The “Spiral of Silence”: Self-Censorship and Political Correctness

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Despite that it’s commonly believed that the Internet facilitates free speech, a new study indicates that on social media people tend to not speak out if they believe that their views are unpopular or if they perceive that they may be negatively criticized for expressing their heart-felt opinions. The authors explain that it’s long been known that people self-censor in face-to-face interactions:

A major insight into human behavior from pre-internet era studies of communication is the tendency of people not to speak up about policy issues in publicor among their family, friends, and work colleagueswhen they believe their own point of view is not widely shared. This tendency is called the spiral of silence.”

Some social media creators and supporters have hoped that social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter might produce different enough discussion venues that those with minority views might feel freer to express their opinions, thus broadening public discourse and adding new perspectives to everyday discussion of political issues.

This new study found, however, that, as with face-to-face interactions, people will also self-censor on social media if they believe that they hold unpopular (“minority”) opinions or because they fear “ostracism or ridicule” if they express themselves truthfully. In fact, there’s much more to fear these days than ridicule or shunning.

When specifically asked whether they would express an opinion about Edward Snowden and government surveillance, people reported that they were more likely to avoid such discussions on social media than in person.

Researchers should not be surprised by these results. Why should anyone be surprised that people might be afraid to opine online about the NSA spying on citizens who comment on the Internet?

It should also be no surprise that on social media people self-censor and/or avoid discussing controversial subjects, because most social media now require individuals to identify themselves. More and more often, people cannot opine on the Internet anonymously.

Ever since 1776, when Thomas Paine anonymously published his pro-revolution pamphlet, Common Sense, anonymous public comment has been “the American Way.” But that’s a right that’s being deliberately eroded.

Multiple social media platforms are now linked together. They share information (via cookies), so that someone logged onto Facebook is automatically “known” to Twitter and You Tube, for example, and also to many other sites, including some blogging platforms. People have learned this disconcerting fact. Some learned it in a rather unfortunate way when they forgot to log out of Facebook and then wrote something online that they would not have said had they realized that their true identities were being linked to comments that they had no power to edit or delete.

Often times, websites will allow comments only by those who are willing to identify themselves. Many news websites now require a person to log-in on Facebook or Twitter, so that the website administrators as well as readers know exactly who the commenter is. The reasoning, allegedly, is to encourage  individuals to be more civil to one another, but one has to at least suspect that the progressively minded know that people will then self-censor and not state their true opinions, especially when commenting about a story published in the mainstream media.

It’s no secret that the media in the USA skew left. Thus, by forcing commenters to identify themselves, the media can suppress opposing views, avoid criticism, and keep readers from pointing out bias in their articles, all at the same time. In addition, they can promote their own political agenda at the expense of diversity of opinion.

And so it becomes harder and harder to remain anonymous when commenting on the Internet.

Fear (of the very real repercussions some have suffered as the price for speaking out) fuels the spiral of silence, ensuring that there is no diversity of opinion. This is exactly the result that some would like to see.

Politicians, progressive activists, and some social media executives, who coordinate with like-minded politicians, are pushing for laws, regulations, or policies specifically designed to prevent people from participating in discussions anonymously.

If a person is identified, then that person can be brought to heel after a little research into his or her background, which is now much easier thanks to social media. From a person’s Facebook page, depending upon how carefully the person crafted privacy settings, anyone can build a dossier on that person, including friends, family, likes, dislikes, political views, employer, church, associations (embarrassing or otherwise)–the possibilities are nearly endless.

Social media have become a particular weapon of the progressive left, who use political correctness to force people to conform to their mindset. Those who do not follow the preferred ideology or practice the increasingly common “religion” of secular humanism are shamed, at best.

At worst, they’re punished when they do not conform. The Enforcers of Right Think use information gleaned from the Internet to go after the wrong-thinker’s business, livelihood, family, and/or reputation. We’ll look at some recent examples in the next post.

The tendency that some people have to search and destroy those with whom they disagree is exactly why there’s a spiral of silence both on the Web as well as in face-to-face discussions. Depending upon how politically incorrect their points of view are, too many people find that they must self-censor their speech lest they, too, are investigated by the Enforcers of Right Think and then find themselves punished (e.g., fired from their jobs or expelled from school) solely because they exercised their constitutional right of free speech.

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155 responses to “The “Spiral of Silence”: Self-Censorship and Political Correctness

  1. Barry Soetoro, ESQ116p · 3 hours ago ~ @BR …powerful etc.

    Small town Oklahoma paper reports on SANDY HOOK hoax. Oct. 1

    See PAGE 4: http://bannernewspaper.com/clients/bannernewspape

  2. I should have known…. better… shame on ME!!!

    Click to access Oct12014issue.pdf

  3. NYT PAGE ONE THURSDAY: MICHELLE O OPTS OUT OF SENATE RACES…
    ‘Believes some Dems have been insufficiently supportive of her efforts
    to end childhood obesity’…
    ‘She hates to be away from home’…
    ‘She resents Republicans for their opposition to her husband’s agenda’…
    Developing…

  4. Pray……..They are trying to cover this up. This is BAD…………………

    Remember they had major alphabet agency drill here at Quail Springs Mall a few months ago.

    Did you see interview of Mosque informant on The Kelly File tonight.
    Chilling……..Must watch………….

    Police say they cannot disclose what questions the man asked until they first make contact with him. However, multiple sources tell News 9 that the man was asking questions about how many police officers worked there on a normal basis and how close the nearest police department was.

    http://www.news9.com/story/26678215/police-investigate-report-of-unauthorized-arabic-man-at-moore-hs

    • Now they’re up to 80 people being watched, so he contacted at least that many, or else someone else has it, too. They are so cavalier about it, saying they’re sure they can “contain” it. But what about all the INNOCENT PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES ARE NOW AT RISK BECAUSE OF THEIR POLITICAL CORRECTNESS (AT BEST) OR DELIBERATE NEGLIGENCE (AT WORST)? They act as if it’s no big deal if 50% of the infected die, just so long as they “contain” an outbreak. Any person here in the USA who comes down with this thanks to their lax oversight, should be able to sue people from Barry on down.

        • From that story, above, he was visiting his “girlfriend” in the USA. NOW riddle me this–if he’d never been to the USA before, how then did he get a girlfriend IN the USA? This girlfriend has 5 kids! How many are legal and how many do WE THE PEOPLE SUPPORT? So now I wonder, wonder, wonder what ELSE they’re hiding from us? Is this apartment complex one of those places where the government is placing those “unaccompanied illegal alien minors” who are flooding across the borders (with their moms)? If they are long-time residents (which doesn’t seem likely) they would all go to the same school, wouldn’t they? IF, on the other hand, they’re among those UACs (unaccompanied alien children) then it’s more plausible to see 5 kids spread out to 4 different schools. Right? Something smells big time (and I don’t mean puke). Is this WHY these UACs have been brought in, concentrated in one place, in TEXAS? Just for this scenario to play out? It takes 3 weeks to rule out getting the disease after exposure. If there’s a raging outbreak in Texas in a month or so, then what of the election? Hmmm? And then there’s that other epidemic, the enterovirus, which happens to share symptoms with Ebola, at least until people start bleeding. What of their precautions, where they all said, “Don’t worry. Our hospitals are trained to ask the right questions, look for the symptoms, and isolate people?” THEY SENT HIM OUT TO INFECT 100 PEOPLE!

          • FRom comments at Moonbattery
            Feet2Fire • 4 hours ago
            Caught a bit of “romanticizing” of the Ebola-Guy and Ebola-Guy-Galfriend’s history on CNN today. Have to admit–had to turn it off and struggle mightily against the urge to go vomit in the parking lot… Seems they met in a refugee camp in Liberia… blah-blah-blah… Developed a “relationship”… blah-blah-blah… She had his son… blah-blah-blah. Relationship soured… blah-blah-blah. She came to America… blah-blah-blah. Couple decades later, relationship back on… blah-blah-blah… Her pastor says she “lost a child in childbirth” somewhere along the line… blah-blah-blah. He was coming to marry her… blah-blah-blah…

            What is this: GONE WITH THE WIND, Ebola-Style? Spare us this effort to somehow elevate this disgusting saga into some kind of afternoon soap opera, please!
            Blah-blah-blah.
            :-\

            • Isn’t it odd how they fill in the blanks once people on the Web start asking questions and pointing out how nothing makes sense, nothing hangs together, and too many elements conflict? Do we have any proof that ANYBODY has Ebola? I’m serious. They locked the quarantined folks up away from cameras and the media, who were pointing out that they sure didn’t act like people at risk of spreading Ebola. Their behavior matches only completely evil people who care nothing for others OR people who know they’re not a risk to anyone (e.g., they know it’s a false flag). For whatever reason, the progressives want us to ramp up our “help” BIG TIME. They celebrated in Liberia when the news of Ebola in the U.S. was announced. It’s fishy. Big Pharma is in on this, too. Somebody stands to make billions off vaccines and new treatments and this “pandemic” or epidemic can make states waive rules on human experimentation.

              Now, after we’ve been told mega-times that health care in the Western world can handle this situation, we learn that a nurse in Spain who cared for one of their citizens who was brought back home for treatment has contracted Ebola from her patient. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? Hmmm? CORRECTION: It wasn’t a nurse, despite news reports saying so. It was a “nursing assistant” aka “nurse’s aide”. That explains much. Oftentimes, these aides are poorly trained, uneducated, and careless. I’m sorry, but it’s true. Do notice that two, at least, of U.S. Patient Zero Duncan’s family claim to be “nursing assistants” or “health care workers”. It’s almost as if they’re deliberately trying to infect as many as possible or at least to create as much fear as they can, right? I wonder how nurses who study long and hard to earn the title and get their licenses feel about being equated with these assistants?

      • Here’s what I mean by political correctness. These black people (are they even legally here?):

        “Most are not being quarantined, though Dallas County health officials have ordered four close relatives of the patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, to stay home and not have any visitors until at least October 19.

        The family was having some challenges following the directions to stay home, so we’re taking every precaution,” Texas Department of Health spokeswoman Carrie Williams said about why the state had issued a legal order. “Food and other needs of the family are being worked out logistically today. Those needs will be specifically covered to allow them to stay in the house.” …”

        1. They disobeyed the orders to stay home and out of contact with others. That’s implicit in this story.
        2. They are NOT “taking every precaution.” EVERY PRECAUTION would be to do what they used to do: Lock them up. Post a sign on the door and guard it to ENSURE they stay there. I’ll bet they’re not doing it. I know what they used to do because our home was quarantined, when I was a kid, on account of a family member with a contagious (childhood) disease, which isn’t even fatal!
        3. This “patient zero” threw up outside the apartment building on the way to the ambulance. At the time, they didn’t know it was Ebola. Who cleaned that up, if anyone. It was FULL of virus bodies and those viruses are now out there, in the environment. ANY CREATURE who contacted that vomit is at risk of contracting and then SPREADING this deadly disease. The only way it would be made safe is if somebody burned it or poured bleach all over it. Not knowing he had Ebola, then what likely happened? If anything, somebody hosed it off (would that destroy the virus?) or else mopped it up, which means that person could be a walking time bomb and what happened to the mop? How many other places was it used, spreading this virus everywhere? I’m just imaginin’.

  5. The FTOTUS “warns” that impeachment might hinge on just a few hundred votes in various races, that may swing the Senate to the Republicans. Only thing is, this would SEEM TO BE a reason to vote for the Republicans. 🙂
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/michelle-obama-warns-senate-control-impeachment-rests-on-few-hundred-votes/article/2554273

  6. Rosemary Woodhouse

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/fired-obama-immigration-activists-no-force-earth-can-stop-us_808488.html

    No! Of course no force on earth can stop them because…..

    Ephesians 6:12

    For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.

    • Did you catch what he was saying? He was hyping for the illegals to get out and vote. You know that was his intent. He knows he’s talking to “Dreamers” who, by definition, can’t vote. Then in the next breath he talks about how “change” is up to them.

      ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION = OPEN BORDERS = EBOLA.

      • Rosemary Woodhouse

        The plan has always been FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFORMATION and CHANGE. He did not lie. He is fundamentally changing the population of America. Consider yourself a dinosaur. As I’ve written before, there is a war on white people none dare address.

  7. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2778643/EXCLUSIVE-Friend-Ebola-victim-quarantine-visiting-apartment-sick-man-vomiting-wildly-reveals-fears-CDC-NOT-ordered-stay-indoors.html#ixzz3F2FnRGpJ

    Should be in quarantine, but he asks if he can use his (EBT?) card if he sanitizes it. So, on welfare? A refugee or just the usual garden variety? Ignorant and uneducated or what? May as well still be IN Africa, where the people have NO CLUE about disease, sanitation, hygiene, etc., and who believe, in some cases, that witches curse them to “cause” these diseases.

    You know, they keep saying Patient Zero (appropriate name) was here visiting family, and staying with family, and yet his “girlfriend” is NOT his “family”. Again, though: How do you have an American girlfriend (instantaneously?) if you’ve never been to the USA? Oh, wait. In THIS story, linked above, there’s mention of a grandmother of Duncan’s who lives in those Ivy apartments which, as suspected, were reported at FR as being Section 8 housing.

    These people (like Duncan and family, who won’t obey orders) and their unconcern for the lives of others put me in mind of Zeituni. Don’t they? Never give a sucker an even break.

    So Mr. Yah, the friend of Patient Zero, ALSO WORKS in health care–at a nursing home. Captive audience of victims. He’s a nursing assistant but seems not to know that he ought to be in quarantine instead of going out to shop, sanitized EBT card or not. He’s right, though, that we need to pray. I hope that family remains healthy. Innocent children’s lives are at risk. That’s the biggest crime of all. And it’s ON BARRY now. ON HIM. He allowed it.

    • “You know, they keep saying Patient Zero (appropriate name) was here visiting family, and staying with family, and yet his “girlfriend” is NOT his “family”. Again, though: How do you have an American girlfriend (instantaneously?) if you’ve never been to the USA?”

      Strange that he comes to see his ‘girlfriend’ and her ex-husband comes to the apartment to visit with him. (http://online.wsj.com/articles/dallas-man-says-u-s-ebola-victim-had-been-ill-1412270496)

      • I know. It’s very odd. Now the UK paper says he’s here to marry her. If it’s true that he was never here before, then how did he get into a romance with a woman who was (I suppose) married here to someone else and had kids and divorced? Then you have to wonder how someone who lives in Liberia in a neighborhood of tin-roofed buildings can AFFORD the airfare from Liberia to Belgium to Dallas, TX.

  8. So is there anything, at all, to this?

    http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/09/25/the-globalist-playbook-for-the-takeover-of-the-united-states/

    I notice in the plagued West African states that not that many sick and dying people (10,000 sick – 5000 dead) are causing the economic collapse of the entire state as people refuse to go to work and use self-isolation techniques to stay alive.

    It certainly seems that keeping our borders wide open at this time is a plausably deniable way of asking ebola carriers to enter the USA,
    and he needs to be challenged about this.

    British Airways and Air France have stopped their flights to those countries.

    I have just read an Israel article (sorry can’t retrieve the link) that says ISIS terrorists are suffering from ebola, as some of them are of African origin, and ya have to wonder if they will be willing to use their own sick bodies to import the disease into our country.

    I am suspicious about this.

    • Can’t say at this point if there’s anything to it or not. What’s sad is that we even have to wonder. You might think, “Could anyone possibly be so evil?” But then you have to remember Hitler, Mengele, Stalin, etc. So the answer is yes; there are people who are THAT evil.

  9. Of course he KNOWS the word ends in an “a” and not an “i”. Therefore he is never saying/denying/talking about Ebola. He is very intentional. Just like his recent “Obie Guynie” pronunciation for OB-GYN. People laugh at that and then when he pronounces “Ebola” incorrectly it is because it is just another gaffe. It is deception. It is psyops.

  10. Found this in comments over at Ace about the cameraman being sent back to USA for treatment. Wonder if any validity.
    “7 The NBC freelance camera man was just hired tuesday, (according to insty). He tested positive for ebola thursday.

    NBC hired a camera man with ebola so they would bring him back to the US for treatment. Posted by: Aim to Disbelivin’ at October 03, 2014 12:50 AM (Ab8+Q)”

    Another comment says, “33 13: The cameraman’s name is Ashoka Mukpo.
    Posted by: RokShox at October 03, 2014 01:14 AM (LexE4)”

    • 43 34 I think Ashoka Mukpo the cameraman has been in Liberia for several years. Google him.
      Posted by: RokShox at October 03, 2014 01:21 AM (LexE4)

    • Rosemary Woodhouse

      I saw a very interesting video yesterday which definitely borders on “conspiracy theory”, but did you ever read something that just rang true despite its conspiratorial leanings?

      I’ve posted the Georgia Guidestones before. It’s easy to look up. Coupled with the fact that Bill Gates owns > 500,000 shares of Monsanto, the theory is mass depopulation via: pestilence and “food” that is completely devoid of nutrition.

      Africa is mineral rich land. The theory is AIDS and Ebola were both bio weapons intended to wipe out a great deal of the African population in order to take their mineral rich land. It’s been done centuries ago via: blankets infected with smallpox.

      Of course, we Americans are cumbersome creatures with that pesky constitution of ours so naturally the bio weapon would find its way here. Anyway you look at it, the timing is awfully suspicious.

      And who better to usher in the Age of Ebola- first to Africa- than purportedly “one of their own” ? Especially because, as we know, he is a puppet.

      The pale horse rides.

      • You know, I was just giving up on my tinnie collection. Almost all, even the ones with the pretty blings, have been put in hat boxes and stored out of site. They are outdated with all proven correct. Thanks for the opportunity to don one again; of course who knows how long I will get to sport the glitter, bling, and shiny aluminum this time?!!

      • R. C. Christian? Soros?

  11. Longest website maintainence closure I know of,
    it was OCT 5
    now:

    SPECIAL NOTICE

    DEBKAfile will be closed temporarily
    for maintenance work.
    The site will return to regular operation as usual
    on October 19, 2014.

    What’s this mean?
    Well possibly nothing,
    except Debka,, an Israeli counter-terrorism / MidEast War intelligence website,
    rather conservative in reporting surprising news,
    has extended their “maintainence closure” by another two weeks.

    What website problems?
    I doubt they are trying to set up obummacare, so I speculate that they
    have been asked to stay closed, for some reason.

    The last time they did this was during the time period when the IAF
    attacked and destroyed a plutonium bomb making reactor in Syria,
    provided by the Russians/ North Koreans.

    I think this is significant.

    • We can’t trust them on ANYTHING.

    • OMG. This sentence makes the whole thing. What a writer! I love it:

      “This two-headed promise has been violated more wantonly than a goat at a Taliban bachelor party.”

      That’s priceless. HA!

    • Mendacity for sure. “HE KNEW HE HAD IT.” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/10/03/Boss-Coworkers-of-US-Ebola-Patient-He-Knew-He-Had-Ebola-US-Trip-Was-Desperate-Attempt-to-Survive

      “In interviews with the Liberian Observer, one of the nation’s largest newspapers, both Thomas Eric Duncan’s former boss, Henry Brunson, and an unnamed coworker agree that they believe Duncan knew he had Ebola when he boarded a plane out of Monrovia with a final destination in Texas. Brunson noted that, having come into contact with a pregnant woman who died hours after her interaction with Duncan, he knew of his disease. “If he were in Liberia, he was going to surely die,” Brunson told the paper. …”

      As with Omar and Zeituni, we see that Africans have a different sense of morality. As with the “family” of this guy, the ones who, knowing they’re exposed, nevertheless disobeyed requests to stay inside and so had to be quarantined AT GUNPOINT, they have a different sense of morality and DUTY TO OTHERS. As with Duncan, who KNEW he was exposed but who nevertheless got on a plane and knowingly LIED and as a result put hundreds of others at risk, INCLUDING THE CHILD RELATIVES of the woman he planned to marry (and her, too)! So he puts himself ahead of others. The girlfriend, in the meantime, is complaining about being “tired of being locked up”. Again, another sense of morality altogether. Most in her shoes would not dare to complain about an inconvenience, considering what’s at stake if she IS infected. These people went out of the apartment, into society, KNOWING they were potentially infected with a deadly contagious disease. It surely is a cultural distinction. It’s said on other sites that people who WANT TO FLY despite being exposed to Ebola need only take Ibuprofen to lower their fevers and avoid detection. Surely he deliberately flew to Belgium first so as to evade inspection in the U.S. should he have arrived from Africa. Mendacity.

      • Oh, this should alleviate her boredom. She gets to move into a home in a gated community. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ebola-patients-sequestered-relatives-moving-undisclosed-location/story?id=25948830

        There will, therefore, be no more surveillance by UK reporters who report on people coming and going into their home, DESPITE the so-called quarantine. Problem solved. Read it and weep: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/10/uk-media-contacts-cdc-to-get-help-for-sick-quarantined-ebola-victims-caregiver/

        “Earlier Friday, The Gateway Pundit report how the CDC allowed a woman and her partner to go out food shopping and receive visitors after they and her children were in direct contact with the Texas Ebola victim. …

        Later Friday afternoon, the UK Daily Mail reported the woman, Youngor Jallah, and her family are starting to show signs of illness but have not received instructions from the CDC on what to do. The family was waiting to hear back from the CDC from a phone call for help placed Thursday.

        The Mail reporter contacted the CDC Friday on behalf of the family and reported, “An official said she would pass on the information. “ … As of mid-afternoon Friday, there was no contact from the CDC.

        The Obama administration held a press conference Friday afternoon to demonstrate to the American people they are on top of the Ebola outbreak. The Jallah family might beg to differ. …”

        How can anyone explain this? THEY LIED AND SAID IT’S UNDER CONTROL? Now they’re moving the potentially infected so nobody knows when they lie even more and claim, as they probably will, that nobody besides Duncan is ill. While it may just be flu or a cold, WILL THEY TELL US OTHERWISE, if it’s EBOLA? I don’t believe they will. The election may hinge on Barry’s peeps being “right” about having this under control.

        • http://abcnews.go.com/Health/cdc-officials-meet-flight-passenger-shows-ebola-symptoms/story?id=25965383

          “A United Airilines flight from Brussels was met by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials today at Newark Liberty International Airport after a passenger on board believed to be from Liberia exhibited possible signs of Ebola.

          The passenger was traveling with his daughter on United Flight 998 and both were removed from the plane by CDC crew in full hazmat gear.

          The passenger suspected of possibly having Ebola was taken to University Hospital in Newark for further evaluation. Upon his arrival, the emergency room there was not accepting any other patients for four hours.

          A senior federal official said the passenger was exbihiting “flu-like symptoms.”

          According to an official briefed on the situation, preliminary information was that the passenger was vomiting on flight but did not display most of the other symptoms. …”

        • Total insanity by this admin. Miri. Did you read that Duncan also had slept on every bed in that apartment. And than Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins personally escorted the family of Ebola carrier Thomas Duncan to a 4 bedroom spacious home in a gated community Friday. What is Jenkins trying too prove? He’s doing nothing other than putting his own family and others at risk.

          By moving them into a gated community they are keeping them Isolated from the press. They will still be living within a community, among many other people, whats the point? Other than isolating them from the press? Why hasn’t FEMA stepped in? Why were they not isolated in a FEMA camp?

          This is from Senior Media Relations Manager of the AP Erin Madigan White regarding the AP’s being censored regarding ISIS. Before Duncan and Ebola entering the U.S. and some proof U.S. new’s is being censored under this dictatorship admin. We have had too depend on new’s from the UK, and now they are censoring them.

          Please pay big attention too # 5.

          5) Day-to-day intimidation of sources is chilling. AP’s transportation reporter’s sources say that if they are caught talking to her, they will be fired. Even if they just give her facts, about safety, for example. Government press officials say their orders are to squelch anything controversial or that makes the administration look bad.
          ~~~~

          Posted on 09/19/2014 by Erin Madigan White

          8 ways the Obama administration is blocking information
          Posted on 09/19/2014 by Erin Madigan White

          The fight for access to public information has never been harder, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee said recently at a joint meeting of the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Associated Press Photo Managers. The problem extends across the entire federal government and is now trickling down to state and local governments.

          Here is Buzbee’s list of eight ways the Obama administration is making it hard for journalists to find information and cover the news:

          1) As the United States ramps up its fight against Islamic militants, the public can’t see any of it. News organizations can’t shoot photos or video of bombers as they take off — there are no embeds. In fact, the administration won’t even say what country the S. bombers fly from.

          2) The White House once fought to get cameramen, photographers and reporters into meetings the president had with foreign leaders overseas. That access has become much rarer. Think about the message that sends other nations about how the world’s leading democracy deals with the media: Keep them out and let them use handout photos.

          3) Guantanamo: The big important 9/11 trial is finally coming up. But we aren’t allowed to see most court filings in real time — even of nonclassified material. So at hearings, we can’t follow what’s happening. We don’t know what prosecutors are asking for, or what defense attorneys are arguing.

          4) Information about Guantanamo that was routinely released under President George W. Bush is now kept secret. The military won’t release the number of prisoners on hunger strike or the number of assaults on guards. Photo and video coverage is virtually nonexistent.

          5) Day-to-day intimidation of sources is chilling. AP’s transportation reporter’s sources say that if they are caught talking to her, they will be fired. Even if they just give her facts, about safety, for example. Government press officials say their orders are to squelch anything controversial or that makes the administration look bad.

          6) One of the media — and public’s — most important legal tools, the Freedom of Information Act, is under siege. Requests for information under FOIA have become slow and expensive. Many federal agencies simply don’t respond at all in a timely manner, forcing news organizations to sue each time to force action.

          7) The administration uses FOIAs as a tip service to uncover what news organizations are pursuing. Requests are now routinely forwarded to political appointees. At the agency that oversees the new health care law, for example, political appointees now handle the FOIA requests.

          8) The administration is trying to control the information that state and local officials can give out. The FBI has directed local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology the police departments use to sweep up cellphone data. In some cases, federal officials have formally intervened in state open records cases, arguing for secrecy.

          http://blog.ap.org/2014/09/19/8-ways-the-obama-administration-is-blocking-information/

          • I did read that about the Judge. It is ridiculous. Molly coddling people who OBVIOUSLY had no similar “respect” for the innocents that THEY put at risk of a deadly disease. They were ASKED to stay inside and they instead decided to disobey the request (ARE THEY EVEN HERE LEGALLY?) and go out, risking others’ lives. So why should they be pampered and babied by the judge, who’s obviously afraid of being called an insensitive racist, anti-immigrant or something like that. A gated community. Exactly. That’s what I said yesterday–they want to isolate them, all right, from the media. UK reporters were watching everything and they embarrassed the administration by reporting the lack of control, when people were seen going into the apartment and the UK CALLED DHS TO REPORT IT! It very well may be a false flag. There may be NO real cases. Maybe it’s a trail balloon. Who knows? Can they possibly BE that incompetent? Or is it worse, like mendacity?

            • Or is it worse….You come across things like this and it surely does make you wonder Miri.

              SCIENCE:
              Scientist calls for death to humanity

              by John Ballantyne

              News Weekly, April 15, 2006
              A Texas scientist advocates killing nine-tenths of the world’s population by an airborne Ebola virus, writes John Ballantyne.

              An award-winning Texas scientist was given a standing ovation after he advocated the extermination of 90 per cent of the Earth’s population by an airborne Ebola virus.

              The University of Texas evolutionary ecologist, Dr Eric R. Pianka, was addressing the 109th meeting of the Texas Academy of Science at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, in early March, after the academy had named him 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist.

              Present at Pianka’s speech was Forrest M. Mim III, a popular science writer and editor of the bi-weekly journal, The Citizen Scientist. He reported:

              “Something curious occurred a minute before Pianka began speaking. An official of the Academy approached a video camera operator at the front of the auditorium and engaged him in animated conversation. The camera operator did not look pleased as he pointed the lens of the big camera to the ceiling and slowly walked away.

              “This curious incident came to mind a few minutes later when Professor Pianka began his speech by explaining that the general public is not yet ready to hear what he was about to tell us. Because of many years of experience as a writer and editor, Pianka’s strange introduction and the TV camera incident raised a red flag in my mind … I grabbed a notepad …” (“Meeting Doctor Doom”, The Citizen Scientist, March 31, 2006).

              Pianka began his speech by condemning anthropocentrism, or the idea that the human race occupies a privileged position in nature. He exclaimed, “We’re no better than bacteria!”

              He argued that the sharp increase in the human population since the onset of industrialisation was destroying the planet. He warned that Earth would not survive unless its human population was reduced to a tenth of its present number.

              He then offered drastic solutions, accompanying his remarks with a slide depicting the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

              War and famine were insufficient for solving global overpopulation, he explained. Instead, disease was far more efficient and swift. At this point, Pianka displayed a slide showing rows of human skulls.

              AIDS took too long to kill people off, he explained. His preferred method of exterminating over five billion human beings was via airborne Ebola (Ebola Reston), because it is both highly lethal and kills its victims in days rather than years.

              However, as Mim observed: “Professor Pianka did not mention that Ebola victims die a slow and torturous death as the virus initiates a cascade of biological calamities inside the victim that eventually liquefy the internal organs.

              “After praising the Ebola virus for its efficiency at killing, Pianka paused, leaned over the lectern, looked at us and carefully said, ‘We’ve got airborne 90 percent mortality in humans. Killing humans. Think about that.’ ”

              After he finished his address, the audience burst into applause.

              Mim reported: “It wasn’t merely a smattering of polite clapping that audiences diplomatically reserve for poor or boring speakers. It was a loud, vigorous and enthusiastic applause. …

              During a question-and-answer session, Pianka praised communist China’s draconian one-child policy, and suggested that IQs are falling because only “uncaring people” (i.e., people with below-average intelligence) have large families.

              Mim recalls how, once the questioning was over:

              “I watched in amazement as a few hundred members of the Texas Academy of Science rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation to a speech that enthusiastically advocated the elimination of 90 percent of Earth’s population by airborne Ebola. …”

              “Some even cheered. Dozens then mobbed the professor at the lectern. …”

              A few hours later, the Texas Academy of Science presented Pianka with a plaque in recognition of his being named 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist.

              Warning

              Executive director of the Society for Amateur Scientists, Dr Shawn Carlson, later warned in The Citizen Scientist (April 2, 2006):

              “I believe, with the terrible experience of the bloodiest century in human history behind us, that all men and women of conscious in the 21st century must be proactive in our opposition to genocidal or apocalyptic philosophies, before they have the chance to inspire some new champion with the will to take their conclusions to the next step.

              “When the professional scientists have lost their sense of moral outrage at such ideologies, then it falls to America’s great community of citizen scientists to be the conscious of science.”

              http://newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=2439

              • Looking into this a little more regarding Dr Eric R. Pianka.

                In email correspondence between Dr Eric R. Pianka and Forrest M. Mims.

                “He replied (Dr Eric R. Pianka) that Ebola does not discriminate, kills everyone and could spread to Europe and the the Americas by a single infected airplane passenger.”

                31 March 2006

                Snip ~

                Saving the Earth with Ebola

                Professor Pianka said the Earth as we know it will not survive without drastic measures. Then, and without presenting any data to justify this number, he asserted that the only feasible solution to saving the Earth is to reduce the population to 10 percent of the present number.

                He then showed solutions for reducing the world’s population in the form of a slide depicting the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. War and famine would not do, he explained. Instead, disease offered the most efficient and fastest way to kill the billions that must soon die if the population crisis is to be solved.

                Pianka then displayed a slide showing rows of human skulls, one of which had red lights flashing from its eye sockets.

                AIDS is not an efficient killer, he explained, because it is too slow. His favorite candidate for eliminating 90 percent of the world’s population is airborne Ebola ( Ebola Reston ), because it is both highly lethal and it kills in days, instead of years. However, Professor Pianka did not mention that Ebola victims die a slow and torturous death as the virus initiates a cascade of biological calamities inside the victim that eventually liquefy the internal organs.

                After praising the Ebola virus for its efficiency at killing, Pianka paused, leaned over the lectern, looked at us and carefully said, “We’ve got airborne 90 percent mortality in humans. Killing humans. Think about that.”

                Snip ~

                Corresponding with Dr. Doom

                Recently I exchanged a number of e-mails with Pianka. I pointed out to him that one might infer his death wish was really aimed at Africans, for Ebola is found only in Central Africa. He replied that Ebola does not discriminate, kills everyone and could spread to Europe and the the Americas by a single infected airplane passenger.

                Snip ~

                Dangerous Times

                Let me now remove my reporter’s hat for a moment and tell you what I think. We live in dangerous times. The national security of many countries is at risk. Science has become tainted by highly publicized cases of misconduct and fraud.

                Must now we worry that a Pianka-worshipping former student might someday become a professional biologist or physician with access to the most deadly strains of viruses and bacteria? I believe that airborne Ebola is unlikely to threaten the world outside of Central Africa. But scientists have regenerated the 1918 Spanish flu virus that killed 50 million people. There is concern that small pox might someday return. And what other terrible plagues are waiting out there in the natural world to cross the species barrier and to which scientists will one day have access?

                Meanwhile, I still can’t get out of my mind the pleasant spring day in Texas when a few hundred scientists of the Texas Academy of Science gave a standing ovation for a speaker who they heard advocate for the slow and torturous death of over five billion human beings.

                Forrest M. Mims III is Chairman of the Environmental Science Section of the Texas Academy of Science, and the editor of The Citizen Scientist. He and his science are featured online at forrestmims.org and sunandsky.org. The views expressed herein are his own and do not represent the official views of the Texas Academy of Science or the Society for Amateur Scientists.

                http://blog.lege.net/content/The_Citizen_Scientist_31_March_2006.html

                • And what a coincidence that the Ebola is in Texas.

                  • Now Sharyl Attkisson asks if the dead or paralyzed children in the US are directly attributable to Barry, due to his spreading of the UACs throughout this country. That virus is endemic in the countries from which the UACs are invading our country. In addition, horrible cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease are proliferating, although that’s not as serious as this enterovirus is. http://sharylattkisson.com/polio-like-outbreak-claims-fifth-life-in-u-s

                  • More background on the Ebola “victim” and his “victim” girlfriend who is so upset about being quarantined in a gated community: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-04/ebola-patient-s-girlfriend-overwhelmed-by-quarantine.html

                  • My first thoughts also Miri. And the mere fact that a few hundred Texas scientists of the Texas Academy of Science gave a standing ovation too Ebola wiping out 90% of population! The many others, and the pre-grad students that attended that stood up and cheered. Austin, TX, one of, if not the most liberal towns in TX. Think of the nuts out there and his students that he may have influenced also.

                    And here – he was teaching this too his students! one evaluation from one of Dr Eric R. Pianka’s students from 2004

                    Excerpts from Student Evaluations — Fall 2004

                    This was the most fulfilling class I have had in UT yet. They should make it mandatory!

                    This has been my best biology professor during my time thus far. He really portays his love for the material, while really teaching with conviction.

                    I really enjoyed the Eco-Poetry and your perspective on ecology and biology in general. Every Biology and even non-Biology major should take this class.

                    Dr. Pianka — Passionate, articulate, inspiring, and imaginative. Nice to take a course from such a prominent scientist and come away with better understanding.

                    I didn’t ever want the last day of class to come. This course has been more valuable to my education and to my life in general than probably any other class at UT. The passion with which Pianka teaches is inspiring. As a keeper at the Austin Zoo/Animal Sanctuary, this course has given me a new outlook and greater respect towards the environment that I help to foster there. I never skipped class, knowing if I did I might miss something fascinating. Thank you, Dr. Pianka, for finally opening my eyes and mind to the world I live in.

                    Being of the same mindset as you, Dr. Pianka, I greatly appreciate your dedication to educating the university’s undergrads about the plight of the earth and how wholly it is underscored by economic goals and successes. The only path to change is education.

                    I have a much greater empathy for those non-human creatures who are suffering. Much of the info you taught is swept under the rug by politicians and corporations, and I am sad that it took an upper division college course to show me how important this is. I watch commercials with fear seeing all the new disposable products I will not buy. I am not writing this because I did well in this class (I HOPE to get a C!). I was truly touched by your dogma.

                    Dr. Pianka shows a passion for his work that rubs off on those he’s teaching. I really enjoyed his class and it’s had influence in my decision to pursue a career in ecology.

                    One of the most difficult courses I have taken, but also one of the most interesting. I disliked Dr. Pianka at first but he is a dang good teacher that believes in what he teaches. And that makes all the difference.

                    Amazing amount of knowledge and Passion to profess = Excellent Instructor

                    You have shown me new and interesting ideas. I wish more of my professors had the same passion you have. Thanks for the course.

                    This was an interesting course. I enjoyed listening to what you had to say about everything. Like the enthusiasm … It helps and shows when you teach.

                    I don’t root for ebola, but maybe a ban on having more than one child. I agree . . . too many people ruining this planet.

                    Though I agree that convervation biology is of utmost importance to the world, I do not think that preaching that 90% of the human population should die of ebola is the most effective means of encouraging conservation awareness. I found Pianka to be knowledgable, but spent too much time focusing on his specific research and personal views.

                    http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~varanus/357evaluations.html

                    This woman only attended Dr. Pianka’s conference and then posted, cheered Dr. Pianka’ thoughts on wiping out 90% of the population using the Ebola virus on her blog!

                    https://web.archive.org/web/20060418210838/http://brenmccnnll.blogspot.com/2006/03/dr.html

                    Scary times we live in indeed!

                    Drudge had reported on this also back in 2006. I found the old posting in the archives.

                    https://web.archive.org/web/20060405030731/http://story.seguingazette.com/drudge.html

                    • All of these people who agree with “Doctor” Pianka, if they are true believers and not hypocrites, ought to line up and volunteer to do the world a favor and get off. Know what I mean? They like to advocate this horrific stuff, but you don’t see them “walking their talk.” It’s somebody else and their children who ought to die. Right?

                    • Do you remember the photo that the administration released on the night of Bin Laden’s death? It was of the situation room, and there was a woman standing in the back. Her name is Audry Tomason, and she’s Obama’s Director for Counter Terrorism.

                      Her Master’s Thesis was on the “Apocalypse Equation” and that it is “inevitable”, world leaders should consider the possibility of “mass genocide” to reduce our world’s population to a more “sustainable level commensurate with our Earth’s resources.”

                      http://a12iggymomsblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/who-is-mystery-woman-audrey-tomason-her.html

                    • I do remember but the odd thing is that I can’t find on the blog anywhere we discussed her. Not by that name, at least. I’ll keep looking. I don’t remember the thing about her thesis, though. I do remember commenting that she looks like a kid and wondering if they photoshopped her in to make it look as if there’s “diversity”.

            • Rosemary Woodhouse

              But they’re blaaaaaaaaaaaack.

              • Rosemary Woodhouse

                I don;t recall which thread this comment ^^ was intended for- certainly not this one!! I think it’s horrifying that a handful of greedy bastards want to wipe out a continent of people, not to mention the other continents for their own personal gain (see post about Africa/mineral rich continent/Ebola/AIDS)

                • I know Rosemary, I had also noticed your comment unfortunately fell into the wrong post. I realized you comment was not intended for my post. Sorry that it unfortunately got linked the way that it did.

  12. Mychal Massie @The Daily Rant.. WHAT O’s Really Telling US 2 DO

    http://mychal-massie.com/premium/what-obama-is-really-telling-us-to-do/

  13. The clean up of Thomas Duncan’s vomit out side the apartment complex he was staying in.

    Ebola Surveillance Thread

    Started by Smokin’ Joe on 8/10/2014 @ Freerepublic.com

    This thread is constantly up dated 24/7 with the latest Ebola alerts…

    Linking with the latest alert at comment 2,868 @ 10/3/2014, 3:43:29 PM

    HUGE h/t too Smokin’ Joe

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3191066/posts?q=1&;page=2851

  14. rrowland907 • 3 hours ago

    We have lost more American Life by Legal abortion,…… than by War.

    Slavery was Legal in 1864… that didn’t make it Right!

  15. OK….. JUST when DOES “dinner BEGAN” ? …. REALLY!
    In our heads.. AT the Store? when it’s COOKING???? OR AFTER
    WE ….E A T IT ???? ~ SUCH DIVINE INTERVENTON ~

    http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/change-in-america-will-require-divine-intervention/

  16. ~ Annie Oakley wi163175 • 3 hours ago ^^^^
    Since I am 58 years old I remember what the Pro Abortion crowd told us when Abortion was Legalized . We were TOLD the Fetus was Not a Baby,
    but nowadays with Advanced Sonograms etc we know Differently.

  17. Click to access 141002-ObamaDeportationPetition.pdf

    Klayman petitions to have Barry DEPORTED. 🙂

  18. SO IF he’s a FAKE….Pres/USURPER…. why MUST they PROTECT
    HIM???….. just because their getting PAID$$$?

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2014/10/03/what-is-going-on-with-the-secret-service/

  19. O’ another… Block-Buster-BALL BUSTER SHOW??? “ME” think it
    is I
    … who has the BLOCK…. in “ME BRAIN” …. I GIVE UP! I surrender..

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2014/10/03/carl-gallups-promises-blockbuster-show/

  20. ~ take a stroll if you have the time….. enjoy the simple things while
    we still CAN…… some make my heart sing … yes they do …

    http://www.perfectlytimedpics.com/man-knows-where-to-place-hands/#.VDC6mr4iolI

  21. Did you see this from Drudge? I’m just going to let you read it. I’m afraid that my comments would not be very nice! What does this sound like to you? I think it calls for our Military to drop a bunker buster on this place before it’s finished. You know what the rest of it looks like, right? BR posted some photos yesterday.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_FLIGHT_93_MEMORIAL_FIRE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-10-04-18-16-04

    Park staff completed an initial inventory Saturday and said that, in addition to the flag, the losses included a handful of personal items of passengers and crew, DVD copies of the annual commemoration ceremony and meetings of the Flight 93 National Memorial Federal Advisory Commission, and about 100 tribute items left by visitors since 2001.

    A memorial plaza was completed in time for the 10th anniversary of the attacks in 2011. There are plans for a 93-foot-tall tower with 40 wind chimes.

    Officials have said they hope construction of the visitors center will be finished by June.

  22. So sad about the fire and loss. 😦

  23. gee George tell us something we don’t know. 🙄

    http://trib.al/caKSSE1

  24. Something very evil and just wrong with this –

    EXCLUSIVE: Friend of Texas Ebola patient who visited him in hospital has been told he can return to work as a nursing assistant… but his family must remain in quarantine

    4 October 2014 | Updated: 05:03 EST, 5 October 2014

    The friend of Texas Ebola patient, Thomas Duncan, who visited the man on the day he was admitted to hospital has been told he can return to work as a nursing assistant.

    But the agony of uncertainty is not over for Aaron Yah, 43, and his family.

    In a confusing twist his wife, Youngor Jallah 35, Mr Duncan’s stepdaughter, as Ms Jallah and the couple’s four children aged between two and 11 have been told they must remain in quarantine with only Mr Yah free to come and go.

    Allowed out: Aaron Yah, 43, will be released from his quarantine to work as a nursing assistant

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2780687/EXCLUSIVE-Friend-Texas-Ebola-patient-visited-hospital-told-return-work-nursing-assistant-family-remain-quarantine.html

    • What a coincidence that most of these people work as nursing assistants. HUH? WHO THE HELL IS CARING FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS? I’m sorry, but this is nuts.

    • Somebody in comments mentioned that Barry’s sending 3000 troops to fight Ebola, as we know. Commenter said it’s brilliant that they will come home to potentially spread the disease. I just coincidentally read today that the deadly “Spanish flu” was propagated FROM a military base in Kansas. Troops had it; troops spread it. Millions died. Barry is a student of history, as we know. He likes to repeat it, too.

  25. NOT a good IDEA…WTPOTUS.. will have to pay his Family?… 4 ever
    mO’… BUTT’ he could pretend by having 1 of his FILL-INs be-gone!
    I think O’ would like IT so HE would NEVER GET BUSTED on LIES!!!
    so just what van jones know….? the ONE ? or the HATED ONE’…

    http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines/van-jones-every-african-american-above-the-age-of-50-thinks-obama-is-going-to-be-assassinated

  26. About the NBC reporter being shipped to USA with Ebola. I thought I had read he was not a US citizen but cannot find now. Over at Treehouse says,

    “The patient is believed to be an American freelance cameraman who worked for NBC.”

    Other sources are saying, “Mukpo, who previously covered Ebola for several news outlets, began working for NBC on Tuesday and fell ill the next day.” http://www.alvaradostar.net/theater/ci_26655875

    Something does not smell right on this one. Did he get hired with the explicit purpose to be able to bring him to USA for treatment? Who is he? Really?

    • http://mashable.com/2014/10/03/ashoka-mukpo-american-journalist-ebola/

      “… The patient’s father, Mitchell Levy, told friends and family the same: “The doctors are optimistic about his prognosis.”

      “The enormous anxiety I have as a mother … is the delay between now and him leaving on Sunday,” his mother, Diana Mukpo, said on Friday. “The State Department has been fantastic. They’ve been compassionate. I can only hope and pray that his symptoms don’t worsen.” …

      Mukpo, who hails from Providence, Rhode Island, arrived in Liberia on Sept. 4th, returning after a brief absence to a region he called home for the past several years. He was scheduled to stay in the country through Friday. … ”

      http://gotnews.com/ashoka-mukpo-left-wing-reincarnated-tibetan-god-got-ebola/

      Meet Ashoka Mukpo, the freelancer and left-wing activist who got ebola while working for NBC as a cameraman and who is being flown back to America on our dime.

      You’re not going to believe this but Mukpo is actually a reincarnated Tibetan God. No seriously. We’re not making that up.

      Ashoka Mukpo was born to an American Jewish father and an aristocratic British mother but was raised as the son of Chögyam Trungpa, the legendary Tibetan lama who preached enlightenment and practiced free love and alcoholic excess,” wrote Details Magazine.

      His half-brother Gesar Mukpo made a movie about the whole delightfully weird practice and you can read the Wikipedia page here. …”

      • “… Ashoka, who lives in London with his girlfriend, is in New York City for a United Nations conference. Wearing a gray pinstripe suit instead of his usual jeans and T-shirt, he bears a passing resemblance to a young Jeremy Piven. He’s smart and tightly wound, guided by a righteous idealism that led him to work for the nonprofit Human Rights Watch for three years after college and most recently to the London School of Economics, where he earned his master’s in international development. In the fall he’s off to join a nonprofit working on land rights in Liberia. “It’s actually mellower than people think,” he says. …”

        So a dual citizen? BUTT, see below. His mother was married to another man when he was born in Boulder, CO. Mom British, NOMINAL father Tibetan. Biological father American. His mother and bio father didn’t marry until after the first husband died and he was already born. So IS HE A U.S. citizen even though born to two non-citizens but on U.S. soil?

        • http://www.details.com/culture-trends/critical-eye/201208/leaving-om-new-buddhist-lifestyle?currentPage=2

          “… Ashoka’s mother, Diana, married Trungpa at 16, taking his Tibetan family name, Mukpo. She stood by him throughout the seventies as he built a hippied-out empire centered in Boulder, Colorado, and achieved wider cultural renown as a guru to Allen Ginsberg and Joni Mitchell. Unlike the Dalai Lama, who sticks to the Buddhist basics—minimizing suffering in life—Trungpa initiated his students into the Tantric side of the tradition: the effort to liberate the energies of everyday life to speed up the path to enlightenment. His community, eventually called Shambhala, was notorious for its booze-and-sex-fueled blowouts that were rationalized as Tantric exercises—transmuting the poison of alcohol or liberating oneself from the attachment of conventional romantic love. “I don’t know, man,” Ashoka says. “I think if it were this day and age and I rolled up and saw a bunch of white people and all the crazy shit that was going on, I might head for the hills.”

          By 1980 Trungpa had grown increasingly erratic, and Diana, while remaining devoted, took a lover, Mitchell Levy, Trungpa’s personal physician. Trungpa’s own sexual infidelity was never at issue—he had been shamelessly promiscuous since puberty. When Ashoka was born in 1981, all eyes in the delivery room were trained on his lily-white skin. Trungpa, true to his credo of “crazy wisdom,” was unperturbed. “I was his son,” Ashoka says. “It didn’t matter that I wasn’t his seed—I was his son.” …”

          That’s probably more than you wanted to know. I’m reminded of SAD for some reason. International development, UN, free love, multiple husbands, children of unknown origin, Buddhism, moved her son to a strange place (Rhode Island from Colorado) when he was 6, has a son who thinks he’s a god …

          Actually, since he believes he’s a god and spiritual leader, then perhaps he also falsely believed he is invincible?

      • Oops, seeing this after posting family story below downstream.
        “Mukpo, who hails from Providence, Rhode Island, arrived in Liberia on Sept. 4th, returning after a brief absence to a region he called home for the past several years.”

        OK, let’s get this straight. He was in Liberia, came to visit in Rhode Island, went back and two days later had symptoms? Did he go back with beginning symptoms so no media and panic in RI? Something on this time table is not working out very well in this pretty little head of mine. When did he leave Liberia and go to RI?

      • Found some answers to my questions http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/2bfe4ecce4bf49e087065d4adc919605/US–Ebola-Cameraman

        Looks like there may be a connection to the groups he has been involved with and the groups Duncan’s sister is involved in???????? Just a coincidence if they are, I am suuuuuure.

        • This is probably just a coincidence, too:

          “Mukpo’s mother and Levy married and moved to Providence. Levy is medical director of the intensive care unit at Rhode Island hospital and a professor and chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Brown University’s medical school.”

        • http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/9/ebola-west-africaliberiainternationalresponsehealth.html Written by the “victim”. Is he? Really? WE’RE RESPONSIBLE, YOU SEE:

          “The case cannot be made any more strongly: The United States and other global powers must initiate their planned response without delay and ensure that help arrives immediately. The United States in particular bears responsibility to lend its hand to Liberia. Founded by freed American slaves, Liberians see themselves as our distant cousins. For too much of its history, Liberia has been neglected and ignored by its closest Western relative, who has time and again failed to act to save Liberian lives.

          So far, however, efforts have been underwhelming and slow. On Sept. 8, the Pentagon announced plans to set up a $22 million, 25-bed field hospital to support health workers who are trying to contain the spread of the deadly virus. It is critical that the U.S. forces arrive soon and are able to construct, equip and staff new treatment facilities in the coming days and weeks.

          This time around, Liberians hope that the U.S. response will be different, and that the Obama administration’s plan will be carried out with the urgency needed to bring a quick end to the outbreak. Trained personnel must be sent to staff the facilities that the U.S. military will build, and home care packages must reach families of the sick immediately. Ambulance and health care workers must receive adequate equipment and compensation to continue to perform their duties. There is also a need to educate Liberians that Ebola is survivable, so that fear and stigma do not further complicate the response. The most critical element of all is time: Every life saved matters.”

          Ashoka Mukpo is a former researcher with the Sustainable Development Institute, a Liberian civil society advocacy group based in Monrovia. His specialties are conflict studies and the politics of natural resource extraction.

      • Is he a citizen? Did his parents become citizens? Did he have dual/tri citizenship? Did he renounce the other one or two at 21? How does that work anyways?

        • I guess it works about how Barry’s citizenship (?) works.

        • His biological parents did not become citizens, so far as I can tell. His mother is a “Lady”. A British aristocrat. His father is dead but was not a U.S. citizen. His stepfather is, apparently, a U.S. citizen, but Ashoka is perhaps one. He was born on U.S. soil, apparently, to two non-citizens. Anchor baby of a sort. I believe we researched this before. I don’t know if it depends upon the laws of the countries in which his parents were citizens or not. He is a British subject, I believe. Possibly a dual citizen but I don’t remember the rules. He’s sure not an NBC!

      • Corrected version of story; guess initially reporter got some of the ‘historical’ facts incorrect and needed to be corrected. http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/2bfe4ecce4bf49e087065d4adc919605/US–Ebola-Cameraman

  27. new CDC Directer.

  28. Jon gets it. :facepalm:

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