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Drudge Takes Our Daily Temperature on Ebola

Written by Gary North on October 9, 2014

Matt Drudge is estimated to be worth $90 million. Why? Because he is the greatest headline writer in history.

He knows what interests readers. He has millions of readers.

Here is what interests readers this morning.


This indicates the public’s fascination with Ebola. It is not panic yet, but great curiosity.

This creates a problem for the federal government. The FedGov has no plans to deal with Ebola. It has no theory to guide a plan. We get multiple stories. The disease is not spread by airborne means, but if someone sneezes, it may be transmitted. Excuse me?

Authorities in Spain just killed and cremated the dog of a dead nurse. Dogs carry it? The authorities in Spain were taking no chances.

They just don’t know. This is an accurate message. But they must go through the motions of pretending that they know.

The public is beginning to figure this out: government bureaucrats who are in charge don’t know what they are doing.

This is true in most fields, most of the time. These stories get no coverage. We are not reminded of the degree of incompetence of our tenured, faceless rulers. But this story is getting coverage. The emperor has no clothes, and his wardrobe planners are as naked as he is.

This is the little man behind the curtain.  He has just killed and cremated Toto.

An Ebola pandemic will create a “distrust in government” pandemic. It did during the Black Death of 1348-50. The public lost confidence in its rulers, both civil and ecclesiastical. Historians date the birth of the Renaissance with the decade of the 1350’s. The medieval social order never recovered.

We do not get many opportunities to see government officials frantically running around, offering reassuring soundbites, while the headlines undermine them. It is happening in West Africa. It is happening in Spain. It is happening here.

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13 thoughts on “Drudge Takes Our Daily Temperature on Ebola

  1. CaptTurbo says:

    It didn't take Ebola to tell me that we have idiots running the country.

  2. "This is the little man behind the curtain. He has just killed and cremated Toto."

    Dr North, you slay me ! LOL

  3. Random Dude says:

    "government bureaucrats who are in charge don’t know what they are doing"

    Now there's a headline I'd like to see!!

  4. Is this disease yet another staged fear-mongering "crisis"?

    How Firestone Tires is managing the Ebola virus crisis. The company’s 185-square mile plantation in the West African nation was hit by the virus. Here’s how it’s fighting back:

    1. NPR: Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/10/06/

    2. USA Today: How Firestone shut Ebola down in Liberia http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/10/

    3. Fortune Magazine: In Liberia, Firestone's toughest job: saving employees from Ebola http://fortune.com/2014/10/08/ebola-firestone-lib

    4. Bridgestone-Firestone Americas: Bridgestone Group Expands Efforts to Fight Ebola with Major Gifts to International Aid Groups http://www.bridgestone-firestone.com/corporate/ne

    5. The Liberian Daily Observer: Firestone Med Ctr Discharges 6 Ebola Virus Survivors http://liberianobserver.com/news/firestone-medica

  5. Centurian says:

    A friend recently posted: "A bureaucracy staffed by folks who are convinced that they know best and want to save everyone is more dangerous than the most greedy robber baron."

    I would add in this case (and paraphrasing Reagan), It's not so much what we don't know that will hurt us. It is what we absolutely know for sure that simply isn't true!

  6. I listened to Dr. Tom Frieden, Chief of the CDC, being interviewed on TV. It was frightening. He either would not or could not give a straight answer to anything. My opinion is that the President is making all decisions and all government employees are told to support him. And we all know his record for getting things right. See my blog at http://cranky-conservative.blogspot.com

  7. I'm sure Conservatives felt HIV/AIDS was a blessing from God as it targeted the sexual miscreants esp. homosexuals.

  8. I thought mass protests against euthanizing a dog that may be a vector for ebola was a typical “First World problem”, but apparently Spain suffers from unreality too.

  9. The American public ALREADY distrusts the Federal Govt and all it's agencies. Because we've been lied to so many times and so blatantly. We are treated as if the truth is "none of the public's damn business!' So now that there is this frightening disease that has been irresponsibly introduced into the USA, it's not wonder that the public is freaking out. We don't believe what we are being told and we don't trust in our incompetent officials to control it's spread. We aren't "curious"…we are freaking WORRIED.

  10. I'm sure you're a moron.

  11. Sour grapes from Gil after getting his butt kicked in a debate.

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