Friday, October 17, 2014
Edited at 4:35 PM, Mountain Time, USA, 10-17-14
I've never worked in the medical field. I did teach Biology and Environmental Science at both the high school and college levels for many years, and I worked several years as a HazMat Specialist in both the public and private spheres. As a private HazMat consultant, I've trained literally hundreds of employees in Emergency Response...including extensive training in PPE, Personal Protective Equipment. I mention these bona fides only because I want you to believe what I say below.
Ebola is one of the most dangerous organisms on the face of the Earth, and Oligarchs in the Healthcare System (in this country) do not appear to be treating it with the proper respect. For example, those dinky facemasks that healthcare workers are wearing will not suffice 100% of the time. At the very least, workers should also be wearing a full face shield... and they should be trained in what to do if that shield is sprayed with sputum, vomit, or blood. Other huge problems include the fact that apparently some hospitals have not trained their staff sufficiently in the use of PPE. Incredible!!! Every hospital is required by Law to have a Bloodborne Pathogen Program; PPE training is part of that Program. Every hospital is required by Law to have a Hazard Communication Program; PPE training is part of that Program. There are other Programs as well that apply to hospitals, and they require PPE training. It looks as though some Head Honchos are falling down on the job... and should be fired.
Given current events of late, I cannot believe that a sick person shows up at a hospital, says he's recently been in LIBERIA, he's examined, and sent home. Whoever runs that hospital needs to not just apologize (which he did), he also should resign. That same hospital in Texas is among those which appear to have inadequate PPE training. [On second thought, I shouldn't be surprised. I lived in Texas for only a few years, but it was long enough to observe that Texas in general is one of the most backward States in the Nation... especially when it comes to complying with Environmental/Health/Safety (EHS) Laws. The public water in the town I lived in failed to meet Fed EPA water quality standards for two years in a row. In their Annual Water Quality Report, the Water Department explained that they were working on the problem, but "no water anywhere is pure".]
Our Fed Gov't is trying to calm fears. Good for them...but they aren't being totally honest. As to the World response to this outbreak, it's pitiful.
My message to Oligarchs in the Healthcare System in America is simple: wake up... you're asleep at the wheel when it comes to Ebola.
Not just my opinion. Be Well
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
In an earlier post, I related the story of Frontline's piece, "The United States of Secrets"... truly a MUST-SEE film for anyone who loves Liberty. This past Sunday, 60 Minutes essentially re-told a portion of that same piece in a story entitled, "The War on Leaks". It involves the current case of the NYT reporter, James Risen... a genuine American hero. Risen, as well as Tom Drake and others (independently), revealed the illegal and unconstitutional spying-on-Americans scheme of the NSA. In both films, Bush-Obama-Hayden are revealed as the propagandists, deceivers, and violators of the First Amendment that rival anyone in recent memory. [Hayden is the guy who, at the behest of Dick Cheney, came up with a plan to spy on Americans that exceeded the Executive's authority. They knew it was illegal, but didn't care.]
Relative to all this, here's how the highest levels of an Outlaw Fed Gov't operate: they concoct and execute a completely unconstitutional, secret plan to spy---without proper warrants---on citizens of their own country, and then, when the scheme is exposed, they criminalize & prosecute the whistleblowers. They make it illegal to expose the illegality of the Govt's actions. Perfect...for them. On top of that, We the People have to endure the wishy-washy, sleazy, weak-minded propaganda "justifying" it all... put out by the puppets of the Oligarchy. Michael Hayden, former Head Honcho of the CIA & the NSA, is the worst example. On second thought, Barack Obama may be the worst example... he has pursued and prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other Presidents combined. That's according to 60 Minutes. This is the guy who said he would protect whistleblowers. [When Obama starts talking, about 50% of the time he's lying... and if you look carefully, you can see it in his eyes.] Dubya Bush started the case involving James Risen, and Obama is pursuing it vigorously. The propaganda from both Bush & Obama surpasses that even of Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton.
A Free Press is (or should be) inviolate in this country. It really is our primary protection from corruption in government and loss of freedom. Unfortunately, our present Fed Executive---like the one immediately before him---is waging an unprecedented war on journalism. The case against James Risen is a prime example of that, as was the pursuance of Tom Drake.
I suspect that some people , perhaps many, feel there's nothing we can do about any of this. That's simply not true. It's not a question of "can we", it's one of "will we". Though we live in a soft Fascist State, we still have considerable freedoms; plus, even in a dictatorship, public opinion matters.
The solution will not be found in "voting". It should be obvious by now that these politicians essentially are all the same; they are selected, groomed, and financed by the Oligarchy. Obama is a prime example. [The very, very few who aren't puppets quickly are demonized and/or marginalized and/or eliminated by the Political Machine & the Corporate Media.] No, "voting" is not the answer; it might be someday, but not now. Ballot-access laws (among others) will have to be changed first... an almost impossible task. Peaceful, nonviolent expression and/or protest and/or boycott is the way to have an impact.
As Henry David Thoreau wrote, "Let your life be a counter-friction to the Machine.". That can be done in many ways, not just by marching in the streets. It can be done individually or in groups organized around just causes... or both. It can be done by speaking up (and out) in encounters with Institutionalists, in conversations with anyone, in Art (including Street Art), in music, in boycotts, in writing... in all kinds of peaceful actions. Use your imagination. When the Pulse of the People is overwhelming enough, even Oligarchs pay attention.
Not just my opinion. Be Well