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Dear Friends: Proving that I am descended from Romanian gypsies who could foresee the future, my previous post described the Occupy Movement as a disease. Prescient, that. It seems Occupy Atlanta’s main tent has tested positive for DRUG RESISTANT TUBERCULOSIS (TB) (hat-tip Instapundit).

Tuberculosis Bacteria and its Target Organ

Tuberculosis Breaks Out At Occupy Atlanta’s Base

The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease. WGCL reports that a health department spokeswoman said there is a possibility that both Occupy Atlanta protesters and the homeless people in the shelter may still be at risk since tuberculosis is contracted through air contact.

It was just a short time ago that this country that was in a panic to vaccinate everyone from a flu that proved to be mild. Now, I see a complete lack of action responding to the potential infection of hundreds of citizens (if not more) to a deadly disease. As an infectious disease specialist, this is disturbing to me.

Most Americans do not recall the heady days of sanitoriums. I, therefore, offer this reminder as to why my fellow mothers and I get regular TB tests when we volunteer for school activities. (Yes, I am TB free!)

From the CDC:

“TB” is short for tuberculosis. TB disease is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with active TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

Sanitorium for TB Victims

Millions of people have died over the course of over 4,000 years from this disease. Famous sufferers include Honoré de Balzac, Emily Brontë, Dashiell Hammett, Vivien Leigh, Paul Gauguin, Frédéric Chopin, Igor Stravinsky, Cardinal Richelieu, and Saint Bernadette Soubirous. Here are the recent statistics on TB:

Despite all the drugs available today, tuberculosis is still a problem in many nations. According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, each year, 8 million people worldwide develop active tuberculosis and nearly 2 million die. While the overall rate of new tuberculosis cases has continued to decline in the United States since national reporting began in 1953, the annual decrease in tuberculosis cases has slowed dramatically. TB continues to kill between 2 and 3 million people every year. The WHO estimates that 36 million people will die of tuberculosis by 2020 if it is not controlled.

TB has the potential to kill many more people that student loan defaults. I had little comment when the OWS crowd was giving itself STDs. However, this disease is highly communicable, especially in the environs of a typical Occupy camp. I am a small government supporter, and I feel the government is regulating too much. However, protecting its citizens is the first order and prime duty of government. Now, it is up to state, local, and federal jurisdictions to begin acting on the behalf of all citizens.

Shut the Occupy movement down, now. It has become a danger to public health. It seems to me that if the Obama Administration was so keen on preventing an H1N1 epidemic, then they should be as diligent is stopping the spread of TB.



The Occupy Movement is just like the Tea Party….minus the personal hygiene, civic responsibility, and respect for private property.

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Dear Friends: Getting into the spirit of the season, I have been listening to some of my favorite Halloween-oriented songs. Here is one of my favorites:

Speaking of which, the San Diego cohort of the Great Zombie Invasion has been busy! Courtesy of Gateway Pundit: OUTRAGE… Occupy San Diego Goons Use US Flag as Dog Chew Toy. Mut’s Money Quote! “USA Flag Dog Chew Toy: Best Use of Old Glory to date!”.

In fact, since my zombie post, Instapudit’s Glenn Reynolds notes that NJ students are celebrating the Zombie Apocalypse!And the zombies are beginning to riot!

Team Obama must be so proud of all their little zombies!It looks like some of the undead are awakening to the money scam that OWS finance is becoming.

And speaking of scary news: Did You Know Feds Will Temporarily Cut Off All TV and Radio Broadcasts on Nov. 9?No television. No radio. And timed to silence Rush Limbaugh. The STORY is that the a new national emergency broadcast system is being tested. If Obama’s voice is on the first national Emergency Alert System (EAS), I will be ill. And I am sure there are tons of advertisers, TV viewers, and radio listeners that are not going to appreciate the heavy-handed disruption. As Charles Caesar notes: Caution – Tyranny Ahead.

I hope I have given you enough information to enter B-daddy’s Caption Contest. Here is the OWS-related item. WARNING: TOXIC LEVELS OF IRONY!

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SLOB News:

I would officially like to welcome KT of The Scratching Post to our hallowed institution, the SAN DIEGO LOCAL ORDER OF BLOGGERS! His OWS Post is here: Dear OWS, Rhode Island Is Bankrupt

Beers with Demo has a video of the day that ties in with Mad Men, a TV series we have been missing.My current favorite of the new crop of shows is “Once Upon a Time”, which centers on a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic and mystery of Fairy Tales just may be real.Two big thumbs up!

UPDATE – via Instapundit Glenn Reynolds: OCCUPY WALL STREET: A Zombie ACORN Production? “Sources said NYCC has hired about 100 former ACORN-affiliated staff members from other cities – paying some of them $100 a day – to attend and support Occupy Wall Street. Dozens of New York homeless people recruited from shelters are also being paid to support the protests, at the rate of $10 an hour, the sources said.”

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Dear Readers: A little humor to end this busy week. I wanted to start by noting that, as a safety professional specializing in biohazardous materials, I find it interesting that the OWS movement started just shortly after the publication of the Center for Disease Control’s plans for the “Zombie Apocalypse”.

Coincidence? I think NOT, and here is my proof:

More from the SLOBs about OWS: A small mention of B-daddy in San Diego City Beat:

Today the Tea Party meets the Occupation

Can the two populist movements in the United States—the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street—find common ground? The “unofficial chief ideologist” for the San Diego Tea Party, B. Daddy, believes it’s possible, as does the local incarnation of the Occupation, Occupy San Diego, which has invited local conservative radio host Rick Amato to speak at the Civic Center today at 5 p.m.

I will have updates, if available.

Finally, as a palate cleanser for us Star Trek fans (thanks Anchoress):

UPDATE: This humorous graphic via LaDona Harvey

UPDATE 2: Here is a choice bumper sticker from the halls of Legal Insurrection:

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OCCUPY CUPERTINO!

I am opening the Shrine today for a wonderful new essay for our prophetess of economy and finance, Professor Athena. The topic is Occupy Wall Street, which (as Tammy Bruce notes) is actually the opening of Team Obama’s 2012 campaign!

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The financial services industry is responsible for over 6% of our GDP. Yes, we know taxpayers are still being told they “bailed out the banks”, despite the inconvenient truth that TARP was a loan, has been paid back almost in entirety, and which taxpayers actually have made money on. We know popular psychology is to vilify the financial industry and especially banks, blaming them for not lending money as one of the main reasons why we see stubborn unemployment. Yet recent money sent to the Occupy Wall Street protestors was somehow not placed under the sleeping bags of the demonstrators, but instead placed on account in a bank. Whoa, dude, you put the money on deposit in a financial institution? No doubt that bank can’t wait to begin charging debit card swipe fees and account maintenance transactions, all of which is greedy and unfair of them. You should be more careful. Perhaps buy gold and bury it in the ground.

It would be nice at some point to hear even the conservative media explain how many jobs since 2008 the financial services industry has lost. In fact, entire firms have disappeared off Wall Street, brokers and salespeople and operations administrative personnel have all lost their jobs. The economic excesses of the housing meltdown and its spinoff of structured securities on leveraged capital had huge cost, bourn most immediately and severely by the financial industry. Estimated jobs lost in 2008 alone eclipsed 200,000. The bleeding continues, as recent announcements by many of the nation’s largest banks have shown. In similar fashion to the oil and gas industry, no one wants to feel gratitude for such important products and services we all depend upon daily, and what appear to be flashy income and profit numbers often obscure costs which are never reported. It may be a challenge to acknowledge that we are repeating mistakes of the 1930’s in blaming banks and other financial institutions for an economic meltdown which was a blend of cyclical market phenomenon and political policy mistakes, but acknowledge it we must or we lose a very valuable part of our economy and a business where we set the standard on the world stage in the process.

Imagine for a second that you can’t do without your I-Phone. I know I can’t do without mine! And it shouldn’t have to be so expensive, right? Because we all know that Apple sells millions of these per day and they make huge profits. Let’s imagine for a moment that the government tells Apple not only how much it may charge for the new I-Phone, but it also taxes upcoming “windfalls” from any new products which turn an unusually large profit. In addition, regulators will be around occupying the largest Apple outlets to assure compliance with all consumer laws, part of the new consumer fraud division and which will cost Apple big dollars in hiring accounting people and auditors and lawyers to manage. But we are not done, not by a long shot. The federal government has passed a law citing Apple for “overcharging” its App developers for inclusion in the App Store, and Apple must now cut those fees in half. No problem for earnings, right? We still are not done. Several Apple customers decide to write bad checks and use fraudulent credit cards for purchases, for which the government says Apple must now be held responsible. The government indicates it might settle, if Apple will agree to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 billion dollars to the government to apportion among states where the most Apple I-Phones were sold. What they are going to use the 20 billion for is nobody’s business. Oh, and one more thing. A new plan is being kicked around where people who cannot afford a new I-Phone will get one anyway, because dangit, they deserve it!!! A number of prominent Senators are up-in-arms about this very thing on the Senate floor. People can’t play Angry Birds! Texting is dropping nation-wide! The President of the United States uses his office on almost a daily basis to denounce the greed of Apple and all information technology companies. A new Occupy Apple movement has been organized, and they are camping out in Cupertino. They are not all in agreement about what they want, but world peace is of course important and, failing that, the newest I-Phone App that finds them a job where deodorant is not that essential. Meanwhile Apple’s profits are down, it eliminates 98,000 jobs, and decides China might be a location worth looking into.

The above situation seems far-fetched, but not to banks. We were around when you did it all to us.

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Follow this up with a look at the 53%, via W.C, Varones.The website name comes from the percentage of Americans with “skin in the game” — that is, those of us who pay income tax.

We are the 53% - http://the53.tumblr.com/

Beers with Demo has a take about how OWS is going to like being mentioned in the same breath as Tea Party: Hey, #OWS… Ya like apples?

Finally, as B-daddy points out, it is the crony and not the capitalism.

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