Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols

Yeah, that's the story.  At least in the mainstream press (the headline above is from Reuters,) which seems to be tiring already of its latest irrational scare story.  Ebola "crisis."  Which consists of exactly three cases- one person from Africa who died, and two people who got it from him, who seem to be on the road to pulling through.  Three cases and one death in a country of over three hundred million people.  So even on a random basis, your odds of getting it in this country seem to be about one in a hundred and fifty million.  Even the Powerball lottery looks like a good investment compared to that.

Let me remind you that, if this is an average day, over 1300 people will die in the United States from smoking-related causes.  And if you think Ebola is bad, you should watch someone die from lung cancer.

And this could be largely stopped immediately by a President with the honesty and guts to place tobacco on the schedule 1 narcotics list with other drugs that are addictive and have no medical use. That is where it legally belongs, but of course this is the classic case of corporate profits over human lives- hundreds of thousands of them a year, in this country alone.

Of the people, by the people and for the people...yeah, right.

2 comments:

joseph said...

You forgot the number of gun relatd deaths since the ebola "outbreak" in America.

Green Eagle said...

Which seem to be running about 2700 a month. Or how about the needless deaths, between 7,000 and 17,000 each year in this country, due to Republican States refusing to enact Obamacare programs:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/30/1287923/-GOP-s-Obamacare-spite-means-death-toll-for-red-states