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The Ebola Virus is Discovered

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

While treating the sick in the Congo, the doctors take water samples along the Ebola River. They look through the microscope and one doctor sees a "Shepard's crook". He exclaims, "My God... what the Hell is that?" They have no idea how deadly a virus they have found. The sisters treating the sick continue to use unsterilized needles. Thus anyone getting this disease will spread it to others without ever coming into direct contact. The name for this virus will be Ebola, named after the river where it is discovered. It is a hemorrhagic fever which means that you get a high fever, uncontrolled diarrhea, and then you bleed to death. It is agony. The mortality rate will be as high as 90%. [1] [2] [3] [4]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Note that needles for dispensing medicine were in very short supply at the time, so reusing needles in the extreme conditions of poverty of these African villages was normal. (This also explains the spread of the AIDS virus amongst heroin users in the United States since they often shared needles. That wasn't due to poverty, though, but due to government regulation over the sale of hypodermic needles.) Tom Clancy used the Ebola virus as the subject of two of his novels: "Executive Orders" (1996) where an Ebola outbreak is bio-engineered by Iranian terrorists and "Rainbow Six" (1998) where radical environmentalists try the same thing. (The novel, Rainbow Six, was probably written in support of the video game of the same name.) Both novels are NOT reality, but they explore some of the legal and ethical issues in quarantining individuals. Texas faced this situation during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. [5] [6]

Global Warming!

Contributed by Southpaw Ben

This year, the UK had the hottest year on record up to this point since temperature recordings had begun. There were an increase in hospital visits, and up to 20% more deaths than usual. As it was also and extremely dry year, there were extensive fires, which actually helped to preserve heath land that had been turning to scrub. The government responded by enacting laws that allowed the banning of the uses of hoses and/or water for recreation and/or water for watering gardens, punishable with fines for between 25 and 500 pounds. The highest temperature during this heatwave... 96.6 degrees Fahrenheit.


My Take by Southpaw Ben
OH NO, A 96 DEGREE HIGH?!?!?! To quote Alexshrugged "a typical Texas spring." Here in PA where I'm from, that's a fairly hot summer day, but nothing remarkable. As for human caused global warming, I tend to be fairly skeptical of if it's actually a thing, or just paid for results. For this many of my peers at college think I'm a tantamount to a heretic. It's also interesting to note that many were surprised at the fact that the fires on the heath land actually revitalized the landscape, almost like humans weren't there to put out the fires for centuries before, and yet it still managed to survive. It's amazing how many people think that we need to intervene in nature, and think we're helping it by stopping forest or grassland fires, or by cutting down the dead trees that bears scratch....

USA: Two Hundred Years in the Making

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

It is the Bicentennial celebration of the Declaration of Independence, the founding document of the Republic. We have done so much since that time. We have fought a war to free the slaves, brought forth the Second Industrial Age, fought a World War twice, and nearly destroyed everything. We came from the horse and buggy to walking on the Moon. We have cured deadly diseases that once baffled our great grandfathers. Millions have lived because of our virtues, and millions have died because of our faults. While traditional religious faith has been an anchor for most, some have made science their new religion. Others seek a spiritual oneness through sex, and drugs in careless abandon. Cynicism is the rule of the day. Our heroes have fallen... at least mine have. It will take time to find new ones... and yet... not all that long. Just when I thought all was lost, I met the man who would save my life... the very next year. It is always darkest before the dawn. As we enter the Electronic Age, our children will take for granted what we can only imagine, and I wonder what THEY will imagine in turn. It's a whole new world.

Notable Births

  • Pat Tillman (died 2014, age 27 in combat): He gave up football after 9-11 to join the Army Rangers. He was killed in a "friendly fire" incident in Afghanistan. (Since he was famous, the Army first claimed that he was killed by enemy fire.--alexshrugged) [9] [10]
  • Peyton Manning: Football quarterback for the Colts and Broncos. [9] [11]
  • Stevie "KillCreek" Case: The first female video game celebrity, and business woman. [9] [12]
  • Rachael MacFarlane: The voice of Haley Smith on American Dad. [9] [13]
  • In Movies: Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Fred Savage, Alicia Silverstone, and Reese Witherspoon. [9] [14]

This Year in Film

  • Rocky: Sylvester Stallone plays a down-and-out boxer who is given a chance at the title. [15]
  • All the President's Men: Two reporters take down President Nixon. (Now all reporters want to emulate them, as long as there is a Republican in the White House.--alexshrugged) [15]
  • In Comedy: Network, Silver Streak, The Bad News Bears and Silent Movie (with Mel Brooks). [15]
  • And disturbing films: Logan's Run, Carrie, and Sybil. (Sybil is disturbing because it is a true story of a mentally ill child.--alexshrugged) [15]

This Year in TV

  • In Comedy: The Muppet Show, LaVerne & Shirley and Alice (from the movie, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.) [16]
  • Babes on screen: Charlie's Angles and The Bionic Woman. [16]
  • In Game Shows: Family Feud, and The Gong Show. [16]
  • VHS video tape machines are introduced: The lawsuits over stealing video content now begin. [16]

This Year in Music

  • ABBA dominates with... Dancing Queen, Fernando and Mamma Mia. [17]
  • Don't Go Breakin' My Heart: Elton John and Kiki Dee. [17]
  • If You Leave Me Now: Chicago. [17]
  • And more than I can list here.

This Year in Video Games

  • Sega releases Heavyweight Champ: The 1st hand-to-hand fighting game. [18]
  • Atari releases Breakout: Originally written by Apple Computer's Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. [18]
  • Exidy's Death Race is banned : Based on the movie Death Race 2000, it is little white dots on the screen that you "run over". IT'S PIXEL PEOPLE! (They have no idea what is coming.--alexshrugged) [18] [19] [20]

In Other News

  • Karen Ann Quinlan is ruled a vegetable: Her ventilator is removed. She will live another 9 years. (The 1st step in killing someone is to change their name from a person to an "it".--alexshrugged ) [21]
  • The Raid on Entebbe: Israeli commandos fly into Uganda to rescue 103 hostages held by Palestinian hijackers. Benjamin Netanyahu's brother, Yonatan (that is, Jonathan), is the only commando killed during the raid. [21]
  • Mao dies of a heart attack.: Mao's murderous wife is arrested for treason. In her defense she said, "I was Chairman Mao's dog. I bit whomever he asked me to bite." (Accurate if not becoming.--alexshrugged) [21]
  • THERE IS A FACE ON MARS!: Well... not really, but the shadowing in a Mars Viking photograph looks like a face. [21]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1976, Wikipedia.

See Also


  1. Glenn Beck Program: Why the Arab-Israeli Conflict? First aired: 2014-Oct-06. (MEMBERSHIP ACCESS ONLY) Summary: "Glenn Beck interviews doctors who have been to Liberia to treat Ebola patients."
  2. Ebola River - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  3. Democratic Republic of the Congo - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  4. Ebola virus - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  5. It's Over: Texas' Ebola Outbreak Has Ended - NBC News (November 6, 2014). Retrieved on 3 April 2017. “It started when Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian citizen planning to settle in the United States, became sick and was at first mistakenly sent home from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He returned two days later by ambulance and was diagnosed with Ebola. Officials had to track as many as 50 people who may have been in contact with Duncan. But the real scare came when two nurses, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, became infected while caring for him. Vinson had traveled to Ohio to make wedding plans and, even though she wasn’t diagnosed until she came back to Dallas, her travels set off waves of anxiety.”
  6. Texas nurse who contracted Ebola settles lawsuit - CNN.com (October 24, 2016). Retrieved on 3 April 2017. “The diagnosis of Nina Pham was the first known transmission of the disease in the United States. The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas nurse sued its parent company, Texas Health Resources, in March 2015, accusing it of failing to adequately prepare her to treat Ebola and violating her privacy.”
  7. http://politicsuk.net/smf/index.php?topic=4499.0;wap2
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_United_Kingdom_heat_wave
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 1976 Births - Wikipedia.
  10. Pat Tillman - Wikipedia.
  11. Peyton Manning - Wikipedia.
  12. Stevie Case - Wikipedia.
  13. Fred Savage - Wikipedia.
  14. Benedict Cumberbatch - Wikipedia.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 1976 in film - Wikipedia (1976). Retrieved on 27 January 2017.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 1976 in television - Wikipedia (2017).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 1976 in music - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 30 January 2017.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 1976 in music - Wikipedia (1976).
  19. When Two Tribes Go to War: A History of Video Game Controversy - GameSpot. gamespot.com (2017). Retrieved on 3 April 2017. “Death Race was an arcade game based on the movie Death Race 2000, which starred David Carradine as Frankenstein and Sylvester Stallone as Machine-Gun Joe Viterbo. The movie's tagline, 'In the year 2000, hit and run driving is no longer a felony. It's the national sport!' rang true of the video game version as well. The objective of the lo-fi black and white game that looked like a slightly more advanced version of Pong was to earn points by running over as many 'gremlins' as possible within a given time frame. If you successfully pulverized your prey, a cross would appear where the being was trumped. If you failed to kill passersby on the first run, you could reverse your vehicle and finish them off.”
  20. Death Race 2000 (1975) - IMDb. Retrieved on 3 April 2017. “In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill's brutality.”
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 1976 - Wikipedia.

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