrefrain that Obama is an idiot may not be
far off the mark. Government stupidity may be one of the reasons for
recent volatility in the stock market-graphs attached. Coupled with
irrational investor sheeple herding to exits and off the cliff we may
see a stock market crash even if ebola is controlled as it should be,
easily. Stupidity coupled with irrationality is an incurable double
whammy feature of human behavior.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
American health officials believe Mr. Duncan did not have a fever when he arrived in the United States, a view seconded by his family. "There's a sense that this is a be-all-and-end-all and that this will put up an iron curtain, but it won't," said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University. "At the very most, all we are buying here is some reduction of anxiety." He added, "That's worth something because, at the moment, we have a much larger outbreak of anxiety than we have of Ebola."
The measures will go into effect on Saturday at Kennedy International Airport in New York. J.F.K. receives about 43 percent of the people who fly to the United States from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Next week, screenings will begin at Washington Dulles, which gets 22 percent of such travelers, and at Newark Liberty International, O'Hare International in Chicago and Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta.
After a passport check, airport workers will lead travelers to a special area and point a thermometer at their foreheads. The workers will also ask travelers questions. A fever can be a symptom of Ebola. Those who have a fever will be taken to a quarantine area in the airports and evaluated by an official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It will be up to local health departments whether to place them in quarantine.
In Texas, for example, health authorities required some people who had contact with Mr. Duncan to be monitored by health professionals to be sure their temperatures were properly tracked, said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the C.D.C. director.
"Ebola is scary — it's a deadly disease," he said. "But we know how to stop it."
He added, "Health workers throughout the U.S. need to think Ebola."
The number of travelers from the affected West African countries is relatively small, and Dr. Frieden said the measures were unlikely to be disruptive. Only about 150 people a day come to the United States from the three countries, and the five airports receive about 94 percent of them.
In Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, local workers trained by the C.D.C. have been screening people as they depart from Africa. Of the roughly 36,000 travelers who left the three countries over the past two months, about a quarter came to the United States, officials said. Of those, just 77 had symptoms, such as a fever. Most were related to malaria, a disease spread by mosquitoes. None were Ebola, Dr. Frieden said.
The last large-scale effort to stop a disease at American airports came during the epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, a viral infection that may spread through the air. Travelers were given yellow cards that explained its signs and symptoms and were told they should seek medical care if they developed symptoms. But there was no American requirement that people flying in from countries with SARS cases have their temperatures taken.
There have been calls to ban travel from the affected countries altogether, but Dr. Frieden said that would be counterproductive. It would harm the surging international effort underway to quell the disease in West Africa, he said, because health and aid workers traveling to the region would not be able to return.
Dr. Frieden said the response to SARS was a cautionary tale: The outbreak cost the world more than $40 billion in what he said were "unnecessary and ineffective travel and trade changes."
"Banning travel would do more harm than good, and paradoxically, it would increase the risk to Americans," Dr. Frieden said. "People going in have to come out, too. The ability to respond to the outbreak would be undermined."
The federal government has had substantial legal authority to take broad actions to stop people from coming into the country with infectious diseases since the passage of the National Quarantine Act of 1893, Professor Markel said. The law has been changed in the century since, but it still gives the federal government substantial power in the face of a deadly outbreak.
Historically, American health authorities have had elaborate systems to check immigrants' health. On Ellis Island, for example, medical workers gave immigrants full medical examinations and even took cultures of bodily fluids, Professor Markel said. There were facilities nearby where the immigrants could be held while waiting for results. But those days were different: Many traveled for days or weeks to reach the United States, giving diseases ample time to surface.
NYTimes: Newly Vigilant, U.S. Will Screen Fliers for Ebola
Federal health officials will require temperature checks for the first time at five major American airports for people arriving from the three West African countries hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus.