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Ebola: Lack of Common Sense, Money or a Conspiracy?

Leigh Bravo · Oct. 20, 2014

The Ebola crisis is heating up day by day, while more Americans are effected by the disease and the Tekmira Pharmaceutical company has found itself in the right place at the right time to get approval on a vaccine for the disease, as reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Is it the never-ending speculation by media on every small aspect of this disease? Is it the day by day list of possible Ebola victims lining up here in the United States? Is our government and the CDC suffering from a lack of common sense in handling the potential outbreak? Has sequestration taken the money needed to fight the disease or have the people of West Africa hit the nail on the head pointing to a government conspiracy?

Since Thomas Eric Duncan flew into the United States infected with Ebola, we have had two nurses come down with the disease who were involved in his care. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to tell us that we should not worry, the government has this under control. However, he took no time in blaming Nina Pham for wearing too much protective wear, resulting in her own fumbled contraction of the disease. The second nurse, Amber Vinson, was showing signs of a low-grade fever, but was allowed to board a plane to Cleveland, as instructed by the CDC. Now, she is in isolation, confirmed with Ebola, but not before Dr. Frieden stated she should not have gotten on that plane.

Pan Cipriano, the President of the American Nurses Association, complained of sloppy systems during Duncan’s treatment:

“The precautions that were being followed were thought to be adequate. We are seeing now that those procedures are not effective. When we have a new pathogen like Ebola we have to have a new procedure because even a small exposure is affecting our healthcare workers. We look to the CDC for general guidelines. We have been following those guidelines, and we are anxiously awaiting any findings from the investigation in Dallas as to whether there is specific equipment or procedure or additional requirements that must be put into place to protect workers. We continue to look to the CDC to be vigilant and transparent in sharing their findings and hopefully upgrading or clarifying any additional requirements that are necessary.”

In a speech at the U.N. on September 25th, President Obama said:

“Ebola is a horrific disease. It is wiping out entire families….. This is a growing threat to regional and global security. In Liberia, in Guinea, in Sierra Leone, public health systems have collapsed. Economic growth is slowing dramatically. If this epidemic is not stopped, this disease could cause a humanitarian catastrophe across the region. And in an era where regional crises can quickly become global threats, stopping Ebola is in the interest of all of us.”

“….We are not moving fast enough. We are not doing enough. Right now, everybody has the best of intentions, but people are not putting in the kinds of resources that are necessary to put a stop to this epidemic. There is still a significant gap between where we are and where we need to be. We know from experience that the response to an outbreak of this magnitude has to be fast and it has to be sustained.”

After giving his speech at the U.N. President Obama then attended a fundraiser at a private residence in the Washington area. His schedule then put him on a fundraiser binge in New York City, Greenwich, Connecticut then onto LA for a backyard barbecue with Gwyneth Paltrow. If he was really concerned about the outbreak, then why did he just recently, bend to public and political pressure and cancel a few fundraisers?

Meanwhile in Texas, Ebola continues to raise its ugly head. This is where common sense can be questioned. The CDC went rampant with its campaign to combat a Zombie apocalypse, but not much to prevent and fight Ebola. Why hasn’t the CDC prepared for a pandemic outbreak? When the first case of Ebola arrived in the United States, it was clear that the emergency preparedness system was caught with its pants down. We have seen a steady stream of news anchors, politicians and the public at large demanding that a travel restriction be put into place in order to stop further spread. However, our government has refused to even consider travel restrictions. If we had initially put restrictions into effect, patient zero may have never stepped foot into the United States in the first place. Why did our President deliver such passionate speeches to the U.N regarding the necessity of controlling this horrible disease, yet basically ignore the situation here at home? Why is our government so incapable of using simple common sense solutions to address the problem?

Is it all about the money? Democrats have already begun using the Ebola outbreak against Republicans with the upcoming midterm elections. Believe it or not, they are now blaming the GOP for the Ebola outbreak. How can they point the finger of blame at Republicans while our president continues to prioritize fundraisers and golf over the current spread of Ebola? They claim Republicans took funding away from the CDC which would have allowed them to stop the outbreak of Ebola. In fact, Congress gave the National Institute of Health more than the White House requested, however, $1.5 billion was taken away due to sequestration. Who came up with the idea for sequestration? The White House designed it to force Congress to either chose painful cuts or higher taxes. Eventually sequestration was passed with a bi-partisan vote. So, has lack of money really caused the Ebola outbreak here at home, or should the CDC have spent their money more wisely, by preparing for a “pandemic outbreak” instead of a “zombie apocalypse?”

What if Ebola is actually a conspiracy by our government to control the population, make billions of dollars on a vaccine, and gain access to the natural resources in West Africa? There are those who believe this is all very purposeful.

The first rumor that started the conspiracy theory was an Ebola patent that was granted to the United States government in 2010. The CDC is actually one of six owners of the patent on the Ebola virus. Patent No. CA2741523A1. Why would our government file for a patent on Ebola?

In an article by Global Research, they claim:

“This patent may help explain why Ebola victims are being transported to the United States and put under the medical authority of the CDC. These patients are carrying valuable intellectual property assets in the form of Ebola variants, and the Centers for Disease Control clearly desires to expand its patent portfolio by harvesting, studying and potentially patenting new strains or variants.” [Emphasis added.]

“With this, we start to see the structure of the elaborate medical theater coming together: A global pandemic panic, a government patent, the importation of Ebola into a major U.S. city, an experimental vaccine, the rise of a little-known pharmaceutical company and a public outcry for the FDA to fast-track the vaccine.”

Also, in 2009, a story broke regarding the storage of over 500,000 containment coffins in Madison, Georgia. The lease on the storage location was being held by the CDC. Where they planning on some kind of epidemic requiring these burial coffins to control the spread of the disease? Why have so many containment coffins on the ready over 6 years ago?

We have all seen the reports concerning attacks on health care centers in affected countries, and were shocked at the murder of a team of 8 health care workers and journalists in Guinea. The workers were there to educate the people of the village on how to avoid contracting Ebola, when they were attacked with knives and rocks resulting in their death. The villagers believed the workers actually brought the disease to their village.

A large number of West Africans have begun kicking out the Red Cross claiming they have brought the disease and it is only those who receive treatments and injections from the Red Cross who get sick. They fear that Ebola was introduced into West Africa to substantiate the need to get troops on the ground in Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The West African people fear they are there to steal their newly discovered oil reserves, to take control of the largest supply of diamonds in the world and to force the Ebola vaccine on those who will not take them willingly.

Who can we believe? A story of conspiracy can surely makes sense when you look at specific aspects of the argument, but if it is not true, and the rumor spreads, are we setting ourselves up for more trouble by instilling a fear of preventative vaccines? Will it prevent the containment of the disease through vaccines if the majority of the population believes the government purposefully wants to spread the disease?

In this day and age of government corruption and lies, it has become almost impossible to trust our elected officials. So how are we to determine whether Ebola is here due to a lack of common sense and preparedness, a lack of funds, or is, in fact, a conspiracy put into effect by our own government?

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