Smoke Ebola This And Just Relax

I’m not going to worry about this whole Ebola outbreak. At all. It’s serious business. With that said, successful businesses don’t kill off all their customers before they hand over their money. Even the tobacco industry robs people blind before killing them.

I’m not big on conspiracy theories. Typically, I find most people who are to have way too much time on their hands, and most of them will believe anything they see on YouTube. And believe me, they will cite YouTube sources of fuzzy videos and inaudible recordings as if their life depends on it. They seem to be experts about everything on the subject, as long as logic isn’t suddenly applied. The kinds of things I believe in are the opposite. I ignore YouTube completely. It doesn’t even exist in my domain, unless I want to watch cats crawl into a fish bowl or watch a Vevo music video to support friends who receive paychecks based on the number of plays it racks up. I ignore a lot, actually. People? Oh yeah, I ignore most of them with the same passion that conspiracy theorists have for YouTube. Why? Do I really need to say it?

Most people are dumb.

Dumb as fuck…

And that sets the stage for this entire post, because that’s what we are dealing with here, in my opinion. Is it a conspiracy theory? I don’t think so, although feel free to read through it and label it that if you feel like it’s accurate. But I call it common sense.

I’m sure everyone here has heard about Ebola. How could you not? We are all going to die, very soon. It’s dangerous! The other day, I was in line at McDonald’s and I overheard a version of the DAF conversation that I basically hear at some point each and every day… you know, the one that reaffirms the fact that most people are dumb. Dumb as fuck… These two guys who wore the same work uniform were standing in line in front of me, talking about how dangerously lethal Ebola was, and how they were truly scared for their lives because of it. I’m just listening, listening, listening. I don’t interrupt stupid; the show must go on!  At one point, the one on the right says “Hey, don’t let me forget to stop to get cigarettes before we get back.” And the reply was something along the lines of “Ok, but I’ve got some if you need one.”

Dumb as fuck.

In case you aren’t aware of what just happened, I’ll allow you the opportunity to peel my brain back and step inside and view this from where I was: Two idiots, who are hopelessly addicted to getting cancer, are in line to get food at a restaurant that uses toxic pesticides and chemicals to ensure the health of the animals that they feed a steady diet of other chemicals and hormones that make their way into the final “food” product (which is a combination of these animals and artificial fillers, which is a completely different bag of pesticides, chemicals, and hormones)… And in the midst of them doing these incredibly lethal and unhealthy activities, they are talking about how they fear for their health and life, because of a virus that, prior to them hearing about it recently, has claimed fewer lives worldwide in 38 years than suicide claimed in the United States in just 2010. Think about that for one second.

Do you see it? I can wait if you need to re-read that, because even I admit it doesn’t make any sense at all…

That right there is a great example of people being dumb as fuck. When you realize that suicide in the US in 2010 actually claimed 30 times the lives of Ebola throughout the history of the world, it really drives the point home. (According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,the actual death toll numbers for Ebola from it’s identification in 1976 through 2013 is 1,716 ; the CDC also shows 38,364 suicides occured within the United States in 2010)

Am I saying that Ebola isn’t dangerous, or that it isn’t a cause for concern? Not at all. To believe Ebola isn’t dangerous would be DAF. But I’m not worried about it. And I have marijuana to thank for that.

The wonderful people who make up the pharmaceutical industry are an incredibly generous and loving group of people. They create medicines that improve the quality of life for, basically, the entire human population. This is irrefutably true… unless, of course, it isn’t profitable. If they can’t make money from it, then it’s a bad business decision to keep you from dying or suffering. We’ve learned this from how they have fought tooth and nail to keep marijuana illegal. Marijuana is probably the biggest threat this industry has ever had: A plant that anyone can grow, could provide a free alternative to their side-effect laced version of symptom treatment for literally hundreds of their bread-and-butter products (depression, anxiety, pain, etc). So they have played an instrumental role in keeping people’s options open, even if this means subjecting you to side-effects that will cause you to need more of their products… that’s kind of the point. And I used to think heroin dealers were a ruthlessly heartless bunch. The people in charge of this industry will do anything to make money. And this is why they haven’t cured anything since polio. There is no money in a cure. But a vaccination? Jack pot.

Think about how a business works for a second. You can have a great product, but if there is no need or demand, it’s virtually worthless. The pharmaceutical industry becomes a very scary thing when you really start to think about what that means, and how it’s business model would look on paper. I find it hard to believe that there was no one in a position to call shots within Big Pharm that didn’t see the potential to turn an outbreak into a business model. The problem with a product like vaccination is that it is impossible to predict future demand. Take SARS for instance. Remember how quickly SARS came about? It came out of nowhere. One day you were sitting there watching the news and it was the typical “local murder, local murder, Micheal Jackson might have touched another kid, man-dog hybrid claiming victory in a War On Terror, drug bust, Bengals lose another playoff game” and then out of nowhere “you need a respirator because everyone is getting killed by men from Mars, here’s more pictures of people dying from Mars, and here’s a random video of a Chinese restaurant that looks like a hospital because of the masks.” So, believing that you were tripping, you take a nap. Once your high wears off a little bit, you jump on Google and realize that SARS kind of sounds like Mars and that they are similar in that they are not conducive to living things… It literally came out of nowhere (they had never seen this virus before and couldn’t identify it), and did so at full force. Yet they were able to engineer the virus that causes it within 2 years, with Dr. Donald Low of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto describing the discovery as having been made with “unprecedented speed.” Predictions said within a year, 50% of the world could be infected. And then… as quickly as it came… it was gone.

A SARS vaccine is being actively developed by the New York Blood Center. “The re-emergence of SARS is possible, and the need remains for commercial vaccine and therapeutic development. However, the cost and length of time for product development, and the uncertain future demand, result in unfavorable economic conditions to accomplish this task.”

SARS is one example of being unable to predict future demand for a vaccination product that is incredibly costly to research and develop. Remember H1N1? The first H1N1 pandemic occurred in 1918. The second one, in 2009, resulted in roughly 38,000 deaths. In 1918, (that’s one single year) it infected an estimated 100,000,000 people, killing between 10-20 million. This was 3-5% of the world’s population. There are always going to be mutated strains of the influenza virus, so it’s a fairly safe business move to develop vaccinations. But the problem is that they are already selling this to everyone who is going to get it, so new influenza vaccines are costly to develop, yet are already figured into the budget as profit, so to not develop them would actually cost pharmaceutical companies money that should already be coming in. To simplify the point, if an H1N1 vaccine was developed in 1920, it would have been useless inventory for 89 years. It was included in the 2010 influenza vaccine, so obviously they had sat on this for a long time, or developed it overnight.

So pharmaceutical companies are left waiting for SARS to return to maybe get some return on the research investment, because without a SARS outbreak, you probably aren’t going to be looking to pay for a vaccine that you believe you don’t need. They are left hoping that the major flu strains of the season are something they already have in their inventory, because that’s easy money that serves as a prime example of great ROI (return on investment). So what the hell do people in charge of a pharmaceutical company’s business plan actually do?

The same thing any business owner does… They market their product, and find ways to make you believe you need it.

They have been trying to vaccinate Ebola for 38 years now. Think about the term “clinical trial.” Think about how many years the FDA reviews animal studies before it even considers human testing, and then human testing goes on for years and years. So many things have to be measured and monitored, including dosages, effectiveness, long term effects of each dosage, interactions with other medications and conditions. This takes time, not only to develop the data, but to actually wait until the long term effects start so that they can begin to be measured. In laymen’s terms: It’s a long fucking process.

Now think about what it costs you to go to the doctor. Think about when you look at that bill, and how they charged you $600 for a blood test, and $1300 for a scan, etc. Imagine the bill that is racked up after 38 years of this sort of research at these prices. If a pharmaceutical company actually did succeed in developing a vaccine for Ebola, there’s still one major problem: Nobody who has the money to pay for it cares, because the only time it is ever mentioned involves third world countries. So this vaccine would really have no value unless a very unique marketing strategy is used…

In March 2014, the outbreak starts. Then it spreads, within Africa. It gets a mention on the news so that you can be introduced to it. A week or so later, you might catch something else about it somewhere. You don’t read the article, but you see it when you log in to check your email. It’s one of those subtle things you don’t really notice because it doesn’t effect you, but it’s being slowly introduced into your daily life so that you don’t question the legitimacy of it when it begins to seem like it could effect you. You are hearing about a death toll that’s rising, hundreds of people. What isn’t mentioned is that Africa makes for a perfect “ground zero” for an outbreak, because there is such widespread famine; for many, a visit to a doctor is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with 5% of the population walking away learning they have HIV; and that these conditions lead to weakened immune systems on top of nutrient deficiencies and famine-related health complications that equate to a much higher mortality rate for viruses than they would have in more civilized parts of the world that have access to vitamins, minerals, clean drinking water, healthcare, antibiotics, and knowledge of how not to infect everyone around you.

By now, the stage was already set, and you didn’t realize it, but for months you had been subtly groomed to not reject the big story, which came about on August 8, 5 months after you had first heard about it. This is when the World Health Organization’s Director-General declared this outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. You don’t have to turn on the TV or radio to hear what you are supposed to hear anymore. Because it’s trending on Facebook now. And unlike before, you are actually following the links and reading about it. “Oh… My… God… I mean, I heard about it, but I didn’t think it was this bad.” It’s not… not yet, at least. Only you can prevent forest fires. But we all have that one friend who just loves to play with fire. You know the one: with the butane torch lighter, the other butane torch lighter, the fire pit in his back yard, and the middle cushion of his couch missing due to whatever story he gave you to cover up the fact that he set an “experimental indoor fire” out of boredom. Well, there are information-forest fires as well, and we all have that friend too. And they are a fear monger’s best friend. They love Ebola! They’ve been a fan for years, they knew about Ebola before it sold out and went mainstream! They “like” everything Ebola has ever posted on Facebook, and troll the comments with the word “first” five comments from the top. And most importantly: they share it all with you on Facebook and Twitter as often as they can.

Slowly, it sinks in that you are lucky. But you are uneasy about feeling this luck, so you are clicking on links, trying to see if your luck has run out today; trying to see if Ebola has a big enough fan base to start their World Tour and come to America, or whatever country you might live in. Maybe not every day. But you don’t pass the links up, so they continue to trend on Facebook. And then, on September 30, the CDC announces the American leg of the Ebola World Tour has begun. “CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola within the United States. CDC is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners and has activated its Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate technical assistance and control activities with partners.” Translation: If you thought it was everywhere before, just wait until you see the stage that we’ve put together for this live show! Your children’s teachers will be getting emergency specialized training to handle the Ebola hysteria; your boss’s boss will be sending emails regarding how the company will deal with Ebola madness when and if it needs to (but until then, these new safety precautions are being utilized); you have that awkward moment on your daughter’s prom night where you fear her contracting Ebola more than any STD or getting pregnant and can’t believe that this is your real life.

Don’t worry, it isn’t. But that’s how fear-monging works. It works its way in subtly, and becomes a reality you are comfortable with accepting, before threatening to ruin it. Most people are dumb. Dumb as fuck. You can move them, and the most effective way to do that is to scare the shit out of them so they move in the direction you want them to. And the best way to scare the shit out of someone is to make them comfortable. And the best way to make them comfortable with you is to let them see you coming from a distance, easing your way into their view so they can see you aren’t anything to be concerned about.

I logged onto Facebook today and saw 4 of the first 10 posts in my newsfeed talking about Ebola, which led me to think about it. And I came up with this in about 3 minutes. I verified everything I claimed as far as numbers go, and learned a lot that I didn’t know before, which makes me believe this is a marketing campaign even more. But the icing on the cake? The World Health Organization says there’s no “licensed” vaccine yet, but that there are two potential candidates in the final stages of testing, and that “a vaccine could be available in November.”  In order for that to have been true, these final stages of testing would have had to started more than 5 months ago, which would explain why the WHO claims in the next sentence that “medicines are limited. While many efforts are underway to accelerate production, supplies will not be sufficient for several months to come.”

There is no licensed vaccine. But they are mass producing it. And it will be available in November. Hold up, what? They are speeding up the mass production process of a product that doesn’t exist, but we can have it to save lives in month or so? I’m not going to build a restaurant and cook 5000 pounds of food before the Health Department clears me to open to the public… just as Big Pharm doesn’t mass produce something in the final stages of clinical trials; they mass produce vaccines when they’ve been approved to sell them. That’s just common sense.

I’m not saying Ebola isn’t dangerous or worth a concern. That would be dumb. Dumb as fuck. I’m just saying it’s obvious when I’m standing in the middle of someone shooting a television commercial. I see the lighting guy, there’s a guy with a camera. For fuck’s sake, this fuckin guy over here is yelling “cut.” They aren’t even attempting to hide the fact that this is an advertisement. They are just banking on the people who are receiving their pitch to not understand that it’s a pitch… they are banking on them to be dumb.

Dumb as fuck…

And in most cases, that’s a pretty safe bet. If there was a virus the threatened the extinction of the human race, this would not be a vaccination race. The CDC wouldn’t be involved. We’d be looking at an evacuation, martial law, quarantines. And they definitely wouldn’t be forcing it down our throats unless there was a good reason for us to know about the dangers it brings. If we were facing something that could bring human beings close to extinction, there are two things you can expect: 1) They will bank on people being dumb as fuck, and 2) you and I won’t know about it.

Some pharmaceutical king pin, somewhere, is smoking a cigar, smirking about how he made Federlining the entire world population into a sustainable business model.

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