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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Belligerent Populations": Are They in Africa or on the CDC's Facebook Page?

November 11, 2014, Tuesday
2:05 PM Central Time

Michael Giordano, a crusader for CDC-bashing panic commenting on the CDC's Facebook page, states:  "[T]he HIV morbidity and mortality rate in Africa represents 60% of all cases world wide. Evidence that it is out of control, therefore, efforts to contain it have failed. Expect the same failure with ebola. I did not place the blame for aids in Africa on the CDC, rather I placed it squarely on a belligerent population. you have a reading comprehension problem and are wrong most of the time. you are politicizing ebola in order to save your dear leader 0bama who is at 39% approval by the way. It is highly unlikely ebola will be contained in hot zones because the population refuses to follow containment protocols. also president Bush and many other leaders gave and still give massive amounts of aid to africa annually. you are ill informed, and very vociferous in displaying your ignorance."

Yes, of course he placed the blame for AIDS in Africa on the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control, to wit:

"[T]he CDC, The [sic] WHO and others have been unsuccessful in containing HIV in Africa which has 60% of all cases world wide. to contain an infectious disease you need to change behaviors. Since the population in these hot zones have deeply felt cultural beliefs centuries old, it is practically impossible to change certain behaviors that spread contagious diseases. Most of the population is resentful that developed nations endeavor to change cultural practices. Its a form of ethnocentrism to do so."

While it is undoubtedly true that Africa is plagued by many things, including a poor educational system, poverty, and superstition, it is also undeniable that America, and the entire world -- especially as evidenced by commenters on Facebook -- are not immune from having an inadequate education, poverty, and superstition.  Calling people in third-world nations "belligerent" populations because they lack many of the things we in the Western world commonly and ignorantly take for granted is not just insensitive; it's downright racist.  Racist, Michael.  Quit reading Breitbart.  Breitbart is not an accurate source of information concerning "belligerent" populations.  It's an accurate source of racism.  So is Fox News.

Please stop being racist on Facebook, Michael.  I know you'll say you're not and that I'm just playing "the race card," but that's what everyone says when they say something horribly racist and then want people to think anyone who points out that they're totally racist is being politically correct by pointing out their horrible racism.  People in Africa are just people, Michael.  They need help, and not vilification.  They are not "belligerent," Michael.  They are suffering.  You're not doing anything to help their suffering.  You're stigmatizing them and denigrating their culture, which might not be as advanced as a modern culture that tries desperately to create panic on the internet and on the CDC's Facebook page, but at least those less advanced cultures aren't trying to create panic and espousing hatred on the CDC's Facebook page.  Try to learn from their advanced example of persistence in a very difficult time in a very difficult landscape while they're dealing with a very difficult disease outbreak.  Ebola isn't Africa's fault, Michael -- no more than American diseases are Americans' fault.  Quit blaming diseases on institutions that are trying to fight them and quit blaming Africans for suffering from terrible diseases.  Be a decent human being.  I have faith in you, Michael.  You can do it if you try.

Think about it.  Let me know if you make any progress.  If you don't make any progress, keep practicing with this free invisible blue velvet kite I've given you.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Vaccine, Ebola, FEMA Camps, Conservative Fear-Mongering

November 10, 2014, Monday
8:49 AM Central Time

Look, stupid ... we at the Institute for Dissuading You From Making Ridiculously Stupid Conspiracy Assertions on Facebook totally understand that you have an intense need to make insane statements and comments about things which do not exist.  We like the fact that you have a mischievous side and want to prank people.  Or that you're totally insane or stupid and can't help yourself from believing in every conspiracy theory that exists.  We, however, feel it necessary to slap you down or otherwise humiliate you for your anti-social behavior.

Here's a list, numbered for those who have mathematical abilities of some sort, detailing what facts you should be made aware of, even though we know you will totally dismiss them because you're so fuckin' stupid.  Ours is a futile gesture, but we at the DYFMRSCAF subscribe to the Don Quixote code of Windmill Battles.

1.) FEMA has no intention of imprisoning you for being as stupid as Glenn Beck.  Although we'd like to imprison you and Glenn Beck, neither we nor FEMA has, nor will we ever have, the authority to imprison you just for being incredibly stupid.  One day, maybe, but probably not ... just not yet.

2.) Vaccines are fantastic and they don't make you sick.  Some people cannot tolerate them (the people who cannot tolerate them due to health reasons are far fewer than the number of morons who claim they can't tolerate them for health reasons).  You don't have to legally get vaccinated, but we at the DYFMRSCAF insist, without any legal authority whatsoever, that you do the right thing and punch yourself in the face for not getting vaccinated for medical reasons when you actually have no medical reason to prevent you from receiving life-saving vaccinations.  And Jenny McCarthy is probably very well intentioned, but she's an expert on fart jokes, not vaccines.

3.) Ebola is not airborne.  Airborne is not the same as contact/droplet transmission.  Smallpox, chickenpox, measles, mumps, and other diseases, like influenza, are airborne and quite highly contagious.  Ebola is highly contagious and potentially very deadly, but it is not airborne.  If it were airborne, it would be much more contagious and that puckered asshole feeling you get every time you hear the word "Ebola" would be warranted.

4.) Travel bans do not work.  You will dispute this because of your ignorance, but travel bans only serve to impede treatment and containment of infectious diseases.  You think the CDC is lying about this, and you will use whatever you perceive to be any inconsistency, however ridiculously minor, to bolster your insane, xenophobic, racist argument for shutting down Africa.  But travel bans are counter-productive.  This is established scientific fact.  You're too stupid to understand this, but if you accept it, you'll feel less anxious about the alien beings you believe are stalking you through radio waves.

5.)  The CDC is a government organization dedicated to helping people -- even incredibly stupid people.  That means you.

6.)  We at the DYFMRSCAF don't feel we should go any higher in our fact list, because the list is numbered and we doubt you can count much higher than six, anyway, so we'll end this factually accurate blog post by saying, "You're stupid, so learn from others and respect the knowledge of people who are smarter than you could ever hope to be and who are not paranoid schizophrenic fear mongers."