Friday, August 15, 2014

supplies needed in Africa

You Are Not Nearly Scared Enough about Ebola

Laurie Garrett
Foreign Policy
14 August 2014

"Here is the list of supplies Emmet A. Dennis, president of the University of Liberia, e-mailed that he needs for his medical school personnel now fighting cases in Monrovia:
Gowns -- Isolation
Underpads -- Disposable
Gloves, Examination -- All Sizes
Body Bags - Adult & Children
Infectious Waste Bag -- Red
Face Mask -- Duckbilled
Face Shield Disposable
Eye Shields -- Disposable
Shoe Covers
Aprons - Disposable
Sanitizer Wipes
Plastic Boots
Surgical Caps -- Disposable
Scrubs (L & XL)
Thermometer: Infrared -- Thermofocus
Disinfectant Soap
Chlorinated Disinfectant
Rehydration Fluids
R/L Solution
N/S Solution
It simply does not get more basic. As there are no miracle drugs for Ebola, the needs include few medicines, though other local responders tell me that they wish they had sterile syringes, saline drips, and fever modulators such as aspirin."


Hat tip: The Extinction Protocol (Highly recommend bookmarking this site as it is carrying solid articles on the Ebola outbreak, many of which are not from mainstream American sources. He has several posts about the pandemic again today, but I chose this one for the medical needs list, as many of my readers are Episcopal, and the denomination is known for its willingness to take up causes for those in need.)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

“cordon sanitaire” Ebola

Using a Tactic Unseen in a Century, Countries Cordon Off Ebola-Racked Areas

Donald G. McNeil, Jr.
The New York Times
12 August 2014

"Cordons, common in the medieval era of the Black Death, have not been seen since the border between Poland and Russia was closed in 1918 to stop typhus from spreading west. They have the potential to become brutal and inhumane. Centuries ago, in their most extreme form, everyone within the boundaries was left to die or survive, until the outbreak ended."


Hat tip: Sorcha Faal

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

another doctor has died of Ebola

Sierra Leone says another doctor leading the fight against Ebola has died from disease

Clarence Roy-Maccaulay
Star Tribune
13 August 2014

"Meanwhile, yet another doctor in Sierra Leone, Modupeh Cole, died on Wednesday, according to Sidie Yayah Tunis, director of communications for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. Cole, trained in the U.S., was one of the top doctors working in the Ebola isolation ward in Connaught Hospital in Freetown, the capital. He tested positive for the disease last week and was transferred to the eastern district of Kailahun, where Doctors Without Borders is running a treatment center."


update on Ebola in Nigeria

ECOWAS Lagos Protocol Member Dies - Patrick Sawyer Contact

Rhiza Labs FluTracker Forum
12 August 2014

"The ECOWAS Commission announces with deep regret the passing of a staff member of its Lagos Liaison Office, Mr. Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, aged 36. “Mr. Abdulqudir, a Protocol Assistant, was among those who assisted the Liberian delegate to a regional meeting, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who died from the Ebola Virus Disease at a Lagos hospital on 25th July 2014."


Hat tip: The Common Sense Show | Dave Hodges

The One Question about Ebola Nobody Can Answer

Note to readers: So very much out there on Ebola right now, and much of it disturbing, whether the view is that of conspiracy theorists, and what might happen; or the science that tells us not to worry; or the science that tells us we should...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

second patient with Ebola virus in Atlanta

Nancy Writebol, the second American Ebola patient, arrived in Atlanta and was transported to Emory University Hospital around one-thirty this afternoon.

And now we wish both patients and their families the best, and wait…

Saturday, August 2, 2014

ebola patient in Atlanta

Ambulance believed to be carrying Ebola patient arrives at Emory

WSB-TV tracked the landing of the plane at Dobbins Air Force Base this morning as Breaking News, culminating with the arrival of an ambulance at Emory University believed to be carrying the first of the Ebola patients to Emory University Hospital.

The above heading is from their site, however, I have been unable to establish the link to their live feed: what is on their site as that feed showed a weather screen, by the time I finished copying it to this post, and subsequent attempts to regain the original feed have not worked.

Twitter link gives the same WSB Live link, but it, too, goes to a weather screen. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has posted an article covering the arrival at Emory. According to their report,

Shortly before 12:30 p.m., the patient got out to the back of the ambulance and walked into the hospital. The patient and the ambulance crew were all wearing white germ-containment suits that covered their bodies from head to toe.

I had expected a medical helicopter for the transport, and am surprised that the transport was on ground level. Emory University is a city campus, and access to it is through Atlanta neighborhoods.

For those interested in keeping up with the local coverage, the following links are for the non-cable Atlanta networks and one for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

WXIA-TV (NBC affiliate)
WSB-TV (ABC affiliate)
CBS Atlanta 46
Fox 5 
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Friday, August 1, 2014

ebola (new links since 3 p.m)

Emory Healthcare to treat Ebola patient

Misty Williams
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
31 July 2014

"Emory University Hospital is expected to receive a patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus within the next several days, the university announced Thursday."


Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads

Mike Adams
Natural News
31 July 2014

"Just how much Ebola virus does it take to infect someone? Alarmingly, as the Public Health Agency of Canada explains, "1 - 10 aerosolized organisms are sufficient to cause infection in humans." (8)

Read that again: it takes just ONE aerosolized organism (a microscopic virus riding on a dust particle) to cause a full-blown infection in humans. 


UPDATE: Emory University Hospital may be receiving two patients rather than one; current information is that the transfer will be next week.

[Note to readers: A great many things have occurred in the time since I went on a sabbatical with this blog, noting as I did that some events along the way would require posting.

I can't say what is true or factual about any of these stories: merely that both sides of this issue should be in view. Whether the virus can be transmitted in the way some writers are describing, making informed decisions requires at least examining the possibility. Would that it were that we could pick and choose reality, and reality would be what we chose. As we cannot, reading from opposing views remains the requisite.

The links which follow are primarily from alternative sites, which may be harder to locate for those interested in reviewing the other side of this looming development.

This is a potentially volatile situation, and one where cooler heads must prevail. I live in Atlanta. Am I panicking? Not so much panic, as the wish that I could depart the city until whatever might or might not happen has come down the tube, and is resolved, and we know more than we at present can know as certain fact. I could have done with a little less reassurance from the Atlanta reporters last night that the virus could not be spread except by, etc., and that we would all be perfectly safe, etc.…

Have read too much now to easily coast along on that one.

The thought that the patient may already be here in the city does occur, as does the unfortunate realization that diarrhea is going to be most suspect when encountered in our work places: based on what I am reading, the virus itself could already be in our cities and nation (and world) at large. Ed.]

Underground Medic  ((Hat tip: The Daily Sheeple)
Freedom Outpost
From WND
From SCG News (Hat tip: Overpasses for America)
More from from Underground Medic
From WSJ
From Freedom Outpost
From Infowars
And Who Is Responsible for the Atlanta Decision?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

two views to an end

Presiding Bishop on LGBT rights

The Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori
The Episcopal Church (TEC)
30 January 2014

"No one of God’s children is worth less or more than another; none is to be discriminated against because of the way in which she or he has been created."


We Are Not 'All God's Children' 

Matt Barber
8 February 2014

"Indeed, God both created and loves – in a way most unfathomable – everyone who ever lived. He wove us together in our mother’s womb and numbered our every hair. But God the Father has only one begotten Son. The rest of us, in order to become one of God’s children, must be adopted – in, by and through – the One Who is the Son: Jesus Christ. Those who are not adopted are not children of God. Christ and Christ alone is “the way, the truth and the life.”"


I cannot see any way around the plain assertion by the Most Rev. Schori in her January address on LGBT rights being exactly and unequivocally that:

  • Homosexual folk are created by God as homosexuals…
  • Any ideation that homosexuality is a behaviour, and thus must be regarded as a sin (and in need of repentance, turning, amending and the forgiveness of God), is tossed out the window irrevocably…
  • And the ideation that homosexuals were created by God as homosexuals both allows and mandates that to say otherwise violates their basic human rights and that protecting their identity/behaviour/sin is inherent in (and stated to be) the mission of the Episcopal Church.

It is in that lack of necessity to repent, turn, and be forgiven by God that the problem begins…

The love of God sets us free from license: it does not give us permission ("freedom") to live there…

And to claim that homosexuals are created as homosexuals is a most dangerous undertaking.

And I say it again: where does the love of God take us? It does not take us to a place where we can live in sin. Being set free from bondage to sin remains the freedom of the faith.

Because one sin cannot be forgiven, and it involves claiming the work of the Evil One as that of the Holy Spirit of our Lord, you can readily see why many of us are distressed…

And why the clearest comprehension of what the Most Rev. Schori is stating as the mission of the Episcopal Church is requisite.

The mission of any Church that claims to be under the lordship of Jesus Christ is setting out the Gospel of our Lord, who came to set the captives free.

If we assert that sin is acceptable as is to God, we are not working in concert with our Lord to see that the captives are set free.

I have been waiting, as have many, for the Most. Rev. Schori to exactly say what she has said in her January address, above.

I AGREE that the love of God in us will facilitate respect for the dignity of others. The question of what that dignity might be, however, needs the careful analysis.

Christ healed a woman who had had an issue of blood for eighteen years. She had hoped to have the illness privately healed, hence her touching the hem of His robe, rather than asking to be healed. Any woman who has nervously smoothed the back of her dress before stepping out in a crowd will know exactly what that woman was hoping to facilitate in her own personal idea of healing will allow me dignity

However, in the same sense that Light invades darkness, and overcomes (that is, replaces) it, the woman could not have been healed privately.

Light had come!

When the darkness was overcome, her privacy (the exact 'essence' of dignity, for her) got tossed with it: what is of the day is plainly visible.

Dignity, in the Kingdom, is that place wherein Light has overcome the darkness.

I BELIEVE that God meets each of us where we are: how could we be met, otherwise?

Certainly, we cannot ascend to His level, to meet Him there!

But God does not leave us where He finds us, and that is the precious and fragile wonder of the faith: that we can be made new, and that God who loves us made (and makes) new possible for each of us.

The old wineskin gets tossed, belov├ęd.

It is in denying our brethren the opportunity to be made new in Christ Jesus that the mission of the Episcopal Church is confirmed at its most dangerous—.

To be exact…

At its most damning (exact sense of that word intended).

If you have not sinned, you cannot be forgiven.

I will not presume to say that the Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori has veered into the place that will not be forgiven.

Just that I cannot go where she is going with her…

NOTE TO READERS: I have been veering into a sabbatical, of late, with Notes from the Dying City, and balance uneasily as of yet on whether to make it official, or continue vacillating. The necessary readership for the amount of work involved in producing a blog has not developed. Too, another project that may prove more capable of setting out what I had hoped to accomplish herein seems to be gaining strength.

In addition, the sheer volume of 'awful' that I read out there, daily, seems to increase now. Setting in the little that I have handed on is like trying to plug a broken dam with one finger in a hole…

We live in a time when such is no longer possible.

Whether others are observing the increase in 'awful' is not mine to know. Certainly, some days it seemed like all the news was old, and even ho hum.

No ho hum now…

And I am speaking herein of the last few weeks or so of my observing, within the frame of this blog's existence.

Too, the sheer rapidity with which the destruction of this country is being accomplished came home to me recently as I listened to a report on some event—I think it was the Super Bowl, but would not wish to be held to it.

The reports had been covering how 'safe' everyone would be: from snipers placed at strategic points to helicopters to the more 'normal' safety measures now de rigueur. This particular report encapsulated all (in thirty seconds or less), along with the reports from happy crowd members jostling each other as each joyously proclaimed how 'safe they had felt.'

Whoa babe.

This is America now.

This is our country. And scarcely the tip of the iceberg of horrors set in amongst us…

As analysis of the whole, however, I remain of the opinion that I have not been able to do what I had hoped. The distance from one corner of the faith to the corner on its opposite end is so relentless in its hugeness that it has not been possible for me to set in what I hear on that opposite side to the audience herein.

In that I concede I have failed. In the main, yes, many bloggers (and news sites) accomplish what I attempted here: the issue has never been, however, that the news was handed on.

It has been that the particular corner of the faith wherein I reside is not as prone to reading what I read, and the hope that I could 'reframe' into the language that 'we' speak was the driving force behind what I hoped to hand on.

Because to preach to the choir, as my dad is fond of reminding, accomplishes little.

To merely hand on what we were all reading anyway could scarcely have been necessary!

Whether or not particular elements of that 'other side' can be trusted, however, remains a lament tainted with agenda…

I came to less of an ability to trust a great many 'authorities' as I worked with handing on. Yes, the reality remains: I do not want to be blind-sided, and far better to have tried to get out some sense of the whole, whether any of it ever came to pass (conspiracy theory is to 'maybe' as traditional news reporting is to 'happened'), than to have gone along thinking nothing was afoot…

And then be swept away, unprepared for the flood.

A generic inability to trust as 'insiders' individuals who may not be (the ultimate outcome of agenda) as truth-oriented as we are, then, both remains and accelerated, over the short course of this blog.

In the end, however, it is not so much time that I need to 'free up' to work on the other project more fully. Many bloggers blog in addition to full-time jobs that are far more demanding than my own.

It is in freeing up heart that I will gain, in firming up a sabbatical for Notes from the Dying City.

And heart, in any enterprise, is vital…

If any readers out there read this post, prayer to the one Lord who calls us from darkness on behalf of the new project would be most humbly appreciated. Many thanks to all who have supported the blog, especially to our Anglican Curmudgeon, for listing it in his sidebar of Episcopal and Anglican blogs.

I will leave Notes from the Dying City online, as several posts are read at large, even now, and the reality remains that items that must be trumpeted, for the sheer indignation of their existence, will continue to develop.

It's just that…

So many have, and I begin to lift my hands, then let them fall, eyes glazed over…