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Jon Stewart in contamination hood, discussing Ebola.
On Tuesday night, Jon Stewart put on his contamination suit and dove into the Ebola scare in New York City.

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Next up, Jessica Williams, Senior Health Correspondent, looked at the possible effect of the Ebola virus on real estate around New York City:

The Daily Show's Michael Che interviewed Republican strategist Chip Saltsman, about the strength of brand (family) names in American Politics.

Click here to see the full episode, including the interview with Helen Thorpe, author of Soldier Girls. The Battle of Three Woman at Home and at War.

Originally posted to Scout Finch on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 06:07 AM PDT.

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  •  Aaaauugh (14+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 06:22:16 AM PDT

  •  Photo of Second Ebola Patient (1+ / 0-)
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    yesterday-- being transported to Emory University Hospital.

    The road near the hospital had several network news trucks set up, several cars parked along the road, and around fifty people gawking and taking photos.

    WTF? what exactly did they expect to see?

    This is weak.

    "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

    by Superpole on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 07:15:10 AM PDT

  •  Ebola has already been in the US since the 70's (1+ / 0-)
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    The USAMRIID has had a supply of it in Maryland since the days when it was considered a potential biological warfare agent.

    They were working on a vaccine for a while, but apparently never got a workable one.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 07:28:30 AM PDT

  •  WHY? (7+ / 0-)

    Why have Americans become so fearful? George W. Bush arguably won re-election because the electorate feared the possibility of another al Qaeda attack. Militias have sprung up all over the country, organized ostensibly because their members fear the US government. People in NYC feared to try terrorists in the city's federal courts. Perhaps a third of Republicans fear that President Obama will revoke their Constitutional rights, or that he's about to flood the country with Latinos whom, they fear, will take their jobs. Suburban parents routinely drive their children to school-bus stops because they fear harm--from abduction to a cold virus--will befall them. What happened to the toughness that Americans demonstrated during the WWII years? Why are we now such wimps? Is there a correlation between our national fear factor and the demise of the living standards and opportunities that the middle class once enjoyed? I confess that I have no answers. Only questions.

    •  Can't happen is Pre-9/11 thinking (1+ / 0-)
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      When you've had that pounded into your skull for 13 years and suddenly "experts" say "Can't happen" "Perfectly safe" you get a flat out rejection.

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 07:48:35 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah, (3+ / 0-)
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        I suppose you're right.  I'm 64, and I remember well the world  before 9/11. But 9/11 certainly didn't frighten me or, for that matter, anyone else whom I know in my age group.  Why has it apparently frightened so many others?  Is there a difference in grit between generation and successive ones?  Are we made of different "stuff"?

        •  Having been to England in the late 80's it (2+ / 0-)
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          was a jolt to see Soldiers with apparent automatic weapons patrolling heathrow.

          When post 9/11  that happened here in places like NY Penn Station well sigh..........

          I suppose it depends on how old you were on 9/11.....

          I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

          by JML9999 on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 08:33:03 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly (3+ / 0-)
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      The authoritarian impulse is all about fear, and we now have an entire political party and least one whole cable "news" channel (arguably more) devoted to it.

      The politics of fear are easy and profitable. It's a hard drug to kick.

      Conservatives believe evil comes from violating rules. Liberals believe evil comes from violating each other.

      by tcorse on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 08:43:33 AM PDT

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      •  Sexual politics, 21st century style (1+ / 0-)
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        George Lakoff wrote in Moral Politics that Republicans appeal to "Strict Father morality" while Dems appeal of "Nurturant Parent morality"... People who are afraid want a Strict Father to protect them, so authoritarians down the ages have promoted fear, division and xenophobia. When people feel safe, they want a Nurturant Parent government, i.e. Mommy. These two cognitive paradigms come from child development.

        This is also why conservatives fear "disruption" of the "traditional" family, by which they mean exclusively heteronormative models for children. There are not supposed to be any alternatives to "Strict Father morality". It must be felt to be a necessary condition for life itself to exist -- otherwise the Bad Men will get you.

        This is also the source of the right's War on Women and loathing of feminism. Nurturant Mommy must be an unappealing alternative to Strict Daddy, so she has to be powerless and abused.

        American Presidents: 43 men, 0 women. Ready for Hillary

        by atana on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 10:13:03 AM PDT

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  •  On Colbert, HRC's appearance..... (7+ / 0-)

    left me with no doubt that she is running. Yes, it was pretty much assumed, but the bit she did was so obviously a ploy to make her seem more likable. She isn't a natural at light comedic styling, but gave it a good effort. Felt a little awkward to me at times. But that's not my point. the fact that she did this appearance this way really takes away all doubt that she's aiming for the presidency.

    The thing that came to my mind, though, was Liz Warren's times on Colbert and TDS. She comes across, to me, as natural, impassioned and genuine. When she is funny and plays off of the two hosts, it seems without artifice. But, as you may guess, I am very much a booster of Senator Warren.

    I suspect Hillary will be our next president. We could do worse. I just wish we could do better. The one thing I will say for her is that she is a tough pragmatist, and that may help in dealing with the Republicans.

    •  Howdy, neigbor! Just one little difference of (2+ / 0-)
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      opinion here. In my opinion,ANY DEMOCRAT needs to have a Congress that will WORK, for the good of the Nation as a whole, to ever get the current mess in Washington, D.C., cleared up, and Government functioning again.  In point of fact, there is NO SUCH THING as "dealing with the Republicans"; as they, themselves have shown for some 6 years now.

      And, sad to say, that would be true with both Hillary and Liz Warren.  Or even with Jesus Christ, himself, were He to be elected President on a Democratic Party ticket today.

  •  A Medical Epidemic (0+ / 0-)

    I like John Stewart, and I thought that this was a funny skit.  However, all humor aside, this is a government that cannot be trusted, nor can our media be trusted. God forbid there's an actual epidemic of Ebola here in this country. If there is a real epidemic, then I would not trust this government or the media to tell the truth about what's happening. People will need to use their own common sense and judgment if there is a medical crisis here in the US. This government and our media have proven time and time again that they are not trustworthy at all. I mostly certainly would not trust this government or our media in a situation where life and death is on the line!

  •  Just wondering (0+ / 0-)

    so excuse the ignorance

    But some people do survive Ebola. Can they become re-infected?

    I know -- dumb question, but I just wondered.

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