The Ebola virus is evolving, and we need to pay attention.

Should we help raise the $200 million needed to stem the current Ebola epidemic in the Congo?

  • Yes, we should pay the entire $200 million immediately

    Votes: 2 20.0%
  • Yes, we should make this a cause celebre and contribute

    Votes: 1 10.0%
  • No

    Votes: 7 70.0%

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Is Ebola Evolving Into a More Deadly Virus?
By Richard Preston

5:00 A.M.


Is Ebola Evolving Into a More Deadly Virus?

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"...As the epidemic progressed, a team of researchers, led by Pardis Sabeti, a genomic scientist at Harvard and the Broad Institute, studied the genetic code of various samples of Ebola taken from the blood of people who had been infected. They found that the virus began mutating as soon as it got into people. “From the outset, I was intrigued by the large number of mutations we found,” Sabeti told me. Makona Ebola quickly developed into several basic varieties. Then, in late May, 2014, one of the lineages took off like a wildfire and spread rapidly all over Sierra Leone and Liberia. This lineage is named the A82V Makona Variant of Ebola. For simplicity, I’ll call it the Makona mutant. The majority of patients in the epidemic were infected with the Makona mutant, including all eleven individuals in the United States. Meanwhile, the other lineages of Ebola died out. It seemed that the Makona mutant had somehow beaten them in a contest for survival...."

"...Right now, there may be around six hundred people in eastern Congo who have Kivu Ebola particles replicating in their bodies. As Ebola re-creates itself, many of the resulting particles are deformed duds and can’t replicate further. The ones that can copy themselves are infective. The Kivu swarm, with its three new lineages of Ebola, may amount to about one or two quadrillion infective particles of the virus. If these particles were collected in one place, they would fill three teaspoons and would weigh about fifteen grams. That small space contains numberless genetic possibilities. The longer the outbreak is allowed to continue, the greater the chances that Ebola will mutate, get better at spreading in humans, and vastly enlarge its circle of victims...."

 

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Does the Ebola virus respond well to pay offs?
 

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Is Ebola Evolving Into a More Deadly Virus?
By Richard Preston

5:00 A.M.


Is Ebola Evolving Into a More Deadly Virus?

Excerpts:

"...As the epidemic progressed, a team of researchers, led by Pardis Sabeti, a genomic scientist at Harvard and the Broad Institute, studied the genetic code of various samples of Ebola taken from the blood of people who had been infected. They found that the virus began mutating as soon as it got into people. “From the outset, I was intrigued by the large number of mutations we found,” Sabeti told me. Makona Ebola quickly developed into several basic varieties. Then, in late May, 2014, one of the lineages took off like a wildfire and spread rapidly all over Sierra Leone and Liberia. This lineage is named the A82V Makona Variant of Ebola. For simplicity, I’ll call it the Makona mutant. The majority of patients in the epidemic were infected with the Makona mutant, including all eleven individuals in the United States. Meanwhile, the other lineages of Ebola died out. It seemed that the Makona mutant had somehow beaten them in a contest for survival...."

"...Right now, there may be around six hundred people in eastern Congo who have Kivu Ebola particles replicating in their bodies. As Ebola re-creates itself, many of the resulting particles are deformed duds and can’t replicate further. The ones that can copy themselves are infective. The Kivu swarm, with its three new lineages of Ebola, may amount to about one or two quadrillion infective particles of the virus. If these particles were collected in one place, they would fill three teaspoons and would weigh about fifteen grams. That small space contains numberless genetic possibilities. The longer the outbreak is allowed to continue, the greater the chances that Ebola will mutate, get better at spreading in humans, and vastly enlarge its circle of victims...."
$200 million is a drop in the bucket, call it defense spending and just do it.
 

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$200 million is a drop in the bucket, call it defense spending and just do it.
USAid Democratic Republic of Congo(Kinshasa)

2008 $254 Million

2009 $363.5 Million

2010 $366.2 Million

2011 $277.4 Million

2012 $387.3 Million

2013 $383 Million

2014 $440 Million

2015 $470 Million

2016 $454.3 Million

2017 $494 Million

2018 $672.1 Million

Since 2008 they have gotten
OVER 4 BILLION DOLLARS FROM US

In 2008, the Treasury Secretary
needed $700 Billion Dollars from tax payers
to prevent the Next Great Depression(TARP)

Within 6 months, the Feds committed
$7.77 TRILLION DOLLARS to rescue the financial system

Then, Obama with his ARRA plan...
another $700 BILLION DOLLARS from taxpayers
turned into almost $900 BILLION DOLLARS

$900 BILLION DOLLARS for....
shovel ready jobs that didn’t put people back to work...
The only shovel ready jobs were shoveling up their bullshit

millions given to green energy sectors
that would create jobs and environmental advancement...
Millions wasted, jobs were LOST, after they all went belly up

Cash for Clunkers...3 BILLION DOLLARS
to give trade in rebates for less fuel efficient cars
if you purchase a more fuel efficient car
Each car cost taxpayers $24,000(THOUSAND DOLLARS)

$75 BILLION earmarked to help 3-4 MILLION homeowners
keep their homes, was reduced to $50 BILLION
and then reduced to $29 BILLION...

Fewer than 1 MILLION homeowners were helped
and less than $4 BILLION of the original $75 BILLION was used
Taxpayers spent $4,000(THOUSAND DOLLARS)
helping less than 1 million homeowners keep their homes
after taking TRILLIONS from us but $24,000 for car trade ins

As if that weren’t fucked up enough, We give....

Afghanistan $8.9 BILLION DOLLARS in 2008

RUSSIA $1.5 BILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Rwanda $112 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

South Africa $358 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Mexico $96 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Honduras $72 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Guatemala $105 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Maybe Ebola will reach Washington
 

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Well, isnt that what viruses do? Evolve?
Is this a surprise or something?
 

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$200 million is a drop in the bucket, call it defense spending and just do it.
USAid Democratic Republic of Congo(Kinshasa)

2008 $254 Million

2009 $363.5 Million

2010 $366.2 Million

2011 $277.4 Million

2012 $387.3 Million

2013 $383 Million

2014 $440 Million

2015 $470 Million

2016 $454.3 Million

2017 $494 Million

2018 $672.1 Million

Since 2008 they have gotten
OVER 4 BILLION DOLLARS FROM US

In 2008, the Treasury Secretary
needed $700 Billion Dollars from tax payers
to prevent the Next Great Depression(TARP)

Within 6 months, the Feds committed
$7.77 TRILLION DOLLARS to rescue the financial system

Then, Obama with his ARRA plan...
another $700 BILLION DOLLARS from taxpayers
turned into almost $900 BILLION DOLLARS

$900 BILLION DOLLARS for....
shovel ready jobs that didn’t put people back to work...
The only shovel ready jobs were shoveling up their bullshit

millions given to green energy sectors
that would create jobs and environmental advancement...
Millions wasted, jobs were LOST, after they all went belly up

Cash for Clunkers...3 BILLION DOLLARS
to give trade in rebates for less fuel efficient cars
if you purchase a more fuel efficient car
Each car cost taxpayers $24,000(THOUSAND DOLLARS)

$75 BILLION earmarked to help 3-4 MILLION homeowners
keep their homes, was reduced to $50 BILLION
and then reduced to $29 BILLION...

Fewer than 1 MILLION homeowners were helped
and less than $4 BILLION of the original $75 BILLION was used
Taxpayers spent $4,000(THOUSAND DOLLARS)
helping less than 1 million homeowners keep their homes
after taking TRILLIONS from us but $24,000 for car trade ins

As if that weren’t fucked up enough, We give....

Afghanistan $8.9 BILLION DOLLARS in 2008

RUSSIA $1.5 BILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Rwanda $112 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

South Africa $358 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Mexico $96 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Honduras $72 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Guatemala $105 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Maybe Ebola will reach Washington
$4 billion dollars?

That's like what, enough to put new toilet seats on one pentagon bathroom?

It's chicken feed compaired to keeping Ebola down. Do you really wanna wait til it gets here before we take it seriously?
 

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Fuck Africa. Don't give them any money and don't let them in here.
 
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$200 million is a drop in the bucket, call it defense spending and just do it.
USAid Democratic Republic of Congo(Kinshasa)

2008 $254 Million

2009 $363.5 Million

2010 $366.2 Million

2011 $277.4 Million

2012 $387.3 Million

2013 $383 Million

2014 $440 Million

2015 $470 Million

2016 $454.3 Million

2017 $494 Million

2018 $672.1 Million

Since 2008 they have gotten
OVER 4 BILLION DOLLARS FROM US

In 2008, the Treasury Secretary
needed $700 Billion Dollars from tax payers
to prevent the Next Great Depression(TARP)

Within 6 months, the Feds committed
$7.77 TRILLION DOLLARS to rescue the financial system

Then, Obama with his ARRA plan...
another $700 BILLION DOLLARS from taxpayers
turned into almost $900 BILLION DOLLARS

$900 BILLION DOLLARS for....
shovel ready jobs that didn’t put people back to work...
The only shovel ready jobs were shoveling up their bullshit

millions given to green energy sectors
that would create jobs and environmental advancement...
Millions wasted, jobs were LOST, after they all went belly up

Cash for Clunkers...3 BILLION DOLLARS
to give trade in rebates for less fuel efficient cars
if you purchase a more fuel efficient car
Each car cost taxpayers $24,000(THOUSAND DOLLARS)

$75 BILLION earmarked to help 3-4 MILLION homeowners
keep their homes, was reduced to $50 BILLION
and then reduced to $29 BILLION...

Fewer than 1 MILLION homeowners were helped
and less than $4 BILLION of the original $75 BILLION was used
Taxpayers spent $4,000(THOUSAND DOLLARS)
helping less than 1 million homeowners keep their homes
after taking TRILLIONS from us but $24,000 for car trade ins

As if that weren’t fucked up enough, We give....

Afghanistan $8.9 BILLION DOLLARS in 2008

RUSSIA $1.5 BILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Rwanda $112 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

South Africa $358 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Mexico $96 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Honduras $72 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Guatemala $105 MILLION DOLLARS in 2008

Maybe Ebola will reach Washington
Sorry, but that is an irrelevant post. The aid would go to the international health organization trying to curtail the epidemic. Please try to follow.
 

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