Ebola, Urbanization and the Spanish Flu

I’m struck by a thought that I haven’t seen anyone talk about – the effect of urbanization on the spread of pandemics. And, I’m surprised that so little is being said about this.

Yet, it would have been the growth in city population (i.e., urbanization) that had to have been one of the leading causes for why so many died of the Spanish Flu. Those living in cities would have had a dramatically higher chance of dying from the 1918 Flu Pandemic, than those who live outside the cities, on a farm.

Even more interesting is the fact that the Spanish Flu of 1918 was less lethal than Ebola – ‘only’ killing between 10% and 20% of its victims.

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How the CIA Became Evil

As I said yesterday, I didn’t always see the CIA as evil. In fact, I usually thought of it as a pretty cool organization. But, that was before the evidence started piling up that there was something dreadfully wrong with them.

Unfortunately, part of the problem lies in the basic fact of how such organizations are created and organized. Such organizations are ALWAYS going to become evil, if they aren’t managed properly. In fact, I’m not even sure that it was ever possible to set up and manage the CIA properly.

But, worrying over what-might-have-beens ultimately doesn’t solve the problem that lies at our door.

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The Ride of the Four Horsemen – Who are They?

Few ideas have captured the imagination more than the Ride of the Four Horsemen. And, most of that ‘imagination’ is complete foolishness. Some of it is a reasonable attempt at trying to fit the pieces together.

Hopefully, the rest of us will ignore foolishness and confine our attempts at understanding, to what the Bible actually says. If you play games with the Bible, you are going to wind up in some very hot trouble with the Author.

As a writer, I don’t take kindly to having my words twisted. Multiply that by infinity when you consider that God doesn’t like having His words twisted, either.

It’s ALWAYS better to say, “I don’t know,” than invite the wrath of God.

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