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I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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"Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks"

Harbel is a company town not far from the capital city of Monrovia. It was named in 1926 after the founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Harvey and his wife, Idabelle. Today, Firestone workers and their families make up a community of 80,000 people across the plantation.

Firestone detected its first Ebola case on March 30, when an employee's wife arrived from northern Liberia. She'd been caring for a disease-stricken woman and was herself diagnosed with the disease. Since then Firestone has done a remarkable job of keeping the virus at bay. It built its own treatment center and set up a comprehensive response that's managed to quickly stop transmission. Dr. Brendan Flannery, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's team in Liberia, has hailed Firestone's efforts as resourceful, innovative and effective.

Currently the only Ebola cases on the sprawling, 185-square-mile plantation are in patients who come from neighboring towns.


Forgive me if this story has already been linked here, but in light of some of the comments I'm reading here on DU, this story bears repeating. No Level 4 containment, no quarantine, just money to hire enough people to do the job.

Serious question, just out of curiosity -

can someone explain the difference to me between a virus spread by coughing or sneezing, and a virus that goes airborne? Or is that what going airborne means? Does it have anything to do with how long a virus can survive outside of a warm body?

Several reports today about various courts shooting down voter supression -

are the courts getting scared of the blatant Republican attempt to take over government by any means necessary?

What exactly is this "panic" the CDC, government in general , "they" etc are trying to prevent?

A run on the banks? A run to cabins in Idaho? A run to the grocery store for milk and bread? People giving up and abandoning shopping at the mall? A riot at TIffany's?

CDC, Ebola and health insurance:

From the CDC web page

"Avoid nonessential travel to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
If you must travel, please make sure to do the following:

Before your trip check your health insurance plan and benefits to learn what is covered"


Now, the CDC does go on to say that you should make sure you are covered for emergency medical evacuation, but I find the advice to check your insurance policy morbidly wonderful.

Instead of banning travel from West Africe -

how about handing a red card to anyone who has been there? If they start to develop symptoms and show up at an ER, they could show the red card and maybe get placed in isolation and given treatment instead of being sent home.

Elliot Stabler - bad cop

If you've watched Law and Order (and who hasn't?) you've seen Elliot Stabler rough up suspects as he arrests them, threaten them in interrogation and cover up crimes by his daughter. You've also seen other cops make excuses for him. Of course this is all OK because Elliot never arrest the wrong person.

Challenge: the holidays are coming: what will you serve the vegetarians and vegans at your

table beside eggplant parmesan?

Don't forget desert!

"Republican lawmakers would shake the Bush Cabinet for an Ebola czar"


Funny, wouldn't you think the Surgeon General would take the lead?

Oh, never mind.

"Thanks to the GOP, the US Is Without Its Top Doctor as Ebola Spreads "


Oh for goodness sake - how cheap can you get?!?!

According to the BBC world News this morning, there is concern that the Spanish nurse with Ebola could have exposed other patients. Wouldn't you think that if you had a case of Ebola in your hospital, part of ensuring that the Ebola doesn't spread would be to ensure that there is a dedicated nursing staff for your Ebola patient? Nothing says we care like having a nurse care for an Ebola case, then come into your room to take care of you!
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