Oh, Zerohedge! You're so funny when the Russian disinformation money runs out and you're forced to go to the silverbug brigade for news.
Economic Collapse Blog - this is what's going to happen when Ebola comes to America!! Oh dear, this is going to be a jaunty read! First they come for the Libertarian Objectivists:
If the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history reaches the United States, federal law permits "the apprehension and examination of any individual reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease". These individuals can be "detained for such time and in such manner as may be reasonably necessary". In other words, the federal government already has the authority to round people up against their will, take them to detention facilities and hold them there for as long as they feel it is "reasonably necessary". In addition, as you will read about below, the federal government has the authority "to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill". If you want to look at these laws in the broadest sense, they pretty much give the federal government the power to do almost anything that they want with us in the event of a major pandemic. Of course such a scenario probably would not be called "martial law", but it would probably feel a lot like it.
Er! Mah! Gerd! But what about our freedoms? Do these socialist fascist Nazis have no shame? Ayn Rand would never stand for such a thing! Locking people up just because they have a deadly communicable disease?
Where the hell is Jeff Berwick when we need him?!?!?!?!
And what's worse, not only are you locked up, you're force-fed Obamacare against your will!
Probably forcibly gay married and abortioned too!
But wait! There's derp!:
And of course there are many other ways that Ebola could spread to this country. For instance, all it would take would be for one infected person to get on one airplane and it could all be over.
My god! And how do you contract ebola?
Well, medical authorities tell us that it can be spread through the blood, urine, saliva, stools and semen of a person or animal that already has Ebola.
If you are exposed to the disease, the incubation period can be from anywhere from two days up to 21 days. But the average is usually about eight to ten days.
In other words, you can be spreading it around for over a week before you even know that you have it.
All I have to do is make sure that I don't touch anyone's blood, urine, saliva, stools or semen?
OK. I already do that now.
What? Do libertarians find it hard to get through the day without touching people's blood, urine, saliva, stools and semen? Cuz I mean it's not too hard, and I leave the house and touch stuff and everything.
So what's the worry, mister Economic von Collapsenstein?
Let us hope that this latest outbreak fizzles out and that we won't even be talking about this by the end of the year.
Well yeah, okay, I'm cool with that.
But experts are warning that if a major global pandemic does break out that millions upon millions of people could die.
Sigh. "Experts"? "Experts" are saying that millions upon millions of people could die from Ebola?
Who's your "expert"? Max Keiser? Alex Jones? Someone you heard last night on Coast to Coast?
I mean, I guess you can go from 909 confirmed cases to "millions upon millions" of cases.
I mean, say you lived in some shithole ignorant country where nobody has any real education, everyone believes in witchcraft, everyone mistrusts scientists and prays to their little oogy-boogy voodoo spirits, people don't believe in medical care, people are so fixated on "liberty" that they let infected people loose to run around freely spreading the disease....
Um. Sorta like the United States now, except with more libertarianism.
I guess this is why we own gold, people!