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Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

[quote][b]Oistrakh[/b] - To fly people from the affected areas to the US is basically bio-terrorism. Nobody is suggesting they not fly supplies and doctors in.(2nd paragraph) [/quote]
A travel ban "is intuitively attractive, and seems so simple," said Mike Leavitt, who led the Health and Human Services Department from 2005-2009. "We studied it intensely in preparation for H5N1. I became persuaded that there are lots of problems with it." (Last paragraph)

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:40

Statham woman warns police after receiving suspicious checks

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - Good to hear that not everyone falls for this scam. [/quote]
She fell for the first Fedex envelope. "The woman did as instructed."

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:30

George Dean's store in downtown Athens to close after 48 years

[quote][b]concerned citizen in athens[/b] - This would be a great place for Red Dress to open a store, in light of their recent 1.2 million $ deal from the Shark Tank. [/quote]
Why would they want to do that, if they already have a store in the former Barnett's location?

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:21

Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

Meg Whitman and Lou Gerstner took over as CEOs at HP and IBM respectively during troubled times at each company, but they didn't have a background in the computer industry. Meg came from eBay and Lou from Amex. Hmm.

Addendum @ 12:30 . And then there was the late Steve Jobs.

Apple CEO’s legacy

Steve Jobs is a very difficult man to categorize. He was not a programmer nor a design engineer at the computer company he turned into the world’s biggest. His philosophy and management were, however, incredibly important in making the company what it is today. He leaves few lessons for designers and engineers.

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 11:04

Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

[quote][b]nancy30683[/b] - 1) A travel ban from the African nations affected by this disease would have prevented the original Ebola patient, Mr. Duncan, from ever coming to the U.S. [/quote]
Really, now?

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:12

Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

It's an election year, and politicians are trying to garner votes by stoking fear in the hearts of voters then offering them a simplistic "solution" to a complex issue involving many moving parts.

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 09:31

Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

Facilitate, Coordinate, Communicate.

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 06:22

Christie campaigns for Deal, makes connections for possible presidential run

I heard if Deal doesn't get re-elected, Georgians should expect major delays on the interstates during rush hour.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 16:16

Obama weighs Ebola czar; Texas toughens monitoring

[quote][b]nancy30683[/b] - Another czar? Really? Typical liberal solution, add another layer of government to an already massive bureaucracy.[/quote]
"Typical liberal solution"? Really? Look at this article, then get back to us. Note particularly the "czars" appointed from across political parties to deal with the AIDS epidemic.

[quote] That will solve the problem. [/quote]
G. W. Bush must have thought so, being he had so many of them. "Czar" is a poor choice of words, because it conjures up images of a Russian dictator to the emotionally immature. A so-called "czar" is meant to be a position with a singular focus and the authority to cut through bureaucratic red tape in order to get something done in as short amount of time as possible. For example, a military organization needs a totalitarian structure in order to move quickly to ensure its survival.
[quote] 1), 2), 3) [/quote]
20/20 hind sight is great, especially when it comes from an armchair politician.
[quote] 4) Privacy laws and civil liberties MUST take a back seat in an incident where potentially thousands of citizens lives could be affected. [/quote]
"Typical liberal solution" from a supporter of big gubbermint stepping on our rights to privacy. You must have been a cheerleader for the NSA. And then there's this ...

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin

[quote]@mpd0.59: Sorry, but blaming the Texas Governor, the city of Dallas, or the Texas Presbyterian Hospital and it's employees, doesn't cut it.[/quote]
You need to brush up on your critical reading skills. Who's blaming Gov. Rick Perry for the outbreak? That's a bit like saying President Bush is to blame for Katrina hitting Louisiana. What I am saying is that both CEO's are responsible for being there to oversee the recovery. Imagine if Gov. Christie had just phoned in his efforts after hurricane Sandy hit. Recall G.W. Bush was severely criticized for only flying over New Orleans in AF-1 to view the devastation instead of "putting his loafers on the ground". Perry's optics are he's out of touch and preoccupied with his 2016 presidential campaign bid. Who blamed the City of Dallas? I do blame the administrators (not the rank-and-file employees) of TPH , who have admitted their culpability...

[quote] Blaming the victims, which all of the above are, is a pathetic attempt to pass the buck. [/quote]
I think Duncan deserved blame for lying about not having been in West Africa in order to be cleared for travel to the U.S. I don't place blame on nurses Pham or Vinson for doing their jobs as best they could under existing CDC protocols and the management of TPH.

[quote]Well whoop-dee-do. [/quote]
You political partisanship is exposed. Cover it up or you might catch something.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 15:18

Fraudulent checks laundered through UGA athletes' bank accounts

[quote][b]Oistrakh[/b] - The student "victims" provided transaction cards and PINs to the "thieves" is my guess. [/quote]
Why would the student "victims" rip themselves off?

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 10:06

Jackson County deputy helps two stranded motorists

Nowadays, if you aren't careful buying a new car, you could end up with one that carries no spare tire and jack, only a can of aerosol puncture sealer. Spare tires are becoming an additional cost option on some models, and perhaps no option at all on others. I don't know much about those "run flat" tires.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:59

Oconee County man swipes pizza from delivery driver

Doesn't Oconee County have their own pizza delivery businesses?

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:50

Winder woman complains of neighbor's chickens to authorities

Get a dog and don't feed him.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:47

14 dead in accident at South Korean concert

Analysts say many safety problems in the country stem from little regulation, light punishment for violators and wide ignorance about safety in general — and a tendency to value economic advancement over all else.

IOW, the South Korean gubbermint is run by conservatives.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:37

Obama weighs Ebola czar; Texas toughens monitoring

And where is the Governor of Texas during this crisis/scandal? Perhaps he couldn't recall which state elected him.

Rick Perry Avoided Ebola Like the Plague
by Olivia Nuzzi | Oct 16, 2014

For a governor who is thinking about mounting a presidential campaign, mastering the art of emergency politics is an effective way to convince the general public that you have the managerial skills necessary to lead the nation in times of distress. You don't even have to do much, really, you just have to not make things visibly worse while speaking in an authoritative tone and looking concerned for the huddled masses. Oh, and you have to be there. Physically. Like, your body has to be in the state you govern.

Given how easy all of that sounds, it seems odd that Texas Governor Rick Perry would fail to cancel a scheduled trip to Europe as his state grapples with two ongoing cases of Ebola and several dozens of other potential cases. That and incompetence at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital may have caused the deadly disease to spread.

Read rest of article at

Olivia Nuzzi is a writer and journalist who covers politics for The Daily Beast.

Obama Cancels More Travel to Oversee Ebola Response, Urging ‘Aggressive’ Action
By Michael D. Shear | Oct. 15, 2014

President Obama on Wednesday night canceled his planned travel on Thursday, for the second straight day, so he could stay at the White House to oversee the government’s response to the Ebola crisis, officials said.

Mr. Obama had been scheduled to travel to Rhode Island on Thursday for an economic-themed speech before continuing on to New York City to raise money for Democratic candidates in next month’s midterm elections.

Officials said the president would “follow up” Thursday on a meeting he held Wednesday with members of his cabinet who are responsible for confronting the spread of the virus in West Africa and its arrival in the United States.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:19

Polar bear breaks into home in Alaska village

Upon reading the headline, I thought the bear wanted to take on Bristol Palin.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:53

Dems hope for strong get-out-the-vote success

[quote][b]theold33[/b] - Are you allowed to vote if you can't speak English? [/quote]
Yes by requesting assistance with voting.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:39

Georgia's jobless rate drops to 7.9 percent

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the state is continuing to see strong overall job growth.

The Spin:

"For too long, our economy has been held back by big government policies supported by Barack Obama and Michelle Nunn." - from David Perdue's latest political ad.

The Reality:

David Perdue: "I spent most of my career" outsourcing
By John Bresnahan and Manu Raju | Updated: 10/4/14 6:41 PM EDT

During a July 2005 deposition, a transcript of which was provided to POLITICO, Perdue spoke at length about his role in Pillowtex’s collapse, which led to the loss of more than 7,600 jobs. Perdue was asked about his “experience with outsourcing,” and his response was blunt.

“Yeah, I spent most of my career doing that,” Perdue said, according to the 186-page transcript of his sworn testimony.

Read more:

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 11:56

Perdue gets a boost from McCain

Since Perdue has had no military service, he calls on McCain to endorse him as if he has. Interesting to see Zell Miller endorse both Nunn and Deal.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 09:17

Dallas nurses cite sloppy conditions in Ebola care

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - @mpd0.59:
What protocols were broken? Name one. [/quote]

How about when Duncan first showed up at the TPH emergency room running a fever and confirming he was recently in West Africa, and the nurse told him to go home, i.e. no big deal. Also...

... leaving Duncan in an open area of the emergency department for hours, failing to isolate the patient’s laboratory samples and letting hazardous medical waste pile up. The [National Nurses United] union also said nurses were not given proper protective gear — their necks were left exposed — and that training in Ebola treatment was optional and minimal.

[quote] You and the CDC appear to want to blame the victim. [/quote]
Where did I blame the victim? You conjured that up in your head. I hold the hospital's administration responsible.

[quote] I blame the lying African who came here in the first place. [/quote]
The reality is, if it hadn't been him, it would have been someone else who didn't want to be "inconvenienced". The only way to control it with monitoring and enforcement, but you're against such "big gubbermint" tactics.

[quote] You want to blame Perry, OK go ahead, I have nomprovlem woth that but why stop there? Why not blame Bush? [/quote]
The Perry comment was made tongue-in-cheek, but it is curious how he's remained in the background, while all of this is happening in his home state. I don't know what "nomprovlem woth" means. I don't blame Bush per se, but I do partly blame the Congress for slashing the NIH's [inflation adjusted] budget over the last decade.

[quote] Let's Blame everyone but the people who are in charge.[/quote]
As I said earlier, I place the majority of the blame on TPH administration and the remainder on the CDC. However, I don't believe there was a CDC conspiracy to withhold information about Ebola as you implied.

[quote] Great post.[/quote]
Thanks, have a nice day.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 08:26

Turkish strikes on Kurds complicate anti-IS fight

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 11:09

Justices stop parts of Texas abortion law

Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas said they would have ruled against the clinics in all respects.

The three stooges of SCOTUS are on the wrong side of nearly every split decision.

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 09:12

Athens woman reports baby for sale on Craigslist

Is it illegal for parents to sell a child for adoption?

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 08:54

Dallas nurses cite sloppy conditions in Ebola care

@TeeWee: So much for your conspiracy theory about the CDC withholding information about the spread of Ebola. Admittedly, the CDC didn't do everything right the first time, but they certainly didn't hide important information from the public as you claimed. Clearly, it was the breakdown in compliance with CDC protocols that allowed the spread of the virus among healthcare workers. For political purposes, perhaps we should blame Gov. Rick Perry for the state's lackadaisical attitude.

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 08:31

Lumpkin named new chief of Savannah police

@retiredandhappy: So what was you reason for disagreeing with my comment?

posted @ Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 18:27

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