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Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Dec. 21-27

I like to think I emphasized quality instead of quantity during the week of Christmas 2014. That in mind, I share highlights of the past seven days at BobMcCarty.com below:

This January 2014 photo shows Butters, my office assistant, looking into his porcelain bowl in an effort to predict how the year might turn out.

This January 2014 photo shows Butters, my office assistant, looking into his porcelain bowl in an effort to predict how the year might turn out. I shared it in a post Dec. 23. To read it, click on the image above.

Sunday, Dec. 21 — Distracted by family obligations, I posted nothing at BobMcCarty.com this day. It gets better below, I promise!

Monday, Dec. 22 — While spending most of my day working on my next book, I did share some good news about my just-released crime fiction novel. Read about it under the self-explanatory headline, The National Bet Receives Two 5-Star Reviews.

Tuesday, Dec. 23 — Under the headline, 2014 ‘Most Unusual Year I’ve Experienced’ Online, I explained what it was that made my eighth year online dramatically different than the previous seven.

Wednesday, Dec. 24 — Because I’m married to a flight attendant, I’m accustomed to being flexible around the holidays. This year, as we had during each of the previous nine, we celebrated Christmas a day early to accommodate her schedule. As a result, I focused on family and food instead of fodder for this website.

Thursday, Dec. 25 — After a Washington Post article about the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta caught my eye Christmas Eve, I shared details about how the CDC fits into the mystery inside my just-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet.  Some of those details appear under the headline, Error-Prone CDC Figures Prominently in New Fiction Novel.

Friday, Dec. 26 — Recent news about the al-Shabaab terror group reminded me of the action in the opening chapter of The National Bet, so I shared an excerpt in a post under the headline, Africa-Based Terror Group Plays Part in New Fiction Tale. Later the same day under the headline, Top Intel Official Gets Away With Lies for 53 Weeks (so far), I reminded readers that Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. had gotten away with lying to Congress for more than a year thanks to inaction by soon-to-depart Attorney General Eric Holder. I ended the day with humor. Finally, after coming across a 2016 presidential straw poll at Townhall.com, I thought it might be fun to ask my online friends to enter my name as a write-in candidate — so I did ask! Details at Author Asks for Your Presidential Straw Poll Write-In Vote.

Saturday, Dec. 27 — I ended the week with a look back at a shoddy act of journalism that took place two years ago. You can read it where it appears under the headline, Flashback: Stars and Stripes Reporter Fails To Do Her Job.

The remainder of the year will probably be as slow as the past week, so I recommend you get your fix of Bob McCarty by ordering copies of my books. Details about how to do that appear below.

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Error-Prone CDC Figures Prominently in New Fiction Novel

A Washington Post article caught my attention yesterday, because it reminded me of how the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta fits into the mystery in my just-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet.

Ebola

Ebola

After receiving some critically-important news from the CDC director, the book’s main character, FBI Special Agent “Joe-L” Wilson, remains unfazed. Excerpted from page 207 of the paperback version of the book, the paragraph below explains why:

The news didn’t register as much of a shock to Wilson, because he remembered reading reports during the past two years about a half-dozen incidents involving CDC employees and the mishandling of some potentially deadly pathogens, including smallpox, anthrax, botulism bacteria, and a virulent bird flu virus. And who could forget the Ebola debacle.

If you like crime-fiction stories that seem as if they could have been ripped from the headlines, I think you’ll love The National Bet as much as others have already. See the reviews here and here.

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UPDATE 4/19/2015 at 1:27 p.m. Central: Check out the limited-time free-books offer here.

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Will Ebola Thrive in ‘Refriger-Nation’ This Winter?

In The Old Farmer’s Almanac prediction for this winter, editor Janice Stillman used some choice words to describe another teeth-chatteringly cold winter that’s on its way across the United States:  “Colder is just almost too familiar a term. Think of it as a refriger-nation.” Coupled with recent news reports about Ebola, this prediction makes me think we might be in for one of the roughest winters ever.

Among the Ebola-related news items that surfaced this week, two stand out when it comes to this winter weather prediction.

The first involves officials at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Today, they admitted that droplets from a person’s sneeze could spread the Ebola virus. Rumor has it that they made their admission after watching a snotty public service announcement (above) in which South Australians are urged to get their flu shots.

Two days ago, the world learned about Ebola being able to survive on surfaces for almost two months when stored at low temperatures. Winter temperatures.

While I hope the folks at The Old Farmer’s Almanac are wrong, they claim to have an 80-percent-accurate track record when it comes to predicting the weather. At the same time, the folks at CDC (a.k.a., “Masters of the Obvious”) have no such track record to tout. As a result, this winter could turn out to be very cold and very deadly for folks in the United States. I hope and pray that it turns out otherwise.

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Letters From 1918 Speak Volumes as Ebola Threat Looms

Because of the Ebola threat now facing the United States and the world, I thought I’d share links to three letters written during the influenza epidemic of 1918 that killed more than 50 million people worldwide. After reading them, I think you’ll agree they speak volumes about man’s ability to deal with adversity.

Click to download nurse's letter (PDF).

Click to download nurse’s letter (PDF).

Links to the letters appear below:

Letter from nurse to her friend at the Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas, October 17, 1918;

Letter from visiting doctor reporting situation to superintendent, Albuquerque Day School, New Mexico, December 20, 1918; and

Record book of patients in South Beach, Washington hospital, 1918. Army Air Corps.

To view several images from the same time period, visit the National Archives page, THE DEADLY VIRUS: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918.

See also: Missouri Doctor Says ‘CDC IS LYING!’

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Missouri Doctor Says ‘CDC IS LYING!’

A Missouri doctor wore head-to-toe protective gear as he walked through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this morning, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. On his back were the handwritten words, “CDC IS LYING!”

Dr. Gil Mobley, described in the article as a microbiologist and emergency trauma physician from Springfield, Mo., was quoted as saying, “If they’re not lying, they are grossly incompetent,” and he’s not alone as public concern over Ebola in the United States grows following the announcement earlier this week that a Liberian man in Dallas tested positive for the deadly virus.

According to Mike Adams, author of a Natural News report published yesterday, all the disinformation being spread about Ebola by the U.S. government and the complicit mass media will unfortunately make the Ebola pandemic far worse. That’s because the public isn’t being told the truth about how Ebola spreads and how individuals can help prevent transmission of the disease.

Michael T. Osterholm, author of a piece that appeared in The New York Times three weeks ago, shared his belief that public officials don’t want to be accused of screaming “Fire!” in a crowded theater — as I’m sure some will accuse me of doing. But the risk is real, and until we consider it, the world will not be prepared to do what is necessary to end the epidemic. But what does he know as director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota? Forgive my sarcasm.

Pay attention, folks, and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions. Your life might depend on it.

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