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Ebola spreading to Ugandan Capital

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Bilbo Bagins, Jul 31, 2012.


  1. HalfHazzard

    HalfHazzard Señor Member

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    One plane flight and its an entire world problem. Just don't get coughed on or touch body fluids and you should be OK though.
     
  2. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    Didn't this get made into a few movies?:whistling:
     
  3. rhikdavis

    rhikdavis U.S. Veteran

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    Guess I'm cancelling my Ugandan mail order bride.
     
  4. You wouldn't get her anyway since USPS is going bankrupt August 1st.
     
  5. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    That's not so bad. I have to try to get my money back from the Uganda Timeshare and cancel the trip to the Uganda Group Hug Seminar.:whistling:
     
  6. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

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    If everybody in Africa really died from all of the stuff that's going to wipe them out every few years, we'd have had a whole empty continent full of resources and a less overpopulated world decades ago.
     
  7. Can you imagine how fast the population would grow and who it would be comprised of if not for those diseases? Uganda's fertility rate is 2nd in the world, 6.65 children born per woman. (The US has 121st place at 2.06).
     
  8. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    Maybe the birth rates are high in those countries with high infant mortality or short life expectancies because of that exact reason... they know they have to reproduce more to ensure the survival of their people.

    When you can have 1 or 2 kids and you know both will very likely live to their old age like here, we don't have the need to give birth to a lot of kids to carry on. When you have 6 or 8 kids and you expect only a few to live to adulthood, your paradigm shifts and you might just want to have more.

    You see this exact same mechanism at work in nature with animals. The ones who don't care for their young like insects and fish have tons and tons of offsprings and out of the thousands or millions born, enough survive out of the huge mortality rate, while mammals and other animals with maternal instincts and higher survival rates, the birth rate is much lower.

    It's just the laws of nature that when you can't ensure your brood will live on to carry your genes, you have more offsprings to hedge your bets.

    In all seriousness, even though I jest about this topic, it's a natural part of life in countries where there is no real infrastructure or functioning government which can care for its people. No value judgments here, but it is what it is.
     
  9. nmk

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    Bingo.
     
  10. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

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    The problem there is not only ebola its also birth control..or a lack of it. When we send them plane loads of food maybe we should be teaching them not to breed like rabbits.:upeyes:
     
  11. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

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    The biggest problem with ebola in Uganda? It's not Zimbabwe.
     
  12. magic

    magic Mean Old Man

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    Aren't you keeping up? USPS will just hand her off to UPS and deliver her to the wrong house Once he fills out the appropriate forms, she will be rerouted and delivered by FedEx.
     
  13. pugman

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    Well, the world is due for a pandemic....
     
  14. Alchemy

    Alchemy Senior Member

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    I can't speak for the movies, but it was the premise for one
    of Tom Clancy's novels. The name of the novel evades me.

    In Clancy's book a group of terriorists unleash the virus at
    various spots around the US causing thousands of deaths.

    If one knows anything about the ebola virus, it's a terrible
    way to die.
     
  15. pugman

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    I believe you are referring to Executive Orders
     
  16. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

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    I really think the same thing about our world having the occasional pandemic now and then and we are certainly due for one. It's just one more thing that we are due for...
     
  17. Alchemy

    Alchemy Senior Member

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    Yup, thank's pug. It's a great read if you're a Clancy fan.
     
  18. pugman

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    As much as I would LOVE the chance to take on the walking dead, a pandemic is probably one of the top three most reasonable SHTF scenarios (a major economic collaspe and war being the other two IMO)

    A super volcano, an asteroid collision or a mega tsunami caused from a volcanic erruption in the Canary Islands wiping out most of the east coast are real world possibilities - but they are rare.

    Strains of the Hong Kong Flu still circulate in the population, there was just an person who became infected by the The Black Plague in Seattle; a friend of a friend of a friend (yes, this is a real connection) works at the CDC and they at least have ongoing research into if AIDS could ever go airborne or at least become contagious like the flu.

    Remember this genius who intentionally created a super flu? I understand the need for the research but one of these buggers "walks out on someone's shoe" and then what?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...-bird-flu-virus-lab-says-publish-details.html

    The only real downside to the movie Contagion is it gives less enlightened people the excuse "oh, that was a movie."
     
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