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Comment: Re:No quarintine = no containment (Score 1) 111

by RockDoctor (#46751817) Attached to: Racing To Contain Ebola

Objectively, is there really anything to do other than to strictly and conservatively quarantine every country (and sub-quarantine cities as necessary) with a positive case?

We need the MDT-MRPQ tool that we sent back to that field base for service last month, and we'll need them at the end of next month.

Are you going to pay the consequential costs of your "advice"?

(Bear in mind - the lead time to manufacture an MDT-MRPQ tool is around 8 months. Which is why we rent them from Franco-American corporations instead of owning our own. This reduces the price of the fuel in your petrol tank.)

Comment: Re:Nuke it from orbit... (Score 1) 111

by RockDoctor (#46751737) Attached to: Racing To Contain Ebola

If that shit gets loose and starts infecting thousands or millions there might not be much of a choice

If that shit gets loose ... you have already lost the Conacry choice. You'd probably be safer by turning every port of entry into the Continental US into radioactive dust, and a hundred kilometres around.

Let the Hawaiians die - they've got native fruit bats and must be considered suspect.

Comment: Re:Is Ebola a "rapid burnout" disease? (Score 1) 111

by RockDoctor (#46751693) Attached to: Racing To Contain Ebola

2500 km?

Why would bats migrate from the RDC to Guinea?

Errr, because it was caught in a cargo shipping container?

(It might be an idea to read my previous - last 15 minutes - posts in this thread.)

Do I sound unconcerned? Of course I am. It's the same risks that I am exposed to in searching for oil to fuel your lifestyle.

Do you sound concerned? [I shrug] It's the same risks (etc) but they strike at your home. [Shrug.]

Welcome to the globailsed economy, where any organism anywhere in the world, be they plutocrat or bacterium, can exploit a homogeneous global target audience.

Comment: Re:Is Ebola a "rapid burnout" disease? (Score 1) 111

by RockDoctor (#46751647) Attached to: Racing To Contain Ebola

So major cities throughout the world are under direct threat and likely acting early rather than latter in cutting off sources of infection would be far safer.

Shrug.

We were receiving cargo onto the boat less than 48 hours out of Guyana, less than 2 weeks ago. Since then 1/4 of the crew will have crew-changed to (mostly) Louisiana, another 1/4 to Europe, another 1/4 to various places in Africa (including Guyana and Liberia), and half of the Philippine labourers will be lining up for their crew change.

Stable door is open. Horse is over there [points at horizon].

Comment: Re:Africa, eh? (Score 1) 111

by RockDoctor (#46751605) Attached to: Racing To Contain Ebola

Unless a Reston style variant decides to transfer to humans. Then we're pretty fucked.

Even then only for usages of the word "fucked" that include a mere 75% mortality.

We're humans ; we'd make that up in a couple of generations. 40 years. No, 50 years. No, maybe as little as 60 years.

Actually, stepping back the human population by (say) 75% might be one of the best moves a "Mad Scientist" (or "Rogue Government") could make for the species. Might be death for you, or for me (I was handling equipment 2 days out from from Liberia just 2 weeks ago), but on average, that's not likely to be a bad price.

"If John Madden steps outside on February 2, looks down, and doesn't see his feet, we'll have 6 more weeks of Pro football." -- Chuck Newcombe

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