A short video clip hopefully embedded above examines boom-bust cycles in disease panics. It is a section belonging in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, except author Charles Mackay died in 1889 so he could not include that portion of the mass hysteria phenomena in any later editions of his book.
Russ Baker, editor-in-chief of WhoWhatWhy.com, theorized a sort of “perfect storm” behind the mass hysteria over Ebola which erupted in the United States in October 2014. In the movie, The Perfect Storm, a confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. A similar confluence – combined hysteria over ISIS/ISIL beheading videos and Ebola panic – helped augment the memorable Ebola panic of October 2014.
Politicians from both Democrat and Republican parties rode the wave of the “perfect storm” of October 2014. Democrats blamed Republicans for budget cuts which could have dramatically impaired the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) response. Republicans blamed President Barack Obama for playing golf during such a serious time.
But there really is a disease called Ebola, even though the Los Angeles Times has declared the Ebola panic in the United States now over. (Background: “Case Closed” On Ebola Panic, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, November 12, 2014.)
Was it vampire bats from the Congo, dark land of mysterious everlasting mystery, which first caused Ebola? That is the fairy tale being peddled, just as sex with monkeys in deepest darkest Africa, land of eternal mystery, was peddled as the origin of HIV/AIDS. And many people are stupid enough to believe such crap. However what is tentatively known is that the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in western Africa is Kenema, Sierra Leone. “Something happened there,” says Professor Francis Boyle. He theorizes that an escaped bioweapon caused the outbreak.
Dr. Cyril Broderick, Professor of Plant Pathology, in an open letter to the citizens of the world, notes how he became disconcerted by the fable of bats flying in from the Congo. “African people are not ignorant and gullible, as is being implicated,” Broderick wrote. He then addressed the current situation in five points:
- Ebola Is A Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)
- Ebola Testing Has Been Secretly Taking Place In Africa
- Sites Around Africa Have Been Set Up For Testing Emerging Diseases, Especially Ebola
- Legal Action Is Needed To Obtain Redress
- African Citizens Do Not Deserve To Be Used As Guinea Pigs, and African Leaders Must Defend Their People
Dr. Cyril Broderick’s open letter is currently available at this link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40013.htm
A new latching on of politics to a wave of fear involves Dengue Fever. “Dengue hemorrhagic fever has been added to the list of diseases brought by the surge of ‘unaccompanied minors’ who have illegally entered the U.S. this year,” writes Jerome Corsi. “Other diseases tied to illegal aliens include Chagas disease, Enterovirus D-68, drug-resistant tuberculosis and malaria.”
A confluence of Christmas executive orders from President Barack Obama (including the controversial issue of immigration reform) and renewing disease fears might cause another outbreak of mass hysteria here in the United States.
Mob spasms such as the October 2014 Ebola shiverings and the Ferguson, Missouri twitchings roughly coincided with a significant drop in the stock market which occurred in October. Those stock market losses have since been reversed, at least for now.
And so, now that the “news” parade of October 2014 has passed by, it is all left to the street sweepers.
While the hooting mob of yesterday in silent awe return
To glean up the scattered ashes into History’s golden urn.
(James Russell Lowell, “The Present Crisis”)