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Ebolaids

Minus the space unitards, this is just about where we seem to be right now.

16 Students in Texas Catch Ebola? Panic and a Hoax at the Grocery

“I swear I am never going to get a flu shot again,” said the young bagger at the grocery store tonight. “My arm is going to fall off, it hurts so much.”

“Sorry it hurts,” I said. “Thanks for getting a shot, though. A lot more people die of flu every year than have ever [...]

Putting the Maine School Ebola Scare into Perspective: How Abundant is that Caution?

As J. Clifford noted earlier today, the school board in the tiny community of Strong, Maine put a teacher on a 21-day leave because that teacher had…

… recently taken a plane flight to Dallas, Texas for an educational conference.

Yes, that’s all. Because the teacher had taken a plane flight to Dallas for [...]

Epidemic Of Ebola Panic Strikes More Victims in the USA

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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 [...]

Bumper Sticker: Stop Freaking Out About Ebola

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 [...]

Malaria Strikes The USA! Stop All Flights From Asia!

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 [...]

Ebola Ninnies: Names Of The Members Of Congress Who Are Encouraging Panic

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 [...]

What Could Happen With Ebola Is A Possibility, Say U.S. Military Geniuses

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 [...]

Americans’ Ebola Panic Reveals Afrophobia with No Sense of Scale

This morning, J. Clifford reports that people have called for the cancellation of flights from West Africa in order to stop Ebola, but refuse to take far simpler steps that would save many more lives. J. Clifford’s point is valid, but there are even more irrational reactions to Ebola surfacing in America.

Yesterday, someone at [...]

Identity Theft: How to Build a Hype

How to build a hype:

1. Read a Bureau of Justice Statistics Report, which finds that:

6.7% of U.S. adults were on the receiving end of “identity theft” last year, but this definition includes “attempted misuse” that was unsuccessful, and the most common way adults found out about such activity was to be contacted by [...]

While Gun Deaths Decline and Schools Remain Safe, Americans Flip Out

The National Rifle Association has been using the death of a small number of children to try and mandate the use of armed guards in every school across the country. Not coincidentally for a group funded by gun manufacturers, that would require school districts everywhere to buy a large number of guns. But is such [...]