The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking US cases of Ebola infection. You can get a full summary of known cases and actions taken here. (There are currently only 3 US cases plus the Liberian visitor who died in Dallas TX.) This site includes navigation to general information on the disease and news about its effects in Africa and beyond.

You can get information on how to help aid groups fighting the disease here.

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Zero interest rates have caused the stock market to spike. Along with globalization, sky-high stock prices have created staggering sums of money that translate into influence and power simply unimagined even in the late 20th century. The Obama administration has ushered in the greatest surge in inequality in the last half-century. The result is that a select few have struck it rich in the stock market as never before, as trillions of dollars have been transferred from zero-interest passbook accounts belonging to the middle class to fabulous speculative stock profits for the top few.

"...we'll tell them they can keep their plans..."

“…we’ll tell them they can keep their plans…”

Simply put, those is power share power (and money) to stay in power, while criticizing … those in power. Hypocrisy pays for those who can pay. It pays very well for Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, George Soros, Nancy Pelosi, Mark Zuckerberg, and a host of others who complain about the 1% while being the 1% and living lifestyles of the 1%. Historian Victor Hanson Davis gives details here.

Is it any wonder that banking reform, health care reform, campaign finance reform, the war on poverty, the war on drugs, and any other significant, meaningful reform is so difficult? Our leaders don’t want to change the status quo that keeps them on top. But we can have change if we act as thoughtful, uncompromising consumers and voters. If we are not satisfied with the broken promises and poor performance of our political and corporate leaders, we simply “switch brands” and vote them out. Then repeat as necessary.

That’s what Hillary Clinton said earlier this week: “”Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”

Well, I’m telling you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs. So does the ADP National Employment Report U.S. private employers added 213,000 jobs in September. So does the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics The US added 248,000 jobs in September (22,000 added in government, 226,000 in private sector). So does the US Small Business Administration Since the end of the recession (from mid-2009 to mid-2013), small firms accounted for 60 percent of the net new jobs.

Senator Tom Coburn’s most recent documentation of government waste is now available. Some highlights below. The full Wastebook here.

(I think I need to take the Laughing Class. All this wasted tax money makes me sad.)

Here is a long list of non-governmental organizations providing aid in West Africa. If you’d like to donate, there should be a group on this list that interests you. This link comes via USAID CIDI.