Don’t Panic Yet About Ebola


Liberia has 3.9 million people.  Its October 4, 2014 and so far this year there have been 3,834 cases of Ebola in Liberia and 2,069 deaths.   That’s a death rate of 53%.  So if you catch the illness heads you win tails you loose.  Your chances in the last year of contracting ebola in Liberia are 0.10 %, or 1 chance in 1000, and your chance of dying from it would be about about 1 in 2000.

The impression we are getting via the western press of Liberia is that its not a medically advanced country.    One expects with better healthcare in the US that we will reduce the death rate of those infected at least a little bit.   How much more remains to be seen.

As virus go who can say.  We still cannot cure the common cold.  But on the other hand an African doctor is claiming he reduced mortality from Ebola in infected patients to 13% when he began using HIV drugs in patients out of sheer desperation.   ZMapp is in testing, and has been given to humans.  There are other potential drugs in the wings.

I remain confident we will be able to engineer our way around this and its not yet time to panic.

Jesus Mary Joseph Pray For Us

HolyFamilyJesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.

Joshua Wong

JoshuaWong The name Joshua Wong is allegedly the face of the Hong Kong protests.   Regardless that is the name put forward as the face.   There is a certain poetic nature to that name.   Joshua led the people into the promised land.   Is that what Wong will do ?  Will he lead opposition in Hong Kong that spreads to the mainland ?

Why Tell Someone They Are Wrong ?

Spend any time reading anything online and invariably you will read the comments.   I find that in online comments argument ensues quickly.   Someone says something, anything, and next thing you know someone shows up to tell them they are wrong.  Often they get told more than “you are wrong”.   Often their intelligence, motives, reasoning skills, education, grammar, and even ancestral breeding habits are called into question.

Why ?

Are people really that rude in public ?   I haven’t observed people in real life, outside of gatherings of technical people, where someone is immediately declared to be wrong so quickly.

What is to be gained by telling someone they are wrong ?  They aren’t going to appreciate it.  They aren’t going to listen to you.   Why do it ?

“Just Be Nice” and “If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all”.

Why The War On Drugs Must End

In a single graph this is why the war on drugs must end.   The USA didn’t turn more violent but we are putting everyone in jail anyway.


Here is how we compare to other nations.    Are we really worse than these other nations as a people and need more of us locked up ?  Are we just locking everyone up anyway…..


I Don’t Want The Moto X Watch Anymore

I must admit I was very excited about the new Moto X watch from Motorolla. The black line at the bottom of the face is why I no longer want it. I will say the Motorolla marketing department did a great job preventing that from being seen/realized in their marketing stuff leading up to the release. I am sure product management is not thrilled with engineering but hey thats life in the big city.

Gollums Song

“Gollum’s Song”

Where once was light
Now darkness falls
Where once was love
Love is no more

Don’t say — goodbye
Don’t say — I didn’t try…

These tears we cry
Are falling rain
For all the lies
You told us
The hurt, the blame!

And we will weep
To be so alone
We are lost!
We can never go home

So in the end
I will be — what I will be
No loyal friend
Was ever there for me

Now we say — goodbye
We say — you didn’t try…

These tears you cry
Have come too late
Take back the lies
The hurt, the blame!

And you will weep
When you face the end alone
You are lost!
You can never go home