Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ebola Poll: Can Bodily Fluids be Airborne?

The general public is told by government officials and healthcare professionals that Ebola is not an airborne transferable disease, and that it can only be transferred via bodily fluids by intimate contact with an infected person — but only AFTER they begin showing symptoms (such as fever.)

But yet, even though we're told that Ebola can not be transferred via "airborne bodily fluids" being discharged from living beings, Ebola can be transferred by contact with non-living infected surfaces — such as clothing (etc.) The general public wonders, "How can that be?"

Or can Ebola only be transferred in the same way as the AIDS virus — through intimate contact — such as sexual contact, kissing, blood transfers or ingesting someone's tear drops? This is all very confusing.

Trained healthcare professionals (who know the risks) can become infected while wearing special suits, but regular citizens on the street are told they have nothing to fear if someone else is infected with Ebola until they get a "fever". Otherwise, we're told it's perfectly safe if an infected person sits on an airplane, rides through the subway and visits a restaurant; and that only by way of "intimate contact" — and only then AFTER an infected person actually has a fever — can anyone else be infected.

If it can, how long does the Ebola virus live outside a host (animal or human) body? And if it does, and an infected person vomits in a public bathroom, how long will that room be infected and remain a dangerous room to use? (Because we assume that the virus can live outside the host body in vomit and other "bodily fluids".)

If the period between "contact and incubation" is the maximum of 21 days, and healthcare workers who have been to West Africa realize this; then why do they object to a 3-week quarantine period when they know that there is still a slight chance that they could infect their loved ones with a deadly disease after returning home? Is it because of a 3-week loss in pay? If so, then maybe a law should be passed to pay these people while they are quarantined.

Why does that nurse in Maine (who returned from Africa after treating Ebola patients) object to a 21-day quarantine (saying she doesn't have a fever), even after a doctor who returned from Africa after treating Ebola patients developed a fever only AFTER being out in the public on the subway, bowling ally and zoo. Obama, siding with the nurse, stood with other doctors at a press conference who had just returned from Africa after treating Ebola patients. But yet, soldiers (who don't treat Ebola patients) are to be quarantined for 21 days after returning from Africa. (Mixed signals...mixed signals...mixed signals.)

So, we're told that Ebola can't be passed by casual contact or nearness to an infected person unless they have open cuts on their body and an infected person is oozing with bodily fluids and comes in physical contact with someone's open wound, or has sex with them --- but only AFTER they exhibit symptoms of infection. Otherwise, they have to come in physical contact with infected people when they're very sick, near-dead or dead.

But yet, infected people cannot infect anyone else with a sneeze or cough because that's "airborne" — and Ebola is not an airborne transferable disease.

All of this confusion can only be described as a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. This poll (at Goggle Docs) should be completed by government officials and healthcare professionals, and well as by the general public.

* NOTE: After voting in the poll, scroll back up the page (which then will be showing green space) and look for the link "See previous responses" to see the poll results.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

An argument for NOT caring about Inequality

(* Excepted from a post titled Scale, Profits, and Inequality by Dietrich Vollrath, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, University of Houston)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jobs of Multiple Job Holders Counted as Number of People Employed

The government has been counting the number of jobs held by "multiple job holders" as the number of "people" who are "employed", understating the actual number of people working and the actual number of people unemployed --- currently for a difference of 5.7 million. First, let's begin with new wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, who reports:

Why Profits aren't Reinvested, Creating Jobs (in the U.S.)

First read "The Profits-Investment Disconnect" below by Paul Krugman:

Offshoring to Africa — or Outsourcing to Robots?

Why Africa might not expect to see a vast number of jobs offshored to them, as they have been from the U.S. to China, Vietnam and Cambodia (etc.) In his post, What Path for Development in Africa -- and Elsewhere? Tim Taylor writes:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Fed's Lyin' Eyes (Labor Force Partcipation Rate)

QE = $233,000 per job

The reasons the Fed has been giving us for the falling labor force participation rate have been utterly ludicrous — "an aging work force", "retirements", "young people going to school", "those on disability" and those who choose to "stay home to take care of family or home". While these factors may contribute to the decline, they don't significantly, and they aren't the main reason. Millions of Americans already know from personal experience that it's mostly because of  "a lack of jobs" (and mainly for younger people trying to enter the labor market).

Is this the Smoking Gun? (Jobs and Participation Rate)

Using data from the Bureau Labor Statistics, they reported an additional 1,911,000 year-to-date (from Sept. 2013 to Sept. 2014) for those "not in the labor force". Now subtract 1,155,557 for retired and disabled on Social Security during that same time for a difference of 755,443. That would indicated that, out of 3,037,040 high school (and college) graduates this year, 755,443 of them dropped out of the labor force to maybe "take care of home or family"

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Social Security COLAs (1975 to 2014)

The very first Social Security check (check number 00-000-001) was issued to Ida May Fuller in the amount of $22.54 and dated January 31, 1940.

(The charts below are from the St. Louis Fed) Historical Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. As you can see, inflation really began taking off ever since the 1970s.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Poll: 64% of Voters think U.S. is "Out of Control"

In a recent poll by Politico, they asked "Which of the following comes closest to your own views when you think about the United States?" The number one answer to that question that made the morning headlines was: "Things in the U.S. feel like they are out of control right now.........64%

Other poll results:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Why the US should be more like France

Not in the way we grow grapes and ferment wine in Napa valley, and not in the way we process cheese in Wisconsin, but in the way we treat our workers.

Conservatives have been well known for bad-mouthing our European ancestors — especially the French 1 — calling them "socialists" and whatever other insults they can think of to hurl at them 2. Although, "socialist" isn't even an insult, but a political terminology that's used as a scare tactic by the Republicans to invoke irrational fear — equating Socialism to Stalinism and genocide (playing on their base's ignorance).