So far we’ve had two cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States yet we’re having a national freak out. There seems to be a lot of confusion about how you can catch the virus and I’m not going to try to explain it just case down the road the information changes. I remember when AIDS first came out and NBA players thought they would catch it from an HIV positive player’s sweat.
While Ebola should be taken seriously it’s not worth a national panic. You’re probably not going to catch it unless you’ve been hanging out in Western Africa. You should check Yelp reviews before you do so.
There’s many more viruses that you have a higher risk of catching and dying from in the United States with the flu being one of them which killed 53,000 people in 2010. Enterovirus 68,which I read about two minutes ago, is one of them that fits into a class of viruses that includes hand-foot-and-mouth disease and polio. It’s a pretty new virus that developed around 1962. Every year it infects 10-15 million people and has recently killed children.
Whooping cough kills 20-30 people a year. There’s been 600 cases of Measles this year which is a disease that should be have been eliminated. There’s several more but I think you get the point.
I tend to do at least one zombie cartoon a year and I just find the “brains” quote funny. I’ve been a zombie fan since I caught the original Dawn Of The Dead on cable when I was a kid. Culture has caught up to me and dozens of zombie movies come out every year with most of them bearing major suckage. If Hollywood does to zombies what it did to vampires and werewolves (teenage vampires, werewolves, out during the day, no fangs, all weepy and in love, inducing viewer vomit unless you’re a teenage girl) then I’m going to start a riot.
I did like the Dawn Of The Dead remake and of course I’m a fan of the original Night Of The Living Dead. I really enjoyed Zombieland and of course Shaun Of The Dead was the most brilliant ever (I have a thing for weird British humor). I even liked the romance girl meets zombie Warm Bodies. It wasn’t great but it was fun. The Walking Dead is one of the few shows I’m addicted to and it seems to inspire my yearly zombie cartoon every October.
Back to Ebola (I’m not a professional writer so I tend to jump around): Republicans are trying as hard as possible to politicize it. These are the same guys who cut funding to health care, the CDC and then work as hard as possible to blame Obama, again, and incite a national panic. Do Republicans not own mirrors?
I really don’t think ISIS, ISIL, Islamic State or whatever they’re calling themselves this week, is a great threat to the United States. If one of these terrorists crosses our border and murders an American citizen, then it’ll be another daily murder in the United States. The biggest danger is the propaganda the terrorists will gain from such an action.
Crossing a border or getting on an airplane will be a lot easier for a virus than a terrorist. Ebola threatens to kill more Americans than any Middle East Terrorist. If it successfully latches on in the U.S. it’ll also threaten Canada and Mexico.
A lot of conservatives make a joke about being threatened more by global warming than ISIS. It’s a bad joke and it’ll land on them. Global warming might be slow and creeping but it will do lasting harm than a bomb or a lunatic cutting off heads.
Now that all of that is said, just how often do I get to use “oopsies” in a political cartoon?