Friday, October 17, 2014

Special Assclown Award!

It's fun to be interviewed by the media for your expertise, but when you pull your pants down and spank yourself in front of God and everyone, on the biggest news topic of the day, probably not so much:

From Canada's National Post
In Akron, Ohio, officials dismissed students at the Resnik Community Learning Center at midday and said it would remain closed until Monday. In a letter to parents, the schools superintendent, David James, said that “a parent at the school had spent time with Ebola patient Amber Vinson when she visited the area this past weekend.”
Health care specialists expressed skepticism about the closings.
Dr. Paul Offit, the chief of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, likened the response to the early days of the AIDS epidemic “when people were afraid to walk into a grocery store and pick up a piece of fruit because they didn’t know who’d touched it.”
“This isn’t flu or smallpox,” Dr. Offit said. “It's not spread by droplet transmission. As long as nobody kissed the person on the plane, they’re safe.”
 Apparently Chief of Infectious Diseases is more of an honorary title.

(CDC Info): When an infection does occur in humans, the virus can be spread in several ways to others. Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with
  • blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
  • objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
  • infected animals
  • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats. There is no evidence that mosquitos or other insects can transmit Ebola virus. Only mammals (for example, humans, bats, monkeys, and apes) have shown the ability to become infected with and spread Ebola virus.
Healthcare providers caring for Ebola patients and the family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at the highest risk of getting sick because they may come in contact with infected blood or body fluids of sick patients.
During outbreaks of Ebola, the disease can spread quickly within healthcare settings (such as a clinic or hospital). Exposure to Ebola can occur in healthcare settings where hospital staff are not wearing appropriate protective equipment, including masks, gowns, and gloves and eye protection.
In case the recommendation for masks and eye protection wasn't obvious enough, let's go to the CDC's current recommendation for Healthcare Providers, (which a normally intelligent person could be forgiven for thinking might actually apply to the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia):

CDC FAQ: If a patient in a U.S. hospital is identified to have suspected or confirmed EVD, what infection control precautions should be put into place?

If a patient in a U.S. hospital is suspected or known to have Ebola virus disease, healthcare teams should follow standard, contact, and droplet!!! precautions, including the following recommendations:
  • Isolate the patient: Patients should be isolated in a single patient room (containing a private bathroom) with the door closed.
  • Wear appropriate PPE: Healthcare providers entering the patients room should wear: gloves, gown (fluid resistant or impermeable), eye protection (goggles or face shield), and a facemask. Additional protective equipment might be required in certain situations (e.g., copious amounts of blood, other body fluids, vomit, or feces present in the environment), including but not limited to double gloving, disposable shoe covers, and leg coverings.
  • Restrict visitors: Avoid entry of visitors into the patient's room. Exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis for those who are essential for the patient's wellbeing. A logbook should be kept to document all persons entering the patient's room. See CDC's infection control guidance( on procedures for monitoring, managing, and training of visitors.
  • Avoid aerosol-generating procedures: Avoid aerosol-generating procedures. If performing these procedures, PPE should include respiratory protection (N95 or higher filtering facepiece respirator) and the procedure should be performed in an airborne infection isolation room.
  • Implement environmental infection control measures: Diligent environmental cleaning and disinfection and safe handling of potentially contaminated materials is of paramount importance, as blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine and other body secretions represent potentially infectious materials should be done following hospital protocols.
Dr. Offitt, you're evidently an ignorant, uninformed, unprofessional assclown, who should resign your position immediately for the good of humanity, before your errant jackassery gets people under your care or supervision killed from your total lack of knowledge on this critical topic, supossedly your very area of clinical expertise. Especially for someone who took journalism to task and advocated "Journalism Jail" for bad medical reporting. Consider yourself busted, and go spend a year or two in self-imposed exile for criminal medical stupidity.

Only consideration for your years of good work before you evidently lost your mind restrains me from suggesting you change your specialty to cats and dogs, or go home for some quiet time with a gun and a single bullet.

But you're still a dangerous assclown, and a threat to the safety of every child within 500 miles as long as you practice medicine without your brains, or open your mouth on the topic.

Bravo. The Cocobongo School Of Witchdoctory would be proud of you.


Anonymous said...

Able said...

I'd agree with the actions of the school if I thought it would make the slightest bit of difference.

In west/central Africa the standard (traditional) behaviour as soon as 'plague' is suspected is a strict (on pain of death) quarantining of area/village/family/individual, which is why they haven't all died out already. (Read about the sacrifices of those in Eyam, England to show what we should be considering).

Here? The chances are that the sensible precaution of 'possible' contacts being isolated from a chance to further spread the disease in a crowded school will be squandered when those very children (not to mention their siblings, parents and relatives) will be off out and about 'socialising' at the mall/friends homes/etc. (and parents who 'may' be infected off to work/gym/supermarket/bar, some by public transport I'm sure).

I'd say we have become 'too stupid to survive' but suspect it would at least increase chances if there was some sensible honest advice out there (for the LIV's to ignore).

As to 'Doctor' Offit let's just put him within 20 feet of someone infectious and coughing and see what 'he' does – who knew you could become 'chief of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphi1 with a diploma your mum found in a cereal box? Still he 'is' right, “This isn’t flu or smallpox,” it's potentially much, much worse – and he really shouldn't bring up HIV since there, yet again, by failing to ensure basic precautions (and enforcing them if needed) he and his colleagues caused 40 million to be people infected worldwide.

Me? I'm going long on tar, feathers and piano-wire – I foresee making a killing.

A Texan said...

While Dr. Offit may have won the Special Assclown Award, he has quickly been eclipsed - in perhaps the most epic way imaginable - by the Assclown-in-Chief (who, evidently, was jealous of Dr. Offit's accomplishment).

You see, Resident Bozo Insane Obola is now apparently planning to bring African Ebola victims to the U.S. for treatment.!

It isn't enough that we got at least one because we weren't ready for it (and because the SOB lied to get in), and who succeeded in spreading it to at least 2 others (and they to God only knows how many more). No, that just didn't make the cut.

It isn't even enough that we're letting in AT LEAST 150 West Africans per day (which, if 5% of those have it and there is only a 10% failure-to-detect rate means between 3 and 4 Ebola patients imported PER WEEK). No, that's way too inexact and speculative, which is to say, too slow - and that's a FAIL.

Nope, those methods are JUST TOO FUCKING SLOW for Lucifer's favorite minion, so now we're just going to import 100% guaranteed Ebola hosts, wholesale, and let our medical system try to deal with them.


Let's see how that works out - I predict just as wholesale resignations from any treatment facilities "lucky" enough to be chosen by Obola.

I guess that you can probably figure out where your request (and that of 2/3 of the American people) that Obola ban flights for West Africans is going to get shoved, with extra Ghost Pepper sauce just for fun.

Sorry, Aesop, you're at least going to have to invent a whole new catagory for Assclownery...unless you plan to branch out into Downright Insane or Blatantly Evil. I'll leave that choice up to you. :>)

Either way, bad news for Dr. Offit, he's been shown for the complete amateur that he is.

A Texan said...

I couldn't resist this one:

You've been calling people "assclown" for a while now (and some of them really went above and beyond to earn that designation, as we all know).

But, anyway, I was listening to the radio last night and the host was talking about the origin of clowns, in general. It seems that they came into existence in 1348, as a means of offering some comic relief to those with plague, and to those who had lost loved ones to the plague. They are pale with red lips and noses, similar to corpses of those who die from plague, which accounts for their look (though not for the taste of the audience back then).

And, of course, assclowns came into existence pretty much at the same time, hence the relevance here. :>)

Anyhow, just to really shake some people up, 1348 (the first year of the Black Death) was exactly 666 years ago (and this may be the first year of the Obola Death). As some of the youngin's say, "FREAKY!"

Brenda said...

I've been reading your posts for a couple of weeks now plus I always read Survivalblog and Zerohedge. I am not nearly as educated as some but know a little bit and have some common sense (I think). I've enjoyed all your posts and thank you for your work. I have some questions. Great if you can answer, if not, time will tell. What is the bleach ratio for disinfecting ebola? Why do the ebola victims I've seen on youtube and on the internet look so healthy? I am expecting blood and blood blisters. Can you disinfect ebola in your microwave for 90 seconds as Rawles said on a recent interview? I have more but that is enough for a first time commenter. Thanks!

libertatis said...

"Doctor" Paul Offitt continues his unbroken record of assclownery.

He's the same government shill who loudly calls for pregnant women to be vaccinated.

"Vaccines for all! Come one, come all!"

This despite the fact that NOBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND gives a pregnant woman a vaccine--especially not multi-dose-vial flu shots replete with neurotoxic mercury.

Assclown, indeed.

Somebody do the world a favor and trip that bastard down a flight of stairs.

Aesop said...

1) Ordinary unscented household bleach (sodium hypochlorite 6.25%, see the label) at a ratio of 1 part in 10 parts, in water, i.e. 1 oz. of bleach and 9 ozs. of water, or 1 cup/9 cups, 1 gal./9 gal. etc., sprayed on and left in place for 10 minutes or longer to do its work properly (add time at colder temps; Ebola lives best in laboratory tests at refrigerator temps, <40F/4C).
Don't mix up more than you'll use at a time, because time, light, heat, etc. degrades and deactivates it. Ordinary liquid household bleach has a shelf life. If it's more than a year old, replace it, or don't use it for disinfection.
This is why people store powdered "Pool Shock", so they can make a fresh batch anytime they need more. (Pool Shock brings its own storage problems, but they can be dealt with.)

2)Because putting pictures of people horribly disfigured on TV and videos makes people throw up, and change the channel. Notice you don't see a lot of"during" or "after" pictures of third degree burn victims either, ever? There ya go.

3) I don't know. I'm sure it's possible, but I haven't investigated further.
While I appreciate Mr. ,Rawles' commentary and insight on a number of issues, have no small number of his books, and both link to and read his site regularly (as my blogroll will attest), I use my microwave for cooking my meals with some regularity.
So me putting potentially Ebola-infected material into the device where I heat what goes into my mouth isn't something that's going to happen this side of Hell freezing over, and pigs flying through the air on their own.
What Mr. ,Rawles or anyone else does with their microwave is their affair.
And IIRC, he mentioned it only in regards to disinfecting his mail thusly.
Personally, I'm trying to think of anything that would arrive in the mailbox during an Ebola pandemic that I couldn't live without, sufficient to move me to take such measures.
Clearly, he gets better things in the mailbox than I do.

Hope that helps, and thanks for reading.

Percy said...

Three things yesterday all should know and wonder about by now:

1. The DC/Pentagon bus woman potential Eblola case was complete BS, but, until that was known, it distracted two cabinet Secretaries and a state Governor, to say nothing of herds of others who work for them, preoccupied at last three sub-federal level"Boards of Health" that got involved in conflicting ways, scared the wee-wee out of a set of first responders who picked up the woman, got her to a hospital, and were detained pending triage (to say nothing of their families), got a hospital's staff all dressed up in PPE to deal with the woman during the whole thing, fielded a number of hazmat vehicles, and disturbed the crap out of other citizens who were on the damned bus at one time or another or had "contact" with those who were in any way associated with this fiasco. All this from about 9:00 a.m. yesterday through late in the day, when the story finally was debunked and a "no Ebola" message was put out. How and why did all this happen? This was just one, single, isolated case.

2. Dallas, as I worried it would, limited movement and mixing with others by any of the 70 people involved with patient zero at the Dallas hospital for the next three weeks. See: . Of course, this could be extended to those who have had "contact" with any of them, too, though that has yet to happen. How about the 800 people who got on either of the two Frontier planes involved in transporting the unfortunate nurse Vinson? Who enforces this and how? Fine or jail? What good does that do?

3. What is the real function of Obama's new Ebola Czar? To better control and make more uniform the distortions and dissembling by federal and state Ebola sources? Isn't that what he's been doing in other contexts for two Vice Presidents for most of his professional life? Is there anything else in his background that would recommend him for this spot?

Aesop said...

1. It was mishandled all along, and if she'd been positive, DC would be Dallas II at this point.
That's the exact thing to take away from that example.

2. The CDC probably prefers to work through the victims' respective state and county boards of health, who would issue either voluntary of court-ordered quarantine orders.
As I noted elsewhere, besides functionally taking the entire THP ER and ICU offline, lockdown of the other 74 individuals will guarantee that in future, staffs will be inclined to run out the back door, rather than do their jobs, and then go to home-lockdown when it turns out someone else effed up.

3. New guy is not Frieden, thus he doesn't walk in the door with Jacob Marley's 30-foot long chain of screw-ups, lies, misstatements, and assorted other assclownery.
That buys the administration a honeymoon period, and additional time to come up with cover stories when he, too, screws the pooch until it bleeds.
There's even the possibility that he gets a thing or two right from time to time, which would nonetheless be a notable improvement over Frieden.