Our ethical bankruptcy is going to kill us, not a virus.

One thing science fiction does is imagine a future where large technical advances have brought change. We as the science fiction community rarely address the real issues of change at a societal level other than to pick some random event like a nuclear war over oil or environmentalism or something and run with it.

Maybe it’s time someone extrapolated the effects of the problem this article is showing so starkly. Maybe I’ll add it to my bucket of story ideas…

The Order of Turbulence

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The United States has the most capable health infrastructure and the most capable doctors in the world, bar none,” Lisa Monaco, President Obama’s senior counter-terrorism adviser, said at a White House briefing. (“US Ebola outbreak ‘extraordinarily unlikely’, White House officials insist.” The Guardian)

You might wonder what a ‘counter-terrorism’ adviser is doing vouching for the quality of the US health system. It is an indication of just how badly this issue has been framed since the first report of the latest Ebola outbreak, which began in March of this year. Nor is it helpful that the current head of the CDC keeps insisting that an Ebola outbreak couldn’t happen in the US. And even more laughably, there’s a DA in Texas who looking into pressing charges against Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who fell sick in Dallas.  Let’s hope he lives long enough for that to…

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