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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 09:28 AM
"Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,”

NIH Director Francis Collins, blaming budget cuts for his agency’s failure to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 09:30 AM
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Another armchair expert. Wonderful.


So I guess you approve of those expenditures
You don't really approve of accountability apparently

typical clueless liberal

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 09:31 AM
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Then let's see if our do-nothing Congress can confirm a Surgeon General and stop squeezing the CDC's budget and make sure they have the resources they need.


You mean money like the money spent wisely by The National Institutes of Health uncovered by a by the ·Washington Free Beacon

$2,873,440 trying to figure out why lesbians are obese
$2,075,611 was spent encouraging old people to join choirs
$2,101,064 on wearable insoles and buttons that can track a person’s weight
$2,707,067 for text message interventions to try to get obese people to lose weight.
and my favorite
$466,642 on why fat girls have a tough time getting dates


Another armchair expert. Wonderful.


These government agencies have been robbing us blind for years. Don't you care
about spending money wisely?

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 09:38 AM
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Muleman has resorted to inventing things. They are still trying to figure out how the two nurses contracted Ebola. But he knows it was the fault of the CDC. Then why aren't workers in the other hospitals with Ebola patients getting sick? They are following the CDC protocol. Muleman, you should stay away from topics that you are ignorant about.

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1.) The Texas hospital followed the CDC protocols and the nurses contracted Ebola. I didn’t say it was the fault of the CDC, I said they followed the CDC protocols and still contracted Ebola.

2.) The worker’s in “the other hospitals” with Ebola were working at Emory University Hospital where they follow an enhanced AMA protocol which obviously does work/

I am amazed at your lack of accurate information while you continue to comment. If you have a college education (and that is highly questionable), you should get your money back.

Actually, with your lack of knowledge on this subject you could easily get a job in the Obama administration where competence is not a requirement.


 

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With the democrats running ads that blatantly lie about the Republicans “cutting” CDC/NIH funds, even the Washington Post, a far-left rag, gives it 4 Pinocchios:

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The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research

By Glenn Kessler October 15

Editor's note: This ad contains graphic images. The Agenda Project Action Fund, a progressive non-profit group, blames Republican spending cuts for Ebola deaths in this ad. (The Agenda Project via YouTube)

“Republican cuts kill”

– new Web ad by the Agenda Project Action Fund


This ad is simply a more extreme version of a new Democratic talking point — that GOP budget cuts have harmed the nation’s ability to handle the Ebola outbreak. It mixes statistics — the budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “cut” $585 million (the ad offers no date range) — with disturbing images of the outbreak and various Republican leaders saying variations of the word “cut.”

A slightly more nuanced version of this theme was launched by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which in online advertising began to equate a congressional budget vote in 2011 with a vote for the House GOP budget in 2014 that supposedly protected special interests.

(DCCC online ad)

This line of attack was prompted by remarks by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, who told the Huffington Post that the agency has been working on an Ebola vaccine for more than a decade but was hampered by shrinking budgets. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” Collins said.

So what’s actually going on here?

The Facts

Budget numbers are especially susceptible to manipulation in political rhetoric because they are often confusing. A presidential administration will propose a budget number for an agency, and then the House and Senate will haggle over the numbers. So politicians can pick and choose the numbers they want to highlight. The big boost in spending under the 2009 stimulus law and then the automatic “sequester” budget cuts in the 2011 budget agreement have further juggled the statistics.

For the purposes of this fact check, we are going to rely on the historical numbers in official budget documents submitted to Congress by the NIH and the CDC. We double-checked a couple of years with NIH, and the differences amounted to rounding errors. This way, readers can examine the documents themselves.

For NIH (see page 11), since 2006, there has been relatively little change in the size of the budget, going from about $28.5 billion in 2006 to $30.14 billion in 2014. That’s a slight increase, but in real terms that’s a cut given the impact of inflation. (The agency also received a $10 billion windfall in 2009 from the stimulus law.) Here’s an illustration of the budget in real terms by our colleague Josh Hicks.

(Josh Hicks/Washington Post, using NIH data)

Generally, Congress gave the NIH about what the president requested — sometimes more, sometimes less. In 2013, for instance, Congress gave the NIH more than what the White House had requested, but then $1.5 billion was taken away by sequestration.

Whose idea was sequestration? It was originally a White House proposal, designed to force Congress to either swallow painful cuts or boost taxes. The law mandating sequestration passed on a bipartisan vote — and then Republicans embraced it even more strongly when they could not reach a grand budget deal with President Obama.

For fiscal year 2015, the documents show, it was the Obama White House that proposed to cut the NIH’s budget from the previous year. Moreover, we should note that President George W. Bush, a Republican, is responsible for significantly boosting NIH’s funding in the early years of his presidency.

The high point for the Obama administration’s request for NIH funding was in 2011, when the White House was seeking a budget fight with Republicans who had just taken control of the House. (No surprise that’s also the year that the DCCC chooses to highlight a budget vote.)

In the specific case of the NIH branch that deals with infectious diseases, funding jumped from $1.8 billion in 2000 to $4.3 billion in 2004 — but funding has been flat since then. Funding in 2014 was again $4.3 billion. So that’s effectively a cut over time.

As for the CDC, you will see (page 46) a similar pattern. The numbers have bounced around $6.5 billion in recent years. (CDC receives both an appropriation from Congress and, since 2010, hundreds of millions of dollars from the Prevention and Public Health Fund established by the Affordable Care Act.) Before 2008, the agency received less than $6 billion a year. In fiscal year 2013, the White House proposed a cut in CDC’s funding, but Congress added about $700 million. In 2014, the administration again proposed reducing the budget, but Congress boosted it to $6.9 billion,

(Note, as this Congressional Research Service report documents, CDC also is funded by nearly $4 billion in mandatory fees. The numbers above refer only to congressional appropriations.)
The Pinocchio Test

On many levels, this line of attack is absurd.

Obama’s Republican predecessor oversaw big increases in public-health sector spending, and both Democrats and Republicans in recent years have broadly supported efforts to rein in federal spending. Sequestration resulted from a bipartisan agreement. In some years, Congress has allocated more money for NIH and CDC than the Obama administration requested. Meanwhile, contrary to the suggestion of the DCCC ad, there never was a specific vote on funding to prevent Ebola.

There’s no doubt that spending has been cut, or at least failed to keep pace with inflation, but the fingerprints of both parties are on the knives. This blame game earns Four Pinocchios.

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 09:48 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/health-agency-officially-decl ares-end-ebola-outbreak-senegal-26268722

UN Health Agency: Ebola Outbreak Over in Senegal
GENEVA — Oct 17, 2014, 10:38 AM ET
By JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press

The U.N. health agency officially declared an end Friday to the Ebola outbreak in Senegal, a rare bit of good news amid the public outcry and fear over the deadly disease that remains out of control in three West African countries.

The World Health Organization said it "commends the country on its diligence to end the transmission of the virus," citing Senegal's quick and thorough response.

Cases are still spreading in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, with more than 4,500 deaths.

A case of Ebola in Senegal was confirmed on Aug. 29 in a young man who had travelled by road to Dakar from Guinea, where he had direct contact with an Ebola patient. By September 5, laboratory samples from the patient tested negative, indicating that he had recovered from Ebola. He was able to return to Guinea on Sept. 18.

The declaration from WHO came because Senegal made it past the 42-day mark, which is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola, without detecting more such cases.

"Senegal's response is a good example of what to do when faced with an imported case of Ebola," the WHO said in a statement. "The government's response plan included identifying and monitoring 74 close contacts of the patient, prompt testing of all suspected cases, stepped-up surveillance at the country's many entry points and nationwide public awareness campaigns."

Senegalese medical staff also had help from a WHO team of epidemiologists, the nation's health ministry, Doctors Without Borders and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"While the outbreak is now officially over, Senegal's geographical position makes the country vulnerable to additional imported cases of Ebola virus disease," WHO said. "It continues to remain vigilant for any suspected cases by strict compliance with WHO guidelines."

Nigeria, which had 20 cases and eight deaths after the virus was brought by a Liberian-American who flew from Liberia to Lagos, also appears to have been beaten back its advance largely through aggressive tracking of Ebola contacts, with no new cases since Aug. 31. WHO is prepared to declare Nigeria Ebola free on Monday if no new cases emerge.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 09:51 AM
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Perhaps it's coincidence but with every problem that arises this seems to be the Obama administration MO
1. Minimize the problem, not that big a deal.
2. When this is no longer tenable assure people that the problem is under control without actually doing anything.
3. When this is no longer tenable cancel an event, make a speech and take belated steps after the fact.



4. Figuring out a way to blame Republicans (probably should be #1)


Gutless wonders.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 10:06 AM
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Alloak, if Obama is responsible for all bad things that happen simply because he is in charge, then is he also responsible for anything good that happens?


He's not responsible for bad things that happen, but he is responsible for reacting/responding
to them. If not, then who is in charge? Why do we elect a President? Someone has to be
ultimately in charge. Correct?

Again, it would appear that NOBODY is. No matter what the situation, the initial response
has been pathetic with this administration.

I hope my saying so doesn't upset you.]

Not at all. This response is understandable. But of the 5 things you listed, what are you referring to about his handling of Ebola? I'm being serious. I haven't heard him minimize anything, give mixed signals, pass the buck, etc. If I missed it, I will admit it if I see the article.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 10:36 AM
One official says Ebola is not a serous threat, another says it is. One official says you
can't catch Ebola sitting next to someone on a bus, the next one says if you have Ebola
don't ride the bus. And so forth...

The President is taking a step in the right direction in appointing a point man (czar)
in getting everyone on the same page and to handle communications. It looks
bad when Josh Earnest contradicts a statement we heard the day before or a few
hours prior, or gets dodgy with questions.


 

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http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/health-agency-officiall y-declares-end-ebola-outbreak-senegal-26268722

UN Health Agency: Ebola Outbreak Over in Senegal
GENEVA — Oct 17, 2014, 10:38 AM ET
By JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press

The U.N. health agency officially declared an end Friday to the Ebola outbreak in Senegal, a rare bit of good news amid the public outcry and fear over the deadly disease that remains out of control in three West African countries.

The World Health Organization said it "commends the country on its diligence to end the transmission of the virus," citing Senegal's quick and thorough response.

Cases are still spreading in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, with more than 4,500 deaths.

A case of Ebola in Senegal was confirmed on Aug. 29 in a young man who had travelled by road to Dakar from Guinea, where he had direct contact with an Ebola patient. By September 5, laboratory samples from the patient tested negative, indicating that he had recovered from Ebola. He was able to return to Guinea on Sept. 18.

The declaration from WHO came because Senegal made it past the 42-day mark, which is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola, without detecting more such cases.

"Senegal's response is a good example of what to do when faced with an imported case of Ebola," the WHO said in a statement. "The government's response plan included identifying and monitoring 74 close contacts of the patient, prompt testing of all suspected cases, stepped-up surveillance at the country's many entry points and nationwide public awareness campaigns."

Senegalese medical staff also had help from a WHO team of epidemiologists, the nation's health ministry, Doctors Without Borders and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"While the outbreak is now officially over, Senegal's geographical position makes the country vulnerable to additional imported cases of Ebola virus disease," WHO said. "It continues to remain vigilant for any suspected cases by strict compliance with WHO guidelines."

Nigeria, which had 20 cases and eight deaths after the virus was brought by a Liberian-American who flew from Liberia to Lagos, also appears to have been beaten back its advance largely through aggressive tracking of Ebola contacts, with no new cases since Aug. 31. WHO is prepared to declare Nigeria Ebola free on Monday if no new cases emerge.



Oh this just can't be. This is the greatest crisis in the history of mankind and I am crawling back under my bed in my full hazmat suit soon as I finish this post. Obama is personally responsible for this crisis and we are all DOOMED. How dare you try to put positive news on this. You must be a Co conspirator and you must hate America. We should nuke all of Africa just to be on the cautious side. You don't see PUTIN allowing people to fly still do you?

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 10:49 AM
http://wishtv.com/2014/10/17/obama-names-indy-native-as-ebola-czar/

Obama names Indy native as Ebola ‘czar’
By Associated Press
Published: October 17, 2014

President Barack Obama is naming Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and a trusted adviser at the Obama White House, as the point man on the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola crisis, the White House said Friday.

Obama has been under pressure to name an Ebola “czar” to oversee health security in the U.S. and actions to help stem the outbreak in West Africa, where nearly 4,500 people have died from the virus.

Klain has been out of government since leaving Biden’s office during the Obama’s first term. The White House said that Klain would report to national security adviser Susan Rice and to homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco.

Klain, a lawyer, also served as chief of staff for Vice President Al Gore and was a key figure during the 2000 Florida presidential election recount. He previously served under Attorney General Janet Reno in the Clinton administration.

The White House is calling the new post an “Ebola response coordinator.”

White House officials had initially resisted congressional calls to name a lead figure on Ebola, arguing that various agencies had distinct responsibilities, including the Centers for Disease Control, The Department of Defense, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

But on Thursday, Obama conceded that such a point person might in fact be necessary even as he praised his adviser for doing “an outstanding job.”

But he said that several of his advisers, including Monaco and CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden, are also confronting other priorities. He noted that Frieden is also dealing with flu season and Monaco and Rice are having to spend time on the Islamic State extremists in the Middle East.

“It may make sense for us to have one person … so that after this initial surge of activity we can have a more regular process just to make sure we are crossing all the Ts and dotting all the Is,” he said.

Klain comes to the job with strong management credentials, extensive federal government experience overseeing complex operations and good working relationships with leading members of Congress, as well as senior Obama administration officials, including the president.

In a statement, the White House noted that as Biden’s chief of staff, Klain helped with the implementation of the White House stimulus package of 2009 created as a response to the recession and the financial crisis.

Klain is President of Case Holdings and General Counsel at Revolution LLC, a technology venture capital firm based in Washington. He is an Indianapolis native and graduated from North Central High School.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 11:02 AM
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I do find the irony stunning. The party who has screamed for the last 6 years that there is too much federal government in our lives is now screaming there is not enough federal government in our lives.

Add to that they cut CDC budget and then refused to confirm the Surgeon General nominee.

I also find it amazing that when Reagan their hero was in office over 20,000 people died of AIDS before Reagan woke up out of one of his dementia induced stupors and responded.

[Edited on 10/17/2014 by Peachypetewi]


Protecting the citizens of the country is one thing everyone agrees money should be spent on. It appears the CDC suffers from mission creep. It's sole role should be the prevention of outbreaks of infectious disease. Nothing else. We have a DHHS to handle other public health issues.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 11:05 AM
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Alloak, if Obama is responsible for all bad things that happen simply because he is in charge, then is he also responsible for anything good that happens?



He's not responsible for bad things that happen, but he is responsible for reacting/responding
to them. If not, then who is in charge? Why do we elect a President? Someone has to be
ultimately in charge. Correct?

Again, it would appear that NOBODY is. No matter what the situation, the initial response
has been pathetic with this administration.

I hope my saying so doesn't upset you.


Democratic logic. Hurricane Katrina screw up by FEMA=Bush is incompetent. ANY screw up by agency under superivison of Obama (whether CDC, IRS or anything else?) How can Obama be expected to control everything.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 11:16 AM
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Oh this just can't be. This is the greatest crisis in the history of mankind and I am crawling back under my bed in my full hazmat suit soon as I finish this post. Obama is personally responsible for this crisis and we are all DOOMED.


How did Thomas Eric Duncan get to Dallas? On an airliner, four days after Obama
stated that it was "extremely unlikely" that Ebola would come to America. Well,
it's here and deaths have already resulted.

If you are against a flight ban, would you be open to sitting next to a passenger
that was infected with Ebola?

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 11:23 AM
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Oh this just can't be. This is the greatest crisis in the history of mankind and I am crawling back under my bed in my full hazmat suit soon as I finish this post. Obama is personally responsible for this crisis and we are all DOOMED.


How did Thomas Eric Duncan get to Dallas? On an airliner, four days after Obama
stated that it was "extremely unlikely" that Ebola would come to America. Well,
it's here and deaths have already resulted.

If you are against a flight ban, would you be open to sitting next to a passenger
that was infected with Ebola?


I'll be flying to Dallas for a Cowboys game tomorrow. Have ZERO concern. How many people on Duncan's flights are sick?

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 11:26 AM
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Alloak, if Obama is responsible for all bad things that happen simply because he is in charge, then is he also responsible for anything good that happens?



He's not responsible for bad things that happen, but he is responsible for reacting/responding
to them. If not, then who is in charge? Why do we elect a President? Someone has to be
ultimately in charge. Correct?

Again, it would appear that NOBODY is. No matter what the situation, the initial response
has been pathetic with this administration.

I hope my saying so doesn't upset you.


Democratic logic. Hurricane Katrina screw up by FEMA=Bush is incompetent. ANY screw up by agency under superivison of Obama (whether CDC, IRS or anything else?) How can Obama be expected to control everything.


They wanted a Democrat in the WH so bad they could taste it. Now that they
have one, they don't seem to want Obama held responsible for much of anything.
In many cases they don't even entertain the thought. Isn't that just shortchanging
him?

In addition, Liberals seem even more unhappy now than when Bush held office (as if
we even thought that was possible)

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 11:28 AM
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Oh this just can't be. This is the greatest crisis in the history of mankind and I am crawling back under my bed in my full hazmat suit soon as I finish this post. Obama is personally responsible for this crisis and we are all DOOMED.


How did Thomas Eric Duncan get to Dallas? On an airliner, four days after Obama
stated that it was "extremely unlikely" that Ebola would come to America. Well,
it's here and deaths have already resulted.

If you are against a flight ban, would you be open to sitting next to a passenger
that was infected with Ebola?


I'll be flying to Dallas for a Cowboys game tomorrow. Have ZERO concern. How many people on Duncan's flights are sick?


What about flights from W Africa to the USA. Would you be open to sitting
next to a passenger that was infected with Ebola?





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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 11:31 AM
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Would you be open to sitting
next to a passenger that was infected with Ebola?


Why? Are you offering?

Better than sitting next to a Cowboys fan.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 11:33 AM
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Would you be open to sitting
next to a passenger that was infected with Ebola?


Why? Are you offering?

Better than sitting next to a Cowboys fan.


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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 11:33 AM
Dude I don't live my life in fear of f'n anything. Period. So if a gentleman sat next to me and said he was just returning from west Africa I would shrug my shoulders. Come up with as many hypothetical situations you want and my reply would be the same.
 

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Why? Are you offering?

Better than sitting next to a Cowboys fan.


LOL It is not contagious.

 

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Dude I don't live my life in fear of f'n anything. Period. So if a gentleman sat next to me and said he was just returning from west Africa I would shrug my shoulders. Come up with as many hypothetical situations you want and my reply would be the same.


To each his own. I'm not sure I'd be real jazzed about getting on that plane if it
originated in W Africa or some connection with the hot zone.




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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 11:39 AM
I don't have a link to verify this but it is my understanding that approx. 150 people per day come to the USA from West Africa. In another discussion I had with someone, 99% or more of the citizens of the 3 West African nations affected make so little money that it would take 3-4 years to save up for a flight out of the country.

so its the 1%ers getting out

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 11:43 AM
Some perspective....

While so many of us are caught up in the mass fear and media-driven hypochondria over the Ebola virus, I wanted to share some things you should actually be freaking out over:

Just when you thought West Africa couldn't get any scarier, did you know 2,900 people are killed every year by Hippopotamuses? Those terrible creatures can gallop 18 MPH! And to think, I took my kids to see one at the zoo a few years ago and we were not wearing our running shoes. I shudder just thinking about it.

Did you know approximately 100 people die every year from choking on pens? My son was chewing his pen last night while doing homework. I am just sick over how close we came to losing him.

Approximately 150 people are killed every year by falling coconuts. And this is exactly why I refuse to go anywhere tropical for our next family vacation. Pack your suitcases my darlings, we're going to Russia for some family fun.

Wait a minute, I just read that falling icicles kill 100 people in Russia every year. Forget the family vacation.

Around 450 people die every year from falling out of bed. It will no longer be the thoughts of scary clowns to keep me up at night; it will be the terrifying two foot drop off I'm sleeping next to.

There are 1000 bicycle related deaths each year. Which is why I cling to my husband's ankles every Monday evening as he tries to leave for a mountain bike ride, sobbing hysterically about how selfish he is to leave me alone to raise these ?h??e??a??t??h??e??n??s? kids.

Between 170 -190 people die every year from choking on popcorn, making it one of the Top 5 Deadliest Snacks. So next time my kids beg me to make popcorn for them, I will say no, not because I'm too lazy but because I care about their lives.

Jellyfish kill 40 people every year in the Philippines. Add that to the falling coconuts and we've got a country way scarier than Liberia.

Vending machines kill 13 people every year and yet, we somehow never hear about this silent killer. The next time we walk by one of those death traps and my kid asks for a Snickers bar, I will feel completely justified to grab him and shriek for somebody to call 911.

2 million people die every year from Malaria transmitted by mosquitoes. TWO MILLION. And there is no vaccine.

36,000 people in the US die every year from the seasonal flu. 36,000. And there is an effective vaccine but many choose not to get it.

Every day 9 people in the US are killed and 1,150 are injured from texting while driving. And yet we still haven't put our phones away.

Ebola can kill you, but so can donkeys, ants and flying champagne corks. Turn off the news, wash your hands, don't text while driving and don't touch poop.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2014 at 11:54 AM
What any of that has to do with Ebola is anybody's guess...

I thought Hippos ran faster than that.

 
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