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UPDATE: the case is confirmed, making it the first imported Ebola Virus Disease case diagnosed in the U.S.

http://www.wfaa.com/...

It's important to keep in mind that, quite likely, the patient did NOT arrive by land, or come here illegally.  He probably flew here legally, after visiting the affected region.

It's also very likely that healthcare workers have been tracking down the man's contacts since he started showing symptoms.

Quite likely, the first of many scares and/or actual imported cases of Ebola Virus Disease.

Dallas hospital isolates possible Ebola patient

DALLAS — A Dallas hospital is holding a patient in "strict isolation" as that person is evaluated for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus.

In a statement issued Tuesday night, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said the patient was admitted based on symptoms and "recent travel history."

The hospital, located at Greenville Avenue and Walnut Hill Lane in Northeast Dallas, said it is complying with all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of Health to ensure the safety of other patients and medical staff.

Preliminary results of tests on the patient are expected from the CDC on Tuesday.

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Wed Sep 24, 2014 at 09:46 AM PDT

Two amazing Ebola stories

by Jonathan

Along with the dire predictions and pictures of the suffering, some amazing stories have come out of countries battling the Ebola epidemic.

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Sun Sep 21, 2014 at 08:49 PM PDT

Ebola Epidemic Backgrounder

by Jonathan

This is a piece I wrote several days back.  Please note that I am not a virologist nor an infectious disease expert (not an MD, actually) -- just an amateur who is reading everything I can about the topic, with a longtime (perhaps perverse) interest in infectious diseases.

People wishing to get breaking news on this and other infectious disease issues may want to subscribe to the International Society for Infectious Diseases' ProMed Mailing list:

http://www.promedmail.org/

Comments and corrections welcome.

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(I posted a very similar diary four years ago.  I have a hunch it might be useful tonight, so I've updated it.)

Those of us fortunate enough to be active in the netroots during the 2004  and 2008 Presidential elections recall that one of the notable successes of online Democratic activism was our response to the debates.  Those years, the liberal netroots owned the post-game online action.  In emails and online polls, there was no doubt the netroots had become a force to be reckoned with.

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Not so much a diary as a reference document.  I found a lot of debunking of the welfare ads, but had a little trouble finding a link to the actual waiver letters from HHS.

This is to make it easier to find.

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As reported by TPM Livewire:

A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that the top one-word associations held by Americans about presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney are "honest" (32 percent), "businessman" (31 percent), and "rich" (31 percent), followed by "good," "conservative," and "Republican."
TPM points out that this is a significant change from the primaries.
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All,
The campaign against Limbaugh, through his advertisers, is bearing fruit.  But there's more we can do.

This has seen a smattering of mentions, but it's a real button we can press.  Guess who owns Rush Limbaugh?

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Limbaugh's reprehensible comments just took on a new dimension.

Via the PCTC blog...

http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/...

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Those of us fortunate enough to be active in the netroots during the 2004 Presidential elections recall that one of the notable successes of online Democratic activism was our response to the debates.  That year, the liberal netroots owned the post-game online action.  In emails and online polls, there was no doubt the netroots had become a force to be reckoned with.

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Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 08:11 PM PDT

Keeping the faith

by Jonathan

Well, it's been a bumpy ride recently, hasn't it?  Much of the blogosphere is in a bit of a tizzy right now because McCain seems to have tied things up with Obama, and liberals with PTSD from elections past think they're staring another loss in the face.

Despite the title, this diary isn't intended to to encourage blind faith.  Rather, it's intended to present my analysis of where things stand, after much knashing of teeth on my part attempting to get a handle on what's going on.  I'm not saying it's the last word (by any means).  So take it for what it's worth.

More on the flip.

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I'm a big fan of framing, and I especially like simple frames that can be repeated endlessly until they become common wisdom.

To that end, I think it would be helpful to wrap up what we know of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin into a short-and-sweet description that anyone could use whenever referring to her.

More, including some initial attempts, on the flip.

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Thanks to Yoshimi for reminding me of this classic list produced by the Romney Campaign back in January, 2008.  In the spirit of JKennerl's recommended diary, here it is, in all its glory:  John McCain's temper tantrums aimed at fellow Republicans.

My presentation of this list isn't intended to show McCain's a "maverick".  Quite the opposite: John McCain's anger problem is legendary, it's equal opportunity and has nothing to do with politics (just ask his wife...).  Rather, it seems to be an impulse control issue, and one which should concern all Americans: do we want a confused guy with an anger problem poised with his finger on the button?

This list was originally aimed at GOP'ers.  It would be cool if someone were to send it out in targeted mailers to GOP voters at large...especially if Romney ends up being the VP nominee :)

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