a 9 panel tribute to Princess Mononoke, one of my favorite movies in the world
Futurist Umberto Boccioni, who sought to infuse art with dynamism and energy, was born today in 1882.
[Umberto Boccioni. Unique Forms of Continuity in Space. 1913 (cast 1931)]
You are not going to get ebola. Breathe. It’ll be okay.
We are a nation of 319 million people. So far, there have been five confirmed diagnoses of ebola in this country: two people who were treated and are healthy now, one person who has died, and two current cases that are in treatment. That’s 0.00000157% of our country’s population. Unlike sicknesses like the flu, ebola isn’t spread through the air (in spite of what dubious news sources on the internet tell you), so although it is transmissible, it requires close contact with people who already have ebola. All of the people who have been diagnosed with ebola in this country have either been people who work in healthcare and were treating other ebola patients, or people who came from countries in Africa where the ebola epidemic is currently occurring.
In Africa, there are three countries (Cameroon, Senegal, and Nigeria) that have successfully suppressed ebola cases that have entered their country from other countries where the epidemic is happening. Cameroon has actually been praised by Doctors Without Borders for the strength of their public health system. Our nation certainly has the technology and the ability to suppress an ebola epidemic as well.
Ignore the news media. Ignore the dubious internet sources. Pay attention to what organizations like the WHO and the CDC are saying; not the guy you know who happens to be a CNA. unless you know an epidemiologist or a virologist who’s worked with this stuff before, their opinions probably aren’t worth anything. And the media is just as bad. CNN, Fox, and MSNBC don’t really care about reporting what’s truly accurate; they report what’s sensationalist and gives them the best ratings, even if it’s alarmist and essentially untrue.
Lastly, stop talking about shutting down travel from the countries afflicted with ebola in Africa. It just encourages people who want to travel here to lie about where they’re coming from, making screening more difficult and potentially allowing more people with ebola to enter the country undetected. We exist in a global economy; you may not be used to seeing “Made in Liberia” stickers on merchandise, but our industry in this country relies heavily upon natural resources from Africa. Unless you’re willing to depress our economy to calm your fears, it isn’t worth it.
Mr Rogers Facts.
“We all of us bear a touch of darkness, just as surely as we bear light. Much as with the twin sets of Crystals. And the darkened underworld that rests beneath your planet’s brighter surface. But as long as there is darkness, so will there always be light.”