Chellie Pingree voted for the GOP Secret Science Reform Act. Perhaps Representative Pingree simply sees the way the wind is blowing, and is happy to go along with the rising tide of right wing politics in America, health, privacy and science be damned. […]
In October, at the height of the Ebola Panic, Dr. Ben Carson wasn’t speaking reason. He was part of the panicked crowd, fanning the flames of fear.
Instead of speaking in measured tones about the precise risks to public health from Ebola, Ben Carson encouraged Americans to fear the worst. “We should be thinking about […]
Barack Obama refused to enact the travel ban that Matt Salmon demanded… and do you realize what the consequences have been? […]
Dan Benishek may be a medical doctor, but he’s trained as a surgeon, not as an infectious disease specialist. When he rants and raves about Ebola threatening northern Michigan, he’s betting that voters in his district are too ignorant to know the difference. […]
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America is now two weeks into the outbreak of Ebola panic, and still, the airborne transmission of hyperbole spreads, mutating into increasingly absurd forms. Americans are acting as if the entire body of their nation is under threat, and they’re beginning to shut down peripheral systems in […]
Over the last week, we’ve discussed the irrational exaggerations of the danger that Ebola poses to people in the United States. There is no Ebola outbreak in America.
That’s not to say that there isn’t a health emergency. There is. There’s a mental health emergency that is leading many Americans to support extreme policies that […]
Earlier today, in order to justify a ban on flights from west Africa in order to respond to a tiny number of Ebola cases in the United States, an Irregular Times reader using the pseudonym “Mr. Conservative” wrote that, “I guess one death is insignifigant for you Mr Liberal. But for me one death, two […]
Yesterday, the front page of the Wall Street Journal featured an alarming headline: Ebola Response Strains Hospitals. Under that headline, the paper told readers, “As the Ebola epidemic in west Africa expands, more cases could require treatment at US hospitals far from the specialized centers that have handled patients so far.
The mismatch between these […]
There has yet to be even one case of human transmission of the Ebola virus in the United States. People within the borders of the United States are already extremely safe, very well-protected from the spread of Ebola. Screening for Ebola is already taking place at ports of entry to our country, and medical teams […]
Over the last few days, panic over Ebola in the United States has reached ridiculous levels, as people with the common cold have begun to visit hospital emergency rooms, convinced that they are dying of the disease, despite the fact that no case of transmission of Ebola within U.S. borders has ever been recorded. As […]
The state of reporting on Ebola was best represented today by Jim Garamone of DoD News, who wrote breathlessly that, “The potential spread of Ebola into Central and Southern America is a real possibility.”
What this sentence seems to mean, in the context of the current panic, is that the spread of Ebola into Central […]