We’re getting geared up for Halloween, and in doing so, we here at Middle Theory begin our foray into media conspiracies this week with an acknowledgement of how the horror and suspense genres have been influenced by that classic and superlative gift of an actor known to the world as Christopher Walken, before delving into tales of the wild “holler people” of West Virginia. Then it’s down to news as we look at the recent shootings in Canada, as well as academic fraud being exposed at the University of North Carolina.
This week’s big story, however, is the continuing saga of ebola, and its spread around the globe. Some of the conspiracy theories are, in fact, justifiable (or so says the New York Times, after a fashion), and writing for the HuffPo, medical writer Abby Norman gives one of the best breakdowns of the hazmat suit dilemmas health workers may face, along with how bodily fluids may “aerosolize” and carry ebola further from the physical proximity that is purportedly required to move the disease to a new host.
The latest news that a New York doctor has tested positive for ebola has served as it’s inauguration to the Big Apple (and the issuance a new Twitter, #ebolwling), while discussion of the various vaccines in the works leads us into an examination of the economics underlying the situation. But wait, there’s more… as the deals are being entered with funding for the ebola vaccines, are we already seeing profit potentials being handed to inside “favorites” by various medical companies, who themselves have somewhat tarnished backgrounds? We think so…
Finally, Sweden is searching for a USO… and while they aren’t calling it a submarine, it’s certainly piqued the interest of international news, following the purported interception of a Russian language distress call emanating from territory waters. What’s going on beneath the surface of this mess?
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It’s not easy being green… or being superlatives (like Christopher Walken) who also operate the World’s Most Secret Society. Happy Halloween to all, and just remember as you’re laying down to rest tonight that nightmares are dreams too… don’t discriminate.
Sweet dreams everyone. 😉