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  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator September 14, 2014 To October 18, 2014. [View instapost]
    It is good to see that CDC is emphasizing the seriousness and contagiousness of this disease. It remains a terrible threat in the affected and susceptible countries and climates. But the likelihood of it reaching epidemic proportions from the rare and easily-isolated cases in the westernized countries is extremely low, despite the media frenzy surrounding each potential case.

    And for those rare cases, the critical care typical of US hospitals can greatly increase the odds of surviving the illness.

    The risk of contracting ebola remains many orders of magnitude lower than the risk of dying in a traffic accident on the corner where you live. Let's worry about reality for a change.
    Oct 5 11:28 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator September 14, 2014 To October 18, 2014. [View instapost]
    While your research into droplet size and deductive logic are impeccable, you are not considering the cellular biology of Ebola infection.

    Ebola virus lacks the surface proteins to infect human respiratory mucosa cells. It does not cause a coughing and sneezing illness like influenza or the common cold. It has the surface receptors for gastrointestinal mucosa and causes a vomiting and diarrhea illness.

    Projectile vomiting or throwing of feces would be the airborne routes of Ebola spread. A sneeze or cough from an Ebola infected patient, at very close range, might carry sufficient virus that is residual from vomitus to cause infection if it comes in contact with oral mucosa, the eyes (from what I have read), or an open wound; but the virus is very fragile and cannot survive long outside a warm moist environment, and hence the concept that it is not "airborne" in the usual epidemiologic sense of the term, as you elegantly have described.
    Oct 5 10:55 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator September 14, 2014 To October 18, 2014. [View instapost]
    If they are powerwashing with a bleach solution that should effectively kill any remaining live virus.

    This is not rocket science. Bleach solution is used to wash down workers in hazmat suits in Africa after exposure, as this is a standard disinfecting protocol and very effective for viruses.

    DG, see here:
    http://bit.ly/1rIMs9I

    And your favorite trusted source, here:
    http://1.usa.gov/1rIMs9L
    Oct 3 02:08 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator September 14, 2014 To October 18, 2014. [View instapost]
    Perhaps they are planning a Goodyear blimp advertising campaign?

    That would take some "preparations...."
    Oct 2 02:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #273, August 15 2014 [View instapost]
    Interesting development, but still far from constituting an effective Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.

    One would still need a means of recycling the 70% nitrogen or other inert gases and extracting the 4% CO2 we exhale, and using the magic crystals to add back the 4% O2 we have used up from the standard 21% in atmosphere. That means some sort of tank to hold the inert gases and a complex apparatus to complete the O2 and CO2 exchanges.

    The apparatus to do that would likely be much more complicated and expensive than today's compressed air tanks. But it does sound very cool.

    The other concern, is divers would have to be even more cognizant of depth and time limits to prevent the bends from excessive N2 saturation at depth, if the magic crystals could extract O2 from water and allow them to stay down indefinitely.

    It would definitely change the practice of SCUBA diving dramatically, if these problems can be solved economically and safely.
    Oct 1 01:52 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 369 Sep. 28 '14: BOD Approves 50:1 Rev. Split; EPower & Axion Present At The Battery Show; 10-Q For Q1 2014; S-1 For $15MM Share Issuance [View instapost]
    Technically, Yom Kippur does not start until sundown on Friday. Many Jewish businesses will close early Friday afternoon so that families can begin preparing for the sundown observance, but it is not a full business-day holiday this Friday.
    Oct 1 01:25 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stability Of The European Union June 2, 2014 To ??? [View instapost]
    Outside the Apple Store?
    Oct 1 01:10 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator September 14, 2014 To October 18, 2014. [View instapost]
    I can understand that, as I have wondered about doing the same.

    I have decided I am holding tight on OREX, as I expect sales to be better than the other new obesity drugs, and that should send the price back up when the Street sees it. But that may take a while yet.

    The drug should launch soon, but we still do not know exactly when, and chances are good that it will be put on insurance formularies fairly quickly, which will be an advantage over the others, which have been slower to get on formulary.

    Another advantage is that the 900 reps will provide samples to docs, which should also speed the market growth compared to competitors.

    Of course, all of this may take until 2016 to play out sufficiently to make a nice gain out of my $5.86 averaged costs.
    Oct 1 11:01 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator September 14, 2014 To October 18, 2014. [View instapost]
    You are not talking about the sloths in WHO, are you?
    Oct 1 10:53 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator September 14, 2014 To October 18, 2014. [View instapost]
    WSB headlned it today:

    "Economy
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case diagnosed in the U.S. The patient was placed under strict isolation, and CDC and Texas health officials are working to identify and monitor anyone who may have come into contact with the patient. In response to the case, Ebola-related stocks are jumping. Premarket: BCRX +14.5%; SRPT +5.5%; NLNK +13.7%; INO +3.2%; NNVC +12%; TKMR +26.7%."

    I hope the health dept officials can trace contacts completely and get them quarantined.
    Oct 1 08:23 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #273, August 15 2014 [View instapost]
    And from Segarra's recordings it is rather evident that the embedded Fed regulators are a bunch of chickens who want to join the foxes' club.
    Sep 28 04:46 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stability Of The European Union June 2, 2014 To ??? [View instapost]
    from the full WSJ article today:

    http://bit.ly/1rmrzDq (paywalled)

    Google search for "EU to Publish Details of Probes of Tax Deals Benefiting Apple, Fiat" to get past paywall

    >>The com­mis­sion will base its de­ci-sion in Apple's case on guide­lines on trans­fer pric­ing es­tab­lished in 2010 by the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nomic Co-op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, a club of rich coun­tries, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said.

    The move came af­ter ear­lier ef­forts by the EU to crack down on tax avoid-ance and tax eva­sion made painfully slow progress and yielded lit­tle. De-spite much hand-wring­ing by some politi­cians over Ire­land's low cor­po-rate tax rate, tax pol­icy re­mains largely in the hands of na­tional gov-ern­ments, which can veto EU de­ci-sions.
    <<

    So the EU wants to declare as illegal deals from 1991 and 2007 based on rules formulated in 2010.
    Sep 28 04:34 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stability Of The European Union June 2, 2014 To ??? [View instapost]
    How do the Eurocrats think they can declare illegal a tax deal between Apple and Ireland in 1991 when the EU was not even founded until 1993?

    Absurd.
    Sep 28 04:04 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #273, August 15 2014 [View instapost]
    The radio episode of This American Life that Lewis is referring to, featuring Carmen Segarra's recordings:

    http://bit.ly/1rrP3EK
    Sep 27 06:23 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #273, August 15 2014 [View instapost]
    Michael Lewis writes well.

    >>
    It's an extraordinary document. There is not space here to do it justice, but the gist is this: The Fed failed to regulate the banks because it did not encourage its employees to ask questions, to speak their minds or to point out problems.

    Just the opposite: The Fed encourages its employees to keep their heads down, to obey their managers and to appease the banks. That is, bank regulators failed to do their jobs properly not because they lacked the tools but because they were discouraged from using them.
    <<

    The fallacy is in believing the purpose of the Fed is to "regulate" banks. The reality is it was created over a century ago at Jekyll Island not to regulate, but to enable the banksters, by the very banksters it was supposed to be oveseeing.

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Goldman Sachs?
    Sep 27 06:09 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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