Rick Wiles: Idiot

I wouldn’t expect the host of a radio program called End Times to be possessed of an overabundance of intelligence, but a man as old as Rick Wiles really should by now understand how viral infection works. But, it would seem, he does not.

“Now this Ebola epidemic can become a global pandemic and that’s another name for plague. It may be the great attitude adjustment that I believe is coming,” he said. “Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, pornography and abortion.”
I guess the 800 or so people Ebola has killed this year were all either gay, atheists, sluts, or abortionists. Who knew?

Why is this Ebola outbreak so bad?

CNN unwittingly hit the nail on the head in this article.

“I think that the government and the ministry of health here in Sierra Leone is not able to deal with this outbreak. We need much more help from international organizations — as WHO, as CDC, as other organizations — to come to support the government,” Wolz said.

“Still we have unsafe burials; people who are doing the burial without disinfection of the body; still we have patients who are hiding themselves; still we have patients or contacts of patients who are running away because they are afraid.”

The duration and impact of the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak — or rather, the attention it has been receiving from our mainstream media outlets — has prompted the less-inquisitive elements of our society to completely ignore what science has taught us about how Ebola is transmitted in favor of their own imaginative speculations. The stupids wonder aloud: “How could the disease have spread so far and infected so many, of whom a fair portion are medical professionals, if it were not airborne?” But in the fashion typical of cranks, the question is posed only as a lead-in to their predetermined conclusion… that scientists are wrong, that Ebola is indeed airborne. Continue reading

Brian Dunning is going to prison

I haven’t listened to Skeptoid in over a year, and, honestly, I don’t feel like I’ve missed anything. Aside from Brian Dunning’s nauseating libertarian platitudes, I found myself increasingly turned off by his shameless pleas for cash. Dunning obviously put a lot of work into that show, but for the amount of product plugging, commercializing, and pan-handling per five-to-ten-minute episode, you’d think he was trying to finance TAM for the next ten years.

But he wasn’t. He was trying to finance himself… to the tune of a million dollars or so.

Now he’s going to prison. Deservedly. Continue reading