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Ebola: White House Raises Specter of Govít Closure During D.C. Africa Summit
The Gateway Pundit ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor

Posted on 07/29/2014 10:51:00 PM PDT by kristinn

The Obama administration is urging federal employees to stay home during the summit of African leaders being held in Washington, D.C. next week and to monitor local news for announcement of a possible “closing of the federal government” —ostensibly over traffic issues.

At the same time the administration said the federal government is taking no “additional precautions” to deal with the potential spread of the Ebola virus by those attending the summit.

In a twelve paragraph article on the summit of African leaders hosted by President Obama, the New York Times devotes five paragraphs to the issue of Ebola affecting the summit—an issue the Gateway Pundit has raised in several articles this week.

The Ebola death last week of Patrick Sawyer, a naturalized American citizen who was working for the government of his native Liberia raised worldwide fear as he was able to travel by passenger plane from Liberia to Nigeria with a layover in Togo on his way to an international conference without his condition being noted until he became seriously ill on approach to Lagos.

Leaders and government officials from Liberia as well as the other nations affected by Ebola—Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria are expected to attend the D.C. summit.

From the Times:

“In an email to top officials at federal offices, the nation’s personnel chief urged agencies to let their workers stay at home during the event, which takes place next Tuesday and Wednesday. Traffic is also expected to be snarled on Monday and Thursday as the leaders arrive and leave.

““Agencies should consider encouraging employees who can be spared from their duties to request to adjust their work schedules,” Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, wrote Friday in a memo.”

…”Ms. Archuleta wrote that for now the federal government would remain open Monday through Thursday next week, but she advised federal employees to monitor local news outlets for announcements about potential street closings, disruptions to public transportation or a closing of the federal government.”

…””We believe air travel continues to be safe, and the C.D.C. has stated there is no significant risk in the United States from the current Ebola outbreak,” Edward Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said in an email.”

…”A spokesman for the C.D.C. said procedures were already in place to stem the spread of Ebola, and flight crews and airline personnel will generally not allow a sick passenger to board a plane.

The spokesman, Jason McDonald, said, “There are no plans or indications that we’re going to take any additional precautions with the leaders who are coming.””

The White House downplaying of the Ebola threat contradicted State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki who said Monday about the summit, “…we’re taking every precaution…”

State gatherings in our nation’s capital are highly orchestrated affairs and quite common. This event was announced by the White House in January. It is odd for the federal government to suddenly urge its employees to stay home during a normal work week and to be aware for a possible government shut down on short notice.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: africaleaderssummit; ebola; ebolaoutbreak
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1 posted on 07/29/2014 10:51:00 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

“A MAN has been tested for killer bug Ebola in Birmingham — plunging Britain into high alert over the deadly virus.

He was rushed to hospital on Monday after feeling “feverish” on a flight back to the Midlands from Benin, Nigeria, via Paris. “

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/5790956/Britain-on-high-alert-for-deadly-Ebola-outbreak.html


2 posted on 07/29/2014 10:53:15 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: kristinn

We must protect those in D.C. at all costs.

Everyone else, breath deeply and suck it up, as they drive fright trains and planes full of people entering your towns and neighborhoods..


3 posted on 07/29/2014 10:56:21 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: kristinn

Isn’t this how most apocalyptic horror movies start?


4 posted on 07/29/2014 10:57:46 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: kristinn
The Obama administration is urging federal employees to stay home during the summit of African leaders being held in Washington, D.C. next week

Racist!

Seriously, I can't think of a better place to be wiped out by disease.

5 posted on 07/29/2014 11:01:54 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: Black Agnes

A flight from Nigeria via Paris to the UK. Hope he tests negative.


6 posted on 07/29/2014 11:04:30 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

government asked to stay home next week? is that paid leave?

did they ask the hotel workers to stay home too? or the guys at the local mcdonalds where the drivers of all these diplomat cars will get their coffee? how about the janitors? no, not them?

for ebola?

shouldn’t Laura Bush stay home, too?


7 posted on 07/29/2014 11:05:43 PM PDT by blueplum (uqi)
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To: MacMattico
From the article: The White House downplaying of the Ebola threat contradicted State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki who said Monday about the summit, “…we’re taking every precaution…”

Most apocalyptic horror movies have government leaders saying there's nothing to worry about…

So yes, you're right.

8 posted on 07/29/2014 11:05:55 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: kristinn

From a connecting flight from Benin.

Hopefully the airplane Patrick Sawyer vomited in and worse was sterilized before it flew any more passengers.

But I doubt it.


9 posted on 07/29/2014 11:10:11 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: roadcat

What’s with Clown Prince nobama inviting these internationals? Does he just want a larger number of people who will ridicule him and laugh at him?


10 posted on 07/29/2014 11:10:31 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: MacMattico
Isn’t this how most apocalyptic horror movies start?

Don't go into the basement alone.
11 posted on 07/29/2014 11:15:23 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: kristinn

The White House downplaying of the Ebola threat contradicted State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki who said Monday about the summit, “…we’re taking every precaution…”

A statement from this administration which leaves me
disturbingly uneasy.


12 posted on 07/29/2014 11:16:53 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: MacMattico
"Isn’t this how most apocalyptic horror movies start?"

Have you seen the new FX TV series, The Strain?

13 posted on 07/29/2014 11:19:43 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: MacMattico

Yes it is. Except this isn’t a movie. And to think that “it can’t happen here” is foolish. Why the hell are they allowing this summit to continue? And each “leader” is bringing a staff of who knows how many? 20? 50? And how many flights does it cover. And visits to cousins in Detroit, or to see the Grand Canyon.


14 posted on 07/29/2014 11:22:54 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve; Smokin' Joe

ping


15 posted on 07/29/2014 11:25:12 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve
Oh I know— why is this summit still going on? And I heard today Ebola can have a 2- 21 day incubation period— so no symptoms en route— and then somebody at the summit “accidentally” sneezes on you or isn't particularly hygienic at a public restroom.
16 posted on 07/29/2014 11:31:23 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: kristinn
I'm sorry. I can't see the downside of the Federal Kleptocracy all dying of Ebola. It's almost Biblical. Have been watching The Stand on Netflix, and I'm no longer sure 99.6% of everyone snuffing it is a bad thing.

As long as they promise to stay dead and not rise up as some zombie movie ripoff...

17 posted on 07/29/2014 11:31:29 PM PDT by jonascord (Laeti vescimur nos subacturis)
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To: kristinn

Goodie. obama will listen to a bunch of corrupt African leaders who want to send their unwanted children here under the same bogus refugee claims the central American countries are making. With taxpayer provided airfare or course.


18 posted on 07/29/2014 11:37:48 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: kristinn

The dems are closing down the government??????


19 posted on 07/29/2014 11:41:47 PM PDT by notaliberal (St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle,)
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To: blueplum

Laura Bush???????????


20 posted on 07/29/2014 11:43:13 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: kristinn

Of course, time off WITH PAY?


21 posted on 07/29/2014 11:44:00 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: MacMattico
My understanding has been that Ebola was transmitted via body fluid, and while often fatal, was difficult to spread widely.
This report seems to indicate that Ebola has become airborne.
Like when bubonic plague, which it transmitted via bites, becomes pneumonic plague, or airborne, like the Black Death.
TWB
22 posted on 07/29/2014 11:48:09 PM PDT by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin, the Flame of the North)
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To: Dapper 26

yes. Michelle would be clueless what to do with the spouses of all these African delegates, so she’s asked Laura to quarterback for her.


23 posted on 07/29/2014 11:58:18 PM PDT by blueplum (uqi)
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To: TWhiteBear

Naw, it just means that most federal employees exchange a lot of weird bodily fluids.


24 posted on 07/30/2014 12:01:16 AM PDT by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: tet68; Black Agnes
They cannot possibly take the precautions taken by the medical staff who are now dead and or probably dying of it in Africa.

Just google ebola and choose images. They had safety goggles, complete gowns, gloves, masks.

The last time I saw that much PPE was during the dioxin clean up work in Times Beach, Missouri.

They are complete idiots for not cancelling this summit. Just unbelieveable...one mistake after another.

25 posted on 07/30/2014 12:13:26 AM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: TWhiteBear; Black Agnes
Not airborne by classification but droplet precautions are three feet of distance, and it is present in SWEAT!!!

That plane had to be loaded with it. It can live for several days in dried material.

This is an incredible disaster in the making - I cannot see anything but divine intervention stopping this from getting out of Africa.

26 posted on 07/30/2014 12:15:42 AM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...
Ping....

The plot thickens...

27 posted on 07/30/2014 1:19:12 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Nepeta
Don't go into the basement alone.

Especially not on a dark and stormy night...

28 posted on 07/30/2014 1:21:11 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
Especially not on a dark and stormy night...

Well there goes the dang plot.............. :)

29 posted on 07/30/2014 1:29:20 AM PDT by The Cajun (Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert....Nuff said.)
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To: kristinn

This little soiree should be cancelled. Ebola incubation period may be up to 21 days. May be viable in male sperm for 3 weeks as well. Sounds like a great time in store for us all.


30 posted on 07/30/2014 2:39:08 AM PDT by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: mass55th

“Outbreak,” is a medical thriller written by Dr. Robin Cook and published in 1987 which deals with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States.

“The Hot Zone”: A Terrifying True Story is a best-selling 1994 non-fiction thriller by Richard Preston about the origins and incidents involving viral hemorrhagic fevers, particularly ebola viruses and Marburg viruses. The basis of the book was Preston’s 1992 New Yorker article “Crisis in the Hot Zone”.


31 posted on 07/30/2014 2:52:31 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: Nepeta

32 posted on 07/30/2014 2:55:49 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: mass55th

Have you seen the new series. The Last Ship?


33 posted on 07/30/2014 2:59:50 AM PDT by Guenevere
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To: MacMattico
Oh I know— why is this summit still going on? And I heard today Ebola can have a 2- 21 day incubation period— so no symptoms en route— and then somebody at the summit “accidentally” sneezes on you or isn't particularly hygienic at a public restroom.

I don't think Ebola spreads by sneezing. It is typically spread by contact with bodily fluids. So if a person with Ebola vomits and droplets get on you--or you touch the droplets on bathroom surfaces--you are at risk.

34 posted on 07/30/2014 3:21:20 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: TWhiteBear
This report seems to indicate that Ebola has become airborne.

It became airborne only in the sense that the Liberian-American victim was flying in an airplane when he became symptomatic.

This particular Ebola is not as deadly as other strains. It is only 60% fatal... Ebola can be 90% fatal.

In the event that Ebola becomes more easily transmissible, its fatality will probably drop. (Lethality and transmissibility have an inverse relationship.) One species of Ebola, Ebola Reston, may be transmitted through the air, but it is not known to cause symptomatic disease in humans. It has been found in pigs and monkeys.

36 posted on 07/30/2014 3:29:14 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: MarMema
Just google ebola and choose images. They had safety goggles, complete gowns, gloves, masks.

If you look closely at the images, many of those who seem to have complete PPE actually have exposed patches of skin. Look around the goggles and surgical masks and around the feet. I have seen bare foreheads, necks, and ankles.

Laboratory workers who research Ebola wear space suits with air supplied through hoses.

The last time I saw that much PPE was during the dioxin clean up work in Times Beach, Missouri.

That's funny. They probably wore all of that because they were kicking up lots of dust. When I researched dioxin as a graduate student, I wore only a lab coat and gloves when I handled dioxin.

Once, a student dropped a plate of dioxin-treated cells on the floor. As per university regulation, our lab manager called the campus EHS office and was told, "You are the experts on dioxin. You clean it up!" (Um... okay.)

37 posted on 07/30/2014 3:38:52 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Artie
May be viable in male sperm for 3 weeks as well.

Try up to 61 days. Survivors should probably avoid intimate relations until they can be tested free of virus in all bodily fluids.

38 posted on 07/30/2014 3:40:45 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: kristinn

“or a closing of the federal government.”

Link to actual memo?


39 posted on 07/30/2014 3:40:55 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun" - Obama, setting RoE with his opposition)
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To: kristinn

Actual memo: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6252

Odd, the “closing of the federal government” line isn’t quite the same now...


40 posted on 07/30/2014 3:46:16 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun" - Obama, setting RoE with his opposition)
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To: tet68

That means they are not taking every precaution. This summit needs to be stopped.


41 posted on 07/30/2014 3:49:37 AM PDT by dforest
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To: tet68
"we’re taking every precaution…”

A statement from this administration which leaves me disturbingly uneasy.

Naw, she's just setting herself up so that if an outbreak does occur she'll be seen as being incompetent. It's how amateurs roll.

42 posted on 07/30/2014 3:49:53 AM PDT by Justa
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To: kristinn

…””We believe air travel continues to be safe, and the C.D.C. has stated there is no significant risk in the United States from the current Ebola outbreak,” Edward Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said in an email.”

…”A spokesman for the C.D.C. said procedures were already in place to stem the spread of Ebola, and flight crews and airline personnel will generally not allow a sick passenger to board a plane.

mmmm.....That would be the same CDC that recently closed two infectious disease laboratories due to improper and sloppy hazardous material handling. Anthrax in zip lock bags and more. Well alrighty.

As for African airlines personnel generally not permitting sick passengers board, that certainly provides us with a stalwart defense second only to our own elite TSA.

43 posted on 07/30/2014 4:39:33 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: kristinn

Why is this summit not being held somewhere in Africa?


44 posted on 07/30/2014 5:01:19 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: kristinn

What difference does it make?


45 posted on 07/30/2014 5:32:30 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Truth is the enemy of our dysfunctional government.)
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To: Daveinyork
Why is this summit not being held somewhere in Africa?

What? Why possibly expose everyone to Ebola!!??

46 posted on 07/30/2014 6:07:41 AM PDT by Gritty (Obama's governing as president of a Latin American republic, where only the president matters-MSteyn)
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To: TWhiteBear

With the recent infection of two doctors, there is some concern that the virus is different than the other human strains.

There is a monkey Ebola that wiped out a bunch of monkeys in Virginia that is airborne.


47 posted on 07/30/2014 6:09:28 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: blueplum

how about just canceling the damned meeting till the threat is gone? A whole lot simpler.


48 posted on 07/30/2014 6:10:39 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: mass55th

I am so hooked on that show that I forgot I have a TURN and a Walking Dead withdrawal LOL


49 posted on 07/30/2014 6:12:10 AM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: EBH

“The Hot Zone” free .pdf download:

http://learn.flvs.net/educator/common/EnglishIIv10/TheHotZone.pdf


50 posted on 07/30/2014 6:20:27 AM PDT by Raebie
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