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Four dead and dozens hospitalized in Georgia due to massive overdose of sold-on-the-street painkiller

At least four people are dead and dozens more have been hospitalized after overdosing on what authorities in Georgia believe to be Percocet.

The victims reportedly ingested a “yellow pill,” which authorities have not yet definitely identified.  The Georgia Department of Public Health called the pills “extremely potent” and warned that while the overdoses are concentrated in the middle and southern areas of the state, the drugs may be sold elsewhere, AJC.com reported.

Opioid overdoses, including prescription drugs and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than half of the fatalities involved a prescription opioid.

Georgia Poison Center is currently working with the hospitals and gathering more information to determine whether these additional cases are connected to the cluster of overdoses reported in the past three days.

Emergency workers responded in the last 48 hours to reports of overdoses in Centerville, Perry and Warner Robins, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. However, the drugs might also have been sold on the street in other areas of the state.

Doctor are eagerly awaiting toxicology tests to find out what is in these pills that triggered this mass overdose.  They worry about the possibility of more cases if this drug is still on the streets.  “Difficulty breathing, slurred speech, most are coming through the ambulance,” Dr. Chris Hendry said.

The chief medical officer describes the symptoms of the rash of overdose patients that have arrived at a Macon hospital in the last 48 hours.  They all had one thing in common, they took pills that they thought were pharmaceutical quality pain meds. They were wrong.

“It’s being sold on the street as Percocet, however, when it’s taken, the patients are experiencing significant and severely decreased levels of consciousness, and respiratory failure,” Hendry said. “There have been four deaths associated with this opioid overdose.”

It’s not yet known what the pills contain.

In a recent trend, drug dealers are creating counterfeit pain pills that contain the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl but look like legitimate pain pills. Users have no idea of what they’re taking.  “Someone has developed this particular pill, this substance and passing it off as a prescription medicine. It’s not,” Sheriff Dave Davis said.  Davis said he’s working with state and federal law enforcement to catch those selling the drug, before there are more overdoses and overdose deaths.

“Somebody knows something about the person passing out this poison in our community and someone should make the call,” Davis said.

Doctors have issued an alert warning people not buy pain medications from someone on the street. They could produce deadly results.

 

[From articles published by FOX NEWS and WSB-TV in Atlanta]

 

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Zika virus starting to spread on US mainland…southern states likely to be in most danger

Zika virus spreading in US

The Zika virus has finally made its way to the US mainland, and the virus is now spreading locally in Miami. That means people are getting the virus from American mosquitoes, not just ones that have bitten them while they’re abroad.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has even warned pregnant women not to travel to the Miami neighborhood where local cases have been detected.

That may sound scary, but it’s not a surprise. Experts expected that the virus would start circulating in Florida.

The question now is: How far will Zika spread across the US?

The most likely answer is that it will spread through southern Gulf states where the mosquitoes that spread the virus are most active.

But the extent of the spread cannot be predicted precisely. It depends on how well public health officials can contain this first outbreak to Miami, and keep imported travel cases from turning into more outbreaks, says David Pigott, a global health expert at the University of Washington.

“Never say never, but [a local outbreak is] a lot less likely to happen in New York or Washington, D.C. given our current knowledge than it is in Houston, or some cities across Louisiana, or other places in Florida,” he said. “In terms of comparative risk, it’s the southern states that are going to be the places where you’re most likely to see it.”

Zika will likely stay in US southern states

The current state of Zika in the US

Officials have identified 14 people in Miami so far who caught Zika from local mosquitoes, and over 1,600 people across the country who got the virus traveling to infected areas like Brazil. Zika has spread quickly through Puerto Rico, where it’s infected a reported 4,600 people since it appeared there in November 2015.

Only one in five people show symptoms, making Zika a particularly hard virus to track. It also only debuted in the Americas last year, so there’s a lot we still don’t know about the virus. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only concluded that Zika was causing the birth defect microcephaly in April 2016.

The virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which thrives in tropical areas and bites during the day. The Aedes albopictus mosquito can likely spread the disease, too, but that hasn’t been observed in the Americas yet.

 

[from an article published by BUSINESS INSIDER]

 

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Food stamps vs. work, and other current stories…

Food stamps, Yes. Work, No. . . . The Great Recession ended more than 1,900 days ago, and the national unemployment rate is 5.9 percent — but many able-bodied adults in 42 states nevertheless continue to collect long-term food-stamp benefits without working, volunteering, or training for a job. Unless a state has extraordinarily high unemployment or a dearth of jobs, able-bodied adults who are younger than 50 and without a dependent must spend 20 hours a week productively if they wish to continue drawing food-stamp benefits longer than three months — or so says a policy enacted as part of the 1996 welfare reforms.

But Congress temporarily suspended this work requirement during the Great Recession, and the number of able-bodied, childless beneficiaries on the welfare rolls ballooned, accounting for more than one in ten of all recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Today, 28 states continue to waive the work requirement altogether, despite an average unemployment rate of 6.72. An additional 13 states have waived the work requirement in some parts of their states, despite an average unemployment rate of just 4.58.
Civil rights leader: Amnesty will hurt blacks . . . A top civil rights advocate is warning President Obama that extending executive amnesty to millions of illegal aliens will deeply harm black workers. Peter Kirsanow, as U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner, says in an Oct. 27 letter to Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ recently revealed preparations for a huge ID “surge” upped his alarm over what the president has planned.
Top reporter: Obama White House “dangerous” . . .  USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page called the current White House not only “more restrictive” but also “more dangerous” to the press than any other in history, a clear reference to the Obama administration’s leak investigations and its naming of Fox News’s James Rosen as a possible “co-conspirator” in a violation of the Espionage Act.
Dems fret debilitating losses . . . The political environment continues to deteriorate for House Democrats ahead of a midterm election that’s certain to diminish their ranks. Obama’s unpopularity hindering their candidates and Republican cash flooding into races across the country, Democrats are increasingly worried that the election will push them deep into the minority and diminish their hopes of winning back the majority in 2016 or beyond.

GOP riding anti-tax wave . . . They call it “crushing the middle class” or “the big squeeze” or just plain “irresponsible.” Regardless of the description they use, Republican candidates for governor in some of the Democratic Party’s most dependable strongholds are finding receptive audiences of voters fed up with too many taxes.

 

Red votes magically turn blue . . . Voting machines that switch Republican votes to Democrats are being reported in Maryland. “When I first selected my candidate on the electronic machine, it would not put the ‘x’ on the candidate I chose — a Republican — but it would put the ‘x’ on the Democrat candidate above it,” Donna Hamilton said.

NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Remember, if they’re not requiring ID’s, vote twice, just to be sure.

 

Voter fraud is real . . .  Investigators find that about one-quarter of the non-citizens who participated in a survey were registered to vote. Studying survey responses, investigators judge that non-citizen voters tend to favor Democratic candidates by large margins. In many states, their participation wouldn’t be large enough to make a difference, but in North Carolina in 2008, investigators calculate, non-citizens may well have tipped the state into Obama’s column.

 

Cop killer was deported – twice . . . A man charged with killing two sheriff’s deputies and wounding two other people in a bloody chase through Northern California was twice deported from the United States but appeared to have been living here quietly for a decade, authorities said.

 

Republicans vow to fight anti-speech regs . . . Republicans on the Federal Election Commission are vowing to fight regulations on online political advocacy that they say would chill free speech and potentially lead to politicized targeting of Internet writers and video-makers. The commission’s chairman is warning that such regulations would allow the federal government to impose onerous new regulations on websites such as the Drudge Report or White House Dossier.

 

School handout portrays Founders as racist . . . The mother of an eight-year-old wants to know why a Tennessee school teacher gave her child a handout from the Nation of Islam that portrayed the presidents on Mount Rushmore as being racists. The handout then explains that George Washington hailed from Virginia, a “prime breeder of black people.” Of Theodore Roosevelt, it was alleged he called Africans “ape-like.” There were also disparaging remarks made of Thomas Jefferson (that he enslaved 200 Africans) and Abraham Lincoln.

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  The only way to be sure your tax dollars are being wisely spent by your school district is to be actively involved in your child’s education. Today your child’s teachers can get away with telling kids almost anything. 

 

[From WHITE HOUSE DOSSIER .com]

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Crisis of confidence in government has now reached epidemic levels, just in time for the government to bungle a possible real epidemic

BREATHTAKING INCOMPETENCE + CONTINUAL WILLINGNESS TO LIE = CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

 

Less than two weeks ago, the government told us that the Ebola virus couldn’t spread here.

Also, the Internal Revenue Service isn’t targeting, the Islamic State is JV, Iraq is secure, the National Security Agency isn’t eavesdropping, Benghazi was about a video, the economy is getting better, and you can keep your health plan.

The crisis of confidence in government has now reached epidemic levels, just in time for the government to bungle a possible actual epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used to be among the few government agencies that were supposed to be incorruptible by politics. It was supposed to be like the judiciary and the Internal Revenue Service in that way.

Yet since Obama assumed the presidency, just about every federal agency has been compromised by the leftist political agenda, or shown to be not just compromised, but corrupt.

The list of corrupted agencies reads like an alphabet soup of acronyms: IRS, DOJ, DOD, VA, DOE, CIA, NSA, DHS, DEA, ICE, INS, HHS, OMB, EPA, SBA.

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Mr. Obama should be proud…we’re now getting the best government money can buy!  Of course, our money’s not much good any more, so that must translate into what we’re seeing in government.

 

The CDC is not immune from the virus of rampant politicization.

According to a recent Pew poll, only 20 percent of the country has a “great deal” of confidence that the federal government will be able to prevent a widespread Ebola outbreak on U.S. soil. That number should surprise no one, given the long track record of incompetence or flat-out corruption across just about every government entity.

Why should we trust a government that couldn’t even set up a health care website to fight Ebola?

On Oct. 5, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, said: “The bottom line here is we know how to stop it. It’s not going to spread widely in the U.S. for two basic reasons. We can do infection control in hospitals, and we can do public health interventions that can stop it in its tracks.”

It is true that the disease has not yet “spread widely” here. Earlier this week, though, we had the first reported transmission of Ebola on American soil. Nina Pham, a 26-year-old nurse, who had been treating the now-deceased “Patient Zero,” Thomas Eric Duncan, contracted the virus, leading Dr. Frieden to claim that it was essentially her fault: a “breach of protocol,” as he called it. By midweek, another nurse who was on the Duncan care team tested positive for Ebola a day after she returned to Dallas from Cleveland. The CDC says it’s now monitoring more than 125 people for possible infection.

Dealing with Ebola requires medical professionals who know what they’re doing, from the top down to your local hospital.

There’s the rub: Dr. Frieden has been front and center, although many have questioned his forthrightness. However, the head of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, has been elusive. Ditto for the acting surgeon general, Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak, a physician. The nation has an Ebola czar of sorts, Dr. Nicole Lurie, whose job it is to “lead the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters, ranging from hurricanes to bioterrorism,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services. She has been very quiet as well.

Meanwhile, all U.S. hospitals must be ready to identify and isolate an Ebola patient, but few actually are prepared. In fact, according to a survey by the largest professional association of registered nurses in the country, three out of four nurses say their hospital hasn’t provided sufficient education for them on the virus. National Nurses United says that out of more than 1,900 nurses in 46 states and Washington, D.C., who responded, a stunning 85 percent said their hospital hadn’t even provided educational training on Ebola, during which nurses could learn and ask questions. Many nurses report that their facilities have simply posted guidelines for spotting Ebola on hospital bulletin boards.

We have a disease the director-general of the World Health Organization has called “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times,” and our nurses are being prepared for it with Post-It Notes.

The government simply has not offered guidance commensurate with the nature of this viral threat. It may be because it knows how bad the situation is and doesn’t want to provoke mass panic. Or it may be because it doesn’t know what it’s doing — which is in many ways much worse. Either way, both medical professionals and the public do not feel they are getting accurate and timely information.

After six long years of breathtaking incompetence, negligence and corruption, most Americans no longer believe what their government tells them. The collapse in credibility of government — and confidence in government — are what make this particular moment so dangerous. Whether it’s the virus of Ebola, the virus of Islamic terrorism or the virus of big government, few Americans think that their government has the will and the ability to contain the things that threaten us the most.

And that crisis could well be the gravest threat of all.

[by Monica Crowley, writing for The Washington Times]

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URGENT and IMPORTANT: CDC and UN now forced to admit that Ebola is airborne…

Ebola now airborne...

The United Nations is preparing the world for an overt admission that Ebola is airborneAnthony Banbury, the United Nations’ Ebola response chief warned of the “nightmare scenario” that Ebola is possibly now, and probably soon will be an airborne pathogen. This is precisely what I reported when I cited several peer review studies which demonstrated that Ebola was already known, by many researchers in the scientific community, to be airborne.

In order to maintain any semblance of credibility, the CDC, through the process of incrementalism, is moving towards the position that Ebola is indeed airborne. The clearly constitutes an about face reversal of the CDC on this issue and this about face is clearly on display in the following paragraphs in which the very words of the CDC are used to expose their lies and subsequent endangerment of the public health and welfare.

The Original CDC Position on How Ebola Is Spread

The following was on the CDC website in early September and this is the mantra that the mainstream media is parroting as the “official and irrefutable doctrine of science”.

“The virus is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood and body fluids (urine, feces, saliva, vomit, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola, or with objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the virus. 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.”

The Present CDC Position on How Ebola Is Spread

The following represents the present position on how Ebola is spread by the CDC.

“If a symptomatic patient with Ebola coughs or sneezes on someone, and saliva or mucus come into contact with that person’s eyes, nose or mouth, these fluids may transmit the disease.

Ebola is killed with hospital-grade disinfectants (such as household bleach). Ebola when dried on surfaces such as doorknobs and countertops can survive for several hours; however, virus in body fluids (such as blood) can survive up to several days at room temperature.”

The CDC released a very hastily prepared advisory entitled Interim Guidance about Ebola Virus Infection for Airline Flight Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel. This smoking gun document reveals that the CDC is clearly concerned about likely airborne contamination of Ebola. The CDC urges airline staff to provide surgical masks to potential Ebola victims in order “to reduce the number of droplets expelled into the air by talking, sneezing, or coughing”. The phrase “expelled into the air” means that there is clearly the danger of the “airborne transmission of Ebola “.

Of course, the aforementioned facts do not constitute new revelations to the CDC and the NIH. On May 8, 2002, over 12 years ago, a National Institute of Health publication stated that airborne transmission of Ebola “cannot be ruled out”. And for 12 years, the CDC has been publishing lies to contrary.

Doctors Now Openly Questioning the Integrity of the CDC

Dr. Gil Mobley, a microbiologist and physician stated in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“If they’re not lying, they are grossly incompetent,” said Mobley, a microbiologist and emergency trauma physician from Springfield, Mo.

Mobley said the CDC is “sugar-coating” the risk of the virus spreading in the United States.

“For them to say last week that the likelihood of importing an Ebola case was extremely small was a real bad call,” he said.

Doctors question integrity of the CDC...

“Once this disease consumes every third world country, as surely it will, because they lack the same basic infrastructure as Sierra Leone and Liberia, at that point, we will be importing clusters of Ebola on a daily basis,” Mobley predicted. “That will overwhelm any advanced country’s ability to contain the clusters in isolation and quarantine. That spells bad news.”

To call attention to the fraud being perpetrated by the CDC, Dr. Mobley dressed himself up in a biohazard suit and paraded through the Atlanta airport to call attention the danger that the Center for Disease Creation (CDC) is posing to the general health and welfare of the American people.

Dr Lisa Brosseau and Dr Rachael Jones, in a research article published by CIDRAP, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, clearly state that Ebola currently has “unclear modes of transmission…We believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients, which means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not facemasks…and the CDC’s contention that  Ebola is only communicable via direct contact is inaccurate.”

Threats of Bioterrorism on US soil

As recently as this week ISIS has clearly and unmistakably threatened the United States and its allies with  spreading the Ebola virus within those countries if they continue to wage war on the organization inside Syria and Iraq. It is now rumored that jihadist suicide “disease spreaders” will deliberately allow themselves to be infected with Ebola and expose the American public before their suicidally imposed demise. Don’t believe it? Well, did you believe 19 terrorists armed with box cutters could bring down four airliners on 9/11/2001?

Gross Incompetence by Local Health Officials

Dallas health officials are a prime example that even local health officials cannot be trusted to ensure the safety of the public and even its own health service employees.

Dallas Paramedic Geoffrey Aklinski, has expressed his concern that the ambulance he was driving was the same ambulance used to transport the infamous Ebola patient, Thomas Duncan, a couple of days earlier.  in a discussion on Facebook stated that ““All the people in the back of the ambulance 48 hours later before they finally took the ambulance out of service… none of them have been contacted. None of the paramedics that were on that shift and went in the ambulance were contacted. I’ve been off three days now. No one contacted me and I was in and drove that ambulance after it was infected…This is definitely a concern and exposed workers have not been contacted or tested…I had to call into control in Dallas at 8 pm and complain to get evaluated… Three days after the fact… I had to demand exposure testing and they are reporting following up with all the people in the ambulance??? Bull crap!!! They haven’t even followed up with the ten firefighters that were on duty Sunday.”

There are over 50 peer reviewed studies which demonstrate that Ebola can be transmitted  through various airborne means. Further, it is an indisputable fact that Ebola cannot be contained in Africa. Subsequently, our current president needs to answer two very pressing questions:

1).Why isn’t air travel, both through direct and indirect flights from West Africa, being immediately banned in the name of national security?

2). Why haven’t you used your executive authority to close the southern border given the threat of bioterrorism?

The CDC, a private corporation operating with a government charter, owns the patent on Ebola. This would only be possible if Ebola had already mutated from its original state. This means that it was more than likely weaponized. Maybe we should ask the boys at Ft. Dietrich how that could happen? Having the CDC oversee the diagnosis, institute mythical containment procedures and subsequent treatment is like having the fox watch the henhouse. Because the CDC owns the patent to Ebola and all strains within 70% of the original pathogen, they will make money on all treatment of Ebola through royalties because treatment would constitute a violation of their intellectual property rights under US patent law. The inescapable conclusion is that the CDC will make money on the spread of Ebola throughout the United States. If this is such an outrageous allegation, then I publicly call on the CDC to renounce all claims to intellectual property rights on Ebola and any resulting treatments. I make the same challenge to the NIH who owns the patent on the 8 year old vaccine for Ebola created by Crucell.

Until these public renouncements take place, I heretofore refer to the CDC as the Center for Disease Creation and the NIH as the National Institute of Harm. I am also calling on President Obama to revoke the charters that allows the CDC and the NIH to act with impunity as a monopoly with selfish purposes being perpetrated upon  the people of this nation.

[by Dave Hodges in DC CLOTHESLINE]

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