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Is Ebola really the epidemic that will end life as we know it?

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posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 07:40 PM
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So I'm seeing many hysterical articles regarding Ebola. Many conspiracies are out there. In doing some research, I came across an article on Slate that I found interesting. It's not the usual doom porn, and being the skeptic that I am, it seems pretty common sense. What do you all think of this?

I tried to copy the link, and was unable to do so. It's on slate.com, and it's in the science section. The title of the article is titled "Ebola and bioterrorism: The virus is not a bio weapon despite media myths".




posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 07:45 PM
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a reply to: ChiefD

Fortunately, Ebola gestates much too slowly, and is too hard to transmit to be an effective extinction level event.

I do believe that it will be a large scale pandemic. Nothing huge, but I do think that a significant number of people will become sick and die from it when all is said and done.

My opinion? Maybe a few million will die worldwide when all is said and done.



posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 07:50 PM
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The only "bioweaponish" aspect of the current ebola "whatthehelleveritis" is how it's such a hot topic and covered by the media constantly like 9-11 was for a full month afterward on about every channel on the boob tube.

This was when I began to walk and do things outside to get away from having to watch the same old crap on the tube, I haven't owned a TV since BTW.

People were babbling about it way back when the movie "Outbreak" came out.

9-11 ended certain aspects of life as we know it the same as ebola will with the endless horrifying coverage of it.

OMG, we are all going to die!!.

Well yeah, we are, eventually.



posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 07:51 PM
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a reply to: ChiefD

I think the hysteria spawns from the reality that this is something we have very little defense against and it's lethal in a very high probability. It is also a gruesome death. Even if you don't wind up with the classic hemorrhagic syndrome (and this strain has lesser probability of that than others - 18% compared to 30% + with other strains), you will still wind up spewing your guts up out both ends uncontrollably as your insides dissolve into goo. Very, very unpleasant and scary.

It's a scary thing to contemplate, and that spawns a fear response.

And then add in that it's been a very long time since we've had to face something like this that medicine seems to be more or less powerless against. For most of us, the deadly diseases of the past are something that our grandparents talked about, but not something we've ever dealt with. And I'm someone who's in my middle years.

So, yes, this is completely scary for people.

But I think the hysteria is unfounded. We should be concerned, yes, but it's not the end of the world.



posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 07:52 PM
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a reply to: ChiefD

Heres the link.
www.slate.com...

As a CTr, I obviously object to the articles opinion. It is a very good Bioterror weapon simply because it has spread fear like a wild fire. The number of casualties doesnt have to be astronomical; just enough so the douche bags can have their reasons to enforce new laws/restrictions, kill, quarantine, vaccinate etc us commoners.





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posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 07:56 PM
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a reply to: ChiefD

This is your art icle.

It is your typical Slate opinion piece, with a deliberate political agenda and a lack of research. No, ebola is not a bioterror weapon currently, but to ignore that possibility is beyond stupid. People have definitely tried to weaponize it before:

The Soviet Union researched ebola along with other viruses as a potential bioweapon. The Aum Shinrikyo cult tried to acquire ebola to use as a bioterrorism weapon. It is not hard to imagine how a determined terrorist group, for example Islamic terrorists in Pakistan, could infect people UNKNOWINGLY and send them on planes to populated cities in India to cause an outbreak where the health infrastructure is pathetic and they could cause a real pandemic.

That writer is a calm-mongerer, hiding his head in the sand. He should be banned from writing about ebola.
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posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 08:02 PM
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Thanks Tucket and Nicorette for the link.

Nicorette, I don't see any political slant to the article at all. "Calm mongerer"? Now that's funny, if unintentially so. I don't feel anyone is ignoring this. It's all over the news. There is quite a bit of hysteria though.



posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 08:11 PM
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Here is what I think. Ebola is scarey no doubt about it. Lets say a worst case scenario,its out of control and its too late to put the genie back in the bottle now. It is going to run its course through the human population and there is nothing we can do about it.

Will it end life as we know it? Well that depends on what you mean by that. Will it wipe out the human population? Not even close. There may be a whole lot less of us,but we will survive for sure. It is more likely that about half of us will survive.Though we may not want to for a while. We will be weakened and a lot of industries won't be coming back with no one to run them. Anything deemed non-essential will be let go. In the unlikely event of this, we would probably go back to being an agrarian society.It has served us well in the past. But many many services will be gone for us. Both the quality and length of life will be shortened as well. Those who choose to live off the land or be self sufficient will do better. Animal husbandry will make a big come back.

Now how far will all this go? Well I doubt if we will be in a walking dead type scenario, probably it would be more like it would spread for a while and those out and about would go down first. As panic would set in,others would flee the big cities and some small towns might get hit due to those that brought it. But others would be fine and would do a self containment. After a while the army would come in and get back control that the CDC let go. Things would then start to calm down. I wouldn't want to be one of the ones that have it though at that time. The army will do whatever it takes to keep it from spreading any further.

Do I think any of this will come to pass? Well I believe it to be unlikely,and yet the possibility is always there. For now I'm taking a wait and see attitude and if worst comes to worst,I'll be heading out to the country to stay for a while. But I don't think it'll come to all that myself.



posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 08:16 PM
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All 'known' viruses are collected by 'certain' Governments that then use them to ensure they have a cure and or able to weaponize it, (HA, FIND IT INTERESTING THAT ATS DOESN'T HAVE WEAPONIZE IN ITS SPELL CHECKER!!!) Why wouldn't they after what happened in world war one, even the horses had gas masks!!! www.youtube.com...

Coral Reefs have used chemical and biological warfare for hundreds of MILLIONS of years.

I suppose we really haven't evolved as much as we thunk we have in the last hundred million years.



Oh,Guess what, fear makes people consume more..............Human Behavior 101.


Having said that, can you trust that bottle of water your now drinking from....

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posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 08:58 PM
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originally posted by: MyHappyDogShiner
The only "bioweaponish" aspect of the current ebola "whatthehelleveritis" is how it's such a hot topic and covered by the media constantly like 9-11 was for a full month afterward on about every channel on the boob tube.

This was when I began to walk and do things outside to get away from having to watch the same old crap on the tube, I haven't owned a TV since BTW.

People were babbling about it way back when the movie "Outbreak" came out.

9-11 ended certain aspects of life as we know it the same as ebola will with the endless horrifying coverage of it.

OMG, we are all going to die!!.

Well yeah, we are, eventually.


You haven't owned a tv since 2001? Dude you have missed some cool shows, firefly was awesome, lost was pretty good for a while, unsealed alien files was a cool watch, the walking dead is a dam good show, jimmy falon has the tonight show now and he is pretty good. Wow I could go on and on. A lot of really good stuff on TV, yeah, you need to avoid a ton of crap too, I guess.

And back on topic, yeah the media has no clue about ebola.



posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 09:00 PM
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a reply to: ChiefD

No, it will not end life as we know, it, but mass hysteria, miss information and panic could do more damage, top that with greedy big pharma speeding none fully tested vaccines and it could be more deaths from mass vaccination that ebola it self.


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posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 09:09 PM
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I can get almost all of that fluff at the flea market for a buck a disc.

Cheapa to check it out from the library though.

AnyVeg...
a reply to: caterpillage



posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 09:20 PM
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originally posted by: MyHappyDogShiner
I can get almost all of that fluff at the flea market for a buck a disc.

Cheapa to check it out from the library though.

AnyVeg...
a reply to: caterpillage



Awesome! Cool for you then, keep on keepin on!



posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 09:29 PM
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I don't think any disease will wipe out humanity as we know it. Someone will survive and carry one. Only way is if a cataclysmic event were to occur, destroying the earth. Or as Giorgio tskoulous from ancient aliens would mention, "Aliens." Just my opinion.



posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 09:40 PM
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Yes, it will end life as we know it. Yes.



posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 10:42 PM
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Ebola is the PSY-OP that will end life as we know. People believe everything they're told. So, when cold/flu season hits, and their "respiratory illness" creeps in, they'll do as they're told; just like the Jews!



posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 10:45 PM
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a reply to: ImDaMan

I am afraid that you are right, perhaps a littler rough on the post but the possibility is one even I contemplate as the developments with ebola and the scaremongering takes shape.

It will come to the point that people will be the ones begging for mass vaccinations.



posted on Oct, 13 2014 @ 03:00 AM
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Before this current outbreak, for many years we were warned by virologists opon discussions of pandemics that ebola was the one of nightmares.

Looking at the current situation and you must conclude that it is too early to see how this will play out. On one hand we have care workers in protective gear becoming infected yet on another we have those that have been in close contact (Duncans family, the deputy Sheriff, the judge etc) who appear to not be infected when they didn't have protective gear.

Then we have places in Africa where it has reached urban areas with poor sanitation. Although there are indeed cases, it isn't spreading like wildfire to my knowledge, in a way that backs up our fears of a huge death toll as a percentage of a population.

In my own opinion, not that I'm qualified, I think we can control and manage this outbreak. We will of course have cases cropping up in the west, not relating to the current cases that have already arrived from africa.

Of course this is only speculation, we could all die horribly.
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edit on 13-10-2014 by ProleUK because: Another typo, there will be more but who cares.



posted on Oct, 13 2014 @ 03:16 AM
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The media spreads the fear... not the virus.

This is neither a bio-weapon nor an apocalyptic event. Canadians even believe they have found a cure.. isn't it funny how people don't talk about that? This is definitely only the end of the world in the minds of media wanting to sell their story.. and fear sells well.
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posted on Oct, 13 2014 @ 03:23 AM
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You have a better chance of getting west Nile virus....




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