Drudge knows how to attract viewers. He know what stories are read. He then uses related stories on the top left of his site. Here is October 4’s list.
The government keeps issuing assurances: there is no threat. Its problem is obvious: people know that officials lie. The more likely that bad news will create panic, the more certain the public is that the officials are lying, spinning, or otherwise deceiving. “When the going gets tough, the flacks get spinning.”
We can be sure of two things. First, Ebola victims will fly into the USA. Second, this will be officially dismissed as no threat. Case by case, we will be assured: “No problem!”
The Web will not allow these stories to be suppressed. There will be all kinds of assessments of the facts, but the facts will get out.
At some point, without warning, the public may decide to begin making personal preparations. Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Tipping Point, describes what could happen. There is no way to know when this will happen, but the government’s bureaucrats will not be able to reverse it if it does happen. Panic will spread. They will say, “remain calm,” and this recommendation will fan the fires of fear. “They’re lying again! It’s worse than we thought!”
It is a problem over there. But over there will never be officially allowed to come over here. There is an emergency in West Africa, we are assured. But Ebola cannot become a threat here — by definition. We’re here. They’re there. It’s their problem.
The government is sending in U.S. troops to deal with the problem. This is panic mode. This is sending troops into harm’s way. This is justified in the name of humanitarianism. Nonsense. It’s an emergency response to the fear of a worldwide pandemic. But by definition, it will not be allowed to be identified as a worldwide pandemic. Over there, yes; over here, no. By definition.
Government officials lie. They are paid to lie. We know this. They know this. The world’s officials are all Baghdad Bob to one degree or another. The game goes on. But with Ebola, it’s no game.
If there were HazMat suit futures, I would be long.