Wednesday Miscellany

by M.D. Creekmore on December 18, 2013 · 55 comments

advertisers21. No diagnosis made in mysterious illness — four dead : “Those affected are experiencing flu-like symptoms but have tested negative for common flu strains,” the release states. “The patients are currently housed at an area hospital awaiting further laboratory test results in an effort to determine the nature of the illness. Montgomery County Public Health District officials are monitoring the situation closely and will provide more information as it arises.”

2. Mother says mystery illness transformed son into dying patient in days : “Dathany Reed, 41, wasn’t feeling well on Thanksgiving. He called out sick from his job at the Golden Corral and went to see doctors at Conroe Regional Medical Center. Odessa Reed says doctors sent her son home with several prescriptions. She told KHOU that her son was admitted to the hospital’s emergency room the next day and ended up on life support.”

3. Keeping Your Preparation Secret: 5 Ways To Keep Lowlife Scum Off Your Doorstep : “Consider that little good can come from revealing your plans to anyone outside your family unit. The information you inadvertently reveal about your preparations and plans is almost certain to arouse suspicion with authorities at various levels, not to mention opportunistic criminals.”

4. Top ten ways to blow your operational security : “After a while people will naturally start to form groups and communities for their own survival and you can become part of (or the leader) that group if you have skills to offer. Skills are more important than “stuff” when trying to join an existing group after a major long-term SHTF event, because they will need your skills but they might just take your stuff…”

5. Study: Yellowstone magma chamber more than 2 and a-half times larger than estimated : “The hot molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is 2 ½ times larger than previously estimated, meaning the park’s supervolcano has the potential to erupt with a force about 2,000 times the size of Mount St. Helens, according to a new study.”

6. Meet Jack. Or, What The Government Could Do With All That Location Data : “We now know that the NSA is collecting location information en masse. As we’ve long said, location data is an extremely powerful set of information about people. To flesh out why that is true, here is the kind of future memo that we fear may someday soon be uncovered.”

7. Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War : “The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489.”

8. Men Thought to Be Impersonating Cops Robbing People, Turned Out to Just Be Cops Robbing People : “A good Samaritan with a camera helped in catching an off-duty Detroit Police Officer and his former DPD accomplice, who were involved in a pistol-whipping and robbery outside a Citgo gas station.”

55 comments

Michele December 18, 2013 at 8:43 am

#8 – just love the spin the interviewed cop puts on it – the victims were not innocent – huh? Even if they were not innocent, the fact that cops were doing this off duty makes it a ROBBERY and assault and battery. They have no right to take the law into their own hands, but of course they will probably get off with a hand slap.

j.r. guerra in s. tx. December 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

I guess the Houston area is one spot I’d avoid for any vacation plans – wow. My condolences to their families for their loss.

riverrider December 18, 2013 at 9:02 am

we just had a deputy fired and arrested. he di a bunch of burnouts in his estranged gf’s drive, then kicked her door down while still armed w/ his issue weapon. he was so new he was still on probation. where do they find these guys?…..missed the location, but a woman waas confirmed by the cdc to have contracted a strain of flu not previously known to transmit to humans….colorado shooter turned out to be a stark raving..communist. i wonder if all the shotgun slaying are setting us up for a total gun ban?

riverrider December 18, 2013 at 9:05 am

for anybody interested, d&h ar15 mags on sale at palmetto state armory as of last night for 7.99. their shipping is low too. great deals on ar15 parts too. just saying.

Shai December 18, 2013 at 9:07 am

#1… Yeeks!

Shai December 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

A follow up to this is DGS and SIL both had A strain of flu this past week, DGD on preventative dose of tamiflu. DD and I had vaccine, no one else did. Hoping DH doesn’t get it.. Possible I had a mild version of it week before, had a week of feeling really bad and a z pack to get rid of secondary infection. Need to resupply mucinex and increase it two fold. Got plenty of the gypsy tea still and looking for elderberry plants to get in ground for future. Would appreciate a good list of herbals to keep on hand and to plant from our herbalists. Saw report this week on hand washing with antibacterial soap vs regular soap and the study said no difference in results. I don’t use the antibacterial soap anyway as it killed the flora in my septic tank a few years back. Bleach breaks down and has little effect on the tank by the time it gets to it, but the tricosans don’t break down. Definitely keeping out of crowds for the time being. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy new year to the pack! Have had issues with being blacklisted, so never sure when I can post Yuletide greetings, but I will be glad when the days start to get longer again!

Patriot Dave December 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm

huh? what did you say? something about underwear?

Patriot Dave December 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm

dang ad changed.

midnight1st December 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Shai – re planting herbs. My approach to planting herbs has been to first find out what is growing around you. For instance, green sweet gum balls contain a chemical quite similar to tamiflu. You just have to whack them flat and tincture them. Of course you have to know that when they are actually green. I have found that lots of the stuff that grows wild in my area are really good for something.

Then, for things that you don’t already have, do some research for good medicines and then find a source for the plants. These will probably have to come from an online source. Most nurseries do not carry medicinal herbs. Go to the sources and read about the plants. If they will grow in your plant zones, then you can order them and try them out. If you want to try seeds, you might try Baker Creek. If you want the plants, the site that has been most helpful to me is Shooting Star Nursery. They are in Kentucky and have plants that will grow there, which are many, as well as the zones that are listed.

I am trying to grow all the medicinal herbs that will grow here just in case even though I don’t yet know enough to use all of them. I spent the day ripping out half the grass in my yard to turn it into yet another herb bed.

Mike December 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

1 & 2 – Mysterious Illness… any N95 mask probably won’t help either. Sure glad I am not in that area.
3 & 4 – “Loose lips sink ships” keep your mouths shut. What you do here, what you see here, when you leave here let it stay here.
5 – When it happens there is little if anything we can do about it except prepare to remove all sharp objects from your pockets, bend over and kiss your arse goodbye. At that point I am not sure I would want to be a survivor.
6 – Metadata will be the death of privacy… what am I saying? It already is!
7 & 8 – I know that there are a lot of ‘good’ LEO’s out there, but sad when the few ‘rotten apples’ spoil the reputation of those good ones.

Kate in GA December 18, 2013 at 10:36 am

#1: I need Bam Bam to comment here!

Bam Bam, can you tell us what you know about the deaths in Texas?

#7 & 8: I have turned into someone who completely distrusts all police. That fact is very sad, because I come from a family of cops. Where do the cities and towns find these people to hire?

Kate in GA December 18, 2013 at 10:40 am

NYPD to be specific.

Bam Bam December 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Kate,

My comment below is awaiting moderation. The first case appeared around Thanksgiving. Officials are still trying to figure out what this could be. Why are we just now hearing about this? My guess is that we are hearing about it because the mother of the youngest victim, a 41-year-old male, father of three, did an interview. I have more information below.

Donna in MN December 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

1. Gotta keep an eye on this mysterious killer illness.
2. A co-worker of mine just died of a mysterious illness according to the hospital and doctors. He was a heavy drinker his whole life. My ex’s cousin died the same way and he was a heavy drinker. No brain autopsy was done on either, but I believe that would answer their mystery.
3. and 4. Most people can’t find my home with directions as I live down a forest trail in the forest in a sparsely populated area. I moved here for a good reason.
5. If Yellowstone blows, disastrous results can last for decades. If it does go off, you may have a few hours to get out of way of the ash clouds, enough time to get 10 years worth of food and water filters before anyone knows what will happen as a result.
6. Even Facebook violates privacy by recording everything you typed in and erased it before posting it. Even resetted comments are recorded you thought were erased. I suggest you FB people to type your comments separately on a different program and paste at FB section and think clearly before posting it.
7. The more immoral the country’s population becomes, it spreads to every corner of our country, including police, clergy, congress, the president, etc.
8. I hope they get the fullest extent of punishment by law. Otherwise our country is doomed to anarchy ruling over the people.

Mike December 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

In regards (not respect) to FB… I had only become a member as a requirement for a college Ethics class… over time I had used it and posted some of my feelings and comments about TDL; to which they in turn removed some of the more ‘negative’ postings from my wall. At that point I made my last farewell statement, removed all friends, removed all associated emails leaving one expired hotmail account (they make you leave 1 associated email even exiting), and made a totally arbitrary 32 character password I will never remember because I just chose random characters, never to return to FB.
I rather meet my friends face-to-face than comment on FB.
And I never Tweet either.

PGCPrepper December 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Agree on most. I have never been on Stalkbook and never will. My wife basically went off last year. I do tweet but I MADE a living trading equities and it was great for ideas, etc, plus a great newsfeed. We talked specifically about stocks and TDL BS of course.

In fact, I know when Mr. Creekmore has made a new post to his blog due to his twitter posts. Smart move on his part.

Bam Bam December 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I just woke up. I stayed up half the night following the mystery illness (and spamming M.D.’s inbox). The most logical candidate for the mystery flu is a mutated form of H1N1. Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are currently experiencing a significant increase in incidence of H1N1. And the rapid test is notoriously inaccurate–30 percent inaccurate, to be specific. But if it were H1N1, the labs would have confirmed this by now. It only takes four hours to run the test.

The facts we have in at this point are these: the folks in Texas are treating this as a highly infectious disease. Patients present with flu-like symptoms. All eight were at Conroe Regional Medical Center in Montgomery County, Texas which is near Huston. Patients are males, ages 41-68. Most developed pneumonia. Cause of death is multiple organ failure.

Right now officials in surrounding hospitals are going through patient records to see if they have any cases that match the description of the first eight.

Here’s what’s odd: family members have not been placed in quarantine. The mother of the youngest victim did an interview, detailed above. The daughter of the 81 year old blogged last night that her dad was chopping wood and was perfectly healthy. He came in because he thought he had pulled a muscle or got a hernia. Then he said he thought he caught the flu. They took him in to the emergency room, where he was placed in a medical coma and put on dialysis. Cause of death was kidney failure. These two cases were perfectly healthy. The third case had a compromised immune system because of radiation treatment. I have no information on the forth case.

Here is my thinking at this point: if this just developed yesterday I would say it was H1N1, which is circulating in the area. But hospital folks have had weeks to test for this.

I will add this: All information we’ve been given at this point is consistent with H7N9, high mortality rate, death by organ failure, flu-like symptoms, pneumonia.

I find it very disturbing that they’ve been dealing with this since Thanksgiving and don’t have a diagnosis yet–or they don’t want to alarm folks by tipping off the media.

At any rate, this is exactly how a pandemic would start–mystery illness in Texas. CDC officials can’t find their ass with both hands and a flashlight.

Nebraska Woman December 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Bam Bam, I am showing a bit of paranoia here, but you have heard of contrails, I am sure. Could it be that the government is spraying something up there that is infecting us? I find it hard to believe that in this day & age they (the doctors, government, whoever) do not know what this bug is after how many weeks? There is certainly something rotten in Denmark…

Bam Bam December 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Nebraska Woman,

I doubt it is the government spraying us–migratory birds are very well capable of doing this by themselves.

Ron December 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Contrails are nothing more then ice crystals that form off the wing tips of aircraft. They have been around since the early days of flying machines.
No boogieman here.

Nebraska Woman December 19, 2013 at 7:54 am

Thanks.

Draq wraith December 19, 2013 at 4:49 am

Bam bam can you return information to these people for me?
Info is this.
During the government shutdown there was reports of cases of food poisoning. 5 different strains of salmonella 4 of those strains are resistant to multiple antibiotics. Could this be mistaken for h1n1 lie symptoms?
Also h9n7 is very possibles well several places are serving chineese raised chicken. Did china ever find a cure?

Bam Bam December 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Draq wraith,

It is possible the mystery disease could be from a food borne pathogen. But in that case you would have expected symptoms involving gastrointestinal distress and not pneumonia. H1N1 explains all the symptoms and is widely circulating in Texas.

Draq wraith December 20, 2013 at 1:04 am

They tested for all known flu varieties last I heard one doesn’t match any of them. Did they test for rocky mountain spotted fever an hantava viruses as well bam bam?

Sunshine December 19, 2013 at 10:20 am

A week or so ago, someone provided a link to something called “nano domestic quell”. Supposedly, it was later revealed to be an elaborate hoax by someone named Justin Tribble. The weird thing is that it was described as an unexplained, flu-like virus that would kill someone within 10 days or so, if the switch was flipped for that particular individual. Now I’m seriously wondering if the Justin Tribble part was the hoax, and the NDQ part was the truth. Sad when you can’t trust your government.

Bam Bam December 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm
Bam Bam December 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Quote from Montgomery County Medical Director, Dr. Mark Escott:

“We don’t currently have a diagnosis for what has caused those illnesses. Other health departments will need to be looking for cases like this to make sure that we haven’t missed cases.”

“Eight serious cases at a local hospital that developed with influenza-like symptoms that developed serious complications, including death for four of those eight patients. The big worry about a situation like this is, ‘Could this be a novel flu of some sort?’” Escott explained.

“It could certainly be lots of other viruses or other diseases but that is the big concern.”

rjarena December 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

this illness stuff scares the cr@p out of me I must say, very little I can do now, as to the Yellowstone super volcano, I think most of us are toast when it goes, and not a lot of prep time, there is the actual explosion damage, the earth quakes, the ash, and the “nuclear” winter effect, it will be fire than ice, global warming after the destruction would be welcome!
As to the cops issue, I don’t know I have known good and bad, helpful and power-crazed law enforcement officers my whole life, you never know if you are going to be being assisted or harassed. I do know that in certain areas you are going to be screwed, look at the Boston marathon bombing, that totally illegal house to house search, and the sheeple complied. I do not think that would fly where I live.

M.D. Creekmore December 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

rjarena,

We are holding on by a string and it’s about to break…

PGCPrepper December 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Nahh, we good. Podesta is back to advise the POTUS and it’s all puppies and unicorns…although he immediately called the Tea Party a cult similar to the Jonestown cult (hat tip Drudge). New tone slip I reckon.

http://photos.rollcall.com/post/70399210616/what-happens-to-a-dream-deferred-word-spread

Nebraska Woman December 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm

I agree. After all. Barbara WaWa just came on TV last night and said how disappointed she was in the Messiah (TDL). But you know he is a victim.
So what can possibly be be wrong when Barbara says this?

worrisome December 19, 2013 at 1:07 am

This one makes about as much sense as Oprah and her idiotic comment on “white people in the south just havta die………” We give these people way too much power……….and they are becoming ever so much more dangerous in all honesty.

Draq wraith December 19, 2013 at 4:57 am

When mt St Helen’s blew it sent ash clouds that could be seen by me in Muncie Indiana. It was faint but there. If a super erruptoon happens it will bot mater where you are you will see what the Indians wrote on the cave walls showing their impending doom if they didn’t move out of harms way.
A super eruption would e enough to make the us food production halt

Bam Bam December 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Draq wraith,

Google “year without a summer”–a volcanic eruption caused it to snow on the east coast as far down as Virginia and North Carolina in June, July and August. People died because the crops failed.

ladyhawthorne December 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

1. I think I’m glad I no longer live in Montgomery Co, TX!

Papabear December 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

1 – When there was time to go hunting I’d be in the forest in Montgomery Co. Glad there hasn’t been time.

bctruck December 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Concerning the rogue cops. I live in a small town of about 1000 or so people. in 2008, the state police arrested our chief of police because he had been caught red handed extorting money from people he pulled over. He would write tickets,demand they pay him in cash and the town would never see the money. He was a horrific nightmare of a human, and the person on earth you would want to be a cop. He was found guilty to many counts of extortion,bribery and threatening people who wouldnt cooperate in his efforts to get even more cash from the folks he terrorized. Og course, he got a slap on the wrist amounting to a promise that he never be a police officer again and be a nice boy from now on. this man was in his 60,s and had been a cop all his life,so God only knows how many innocent people went to jail,prison,or payyed fines due to his dishonest soul demonic soul. he was also caught up in scandal involving meeting ateenage (underage) girl and driving her around in his cop car late at night, he was caught in his car with her partially undressed and they didnt fire him or have him arrested for carnal knowledge of a minor, nothing . it took the state getting involved for this man to be taken out of law enforcement. flash forward a few years and we have a new cop that was fired from another town for enforcing the law in a racist fashion (writing tickets to black folks and letting white folks off) and using racially laced profanity when dealing with black folks. Our town hired him knowing his past and the BS started in our town. i met him on a few occasions and i can tell you first hand he didnt waste a moment telling me what he thought about people who arent white. Ohhhhh,,,, if he only knew the smorgasboard of ethnicities that im made from. ill include a link to the news story about this man. i couldnt find a thing on the outcome of the story on the chief (william fish). I Effing hate cops. Ive never met one that wasnt an ego freak or a social miscreant like the two that have blessed my small town.,,,,,,,, but i mean that in a kind and loving way ;)

bctruck December 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm
bctruck December 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm

just googling around,i found this cop had been fired from not one,but two other poice departments for the same kind of behaviour.this affirms the claim ive always made that dirtbag cops just float from dept to dept as they are found out or caught. the two other depts he was dismissed from are haughton La and hodgeLa,now our town of sibley. i promise you he is somewhere near here working as a cop.

worrisome December 19, 2013 at 1:05 am

This same crap goes on with bad teachers, ministers and priests as well. They get in trouble somewhere, just move em. Powerful unions are part of it, the rest is just big organizations that think “giving some a fresh start” is the answer, when truly it is just moving the misery around and exposing more people to it.

Nebraska Woman December 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Bet their pensions are still being paid.

Ron December 18, 2013 at 8:34 pm

The real evil is in the people who knowingly hired them.

NANN! December 19, 2013 at 11:49 am

Strange, but we had a trooper here with the same name as your chief. Alot of people he pulled over just happened to have a bag of weed laying in plain sight on the back seat of their car.

Bev Roehrborn December 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

that so-called flu is some scary thing—-Alex Jones lost a cousin to it and the cousin’s dad is quite sick in the hospital –hopefully he’ll recover–nothing yet as far as I know here in WI. but good idea to avoid areas with lots of people—anyone hear any new news or info please share!!

Bam Bam December 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

The Montgomery County Health Department has just released this press release.

Quote:

12/18/2013
UPDATE: INFLUENZA LIKE ILLNESS ARISES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

As of Wednesday afternoon, there has been one confirmed case of H1N1 virus. Of the eight reported cases, four patients have deceased. Of the remaining four cases in an area hospital, one case has tested positive for the H1N1 virus. Two of the patients tested negative for all flu viruses. Montgomery County Public Health District is awaiting test results for the remaining patient. The 2013 Influenza vaccine does protect against the H1N1 virus. At this time no known deaths received the vaccine.

Based on CDC data, the H1N1 virus is nationally on the rise. It can reasonably be expected that the occurrence of more H1N1 cases will be reported. Public Health Officials will continue to monitor the situation diligently and will provide more information as it is received.

The Montgomery County Public Health District is grateful for Conroe Regional Hospital’s astute physicians who recognized the unusual nature of the illness and began the appropriate testing to reach a diagnosis.

Montgomery County Public Health District has been in discussion with the Texas Department of State Health Services along with the CDC to coordinate investigation efforts. Despite ongoing investigations, it cannot be emphasized enough that common infection control practices should be followed to prevent the spread of infection. As with common flu strains, some people are more likely to develop flu complications than others. Please reference the CDC’s website, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm, which further explains the high risk population, including children under the age of 5, adults over the age of 65, and people with certain medical conditions.

It is also recommended that you receive your flu shot. Montgomery County Public Health Clinic is offering the vaccination by appointment, while supplies last. Call (936) 523-5020 to set up an appointment. For any other questions or concerns, please contact the Public Health hotline at (936) 523-5050. The line will be staffed Monday thru Friday from 8AM-5PM, it is for non-media inquiries only.

worrisome December 19, 2013 at 12:03 am

Wonder what common factor in this case makes this all men that were infected and died???

Bam Bam December 19, 2013 at 1:18 am

Worrisome,

If this H1N1, we will see quite a few more cases in the coming days. I think it is odd that more information hasn’t been released. H1N1 is the most obvious explanation for patients with flu-like symptoms in Texas and surrounding states. I think it likely that doctors would have started patients on Tamiflu before lab results were back. If doctors waited too long to pull samples, the virus could be undetectable. But that doesn’t make sense. Once the rapid test came back negative, they would go for a viral culture. And this would give a definitive answer in days.

Health officials are examining records to see if there are other cases. And other suspected cases involve women.

worrisome December 19, 2013 at 11:29 am
Bam Bam December 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Worrisome,

Yep, I’ve been keeping an eye on it. I have been waiting for Chinese authorities to release the sequence. It’s kind of amazing that we get more information out of China on the flu than we get out of Texas.

Ron December 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm

The TxDSHS (health agency) released a general flue warning out of the State Operations Center today. It did mention other flu cases around North Texas and the Austin areas.and the use of Tamiflu.

mom of three December 19, 2013 at 12:43 am

Yikes, to all of this how scary. I’ll be glad when school, is out for Christmas break oops I mean winter break. I won’t be out in any crowded malls that is for sure. When my sister’s family comes down from Alaska, they always get some kind of sickness. Just where they live very tiny town they don’t get the illness, that we in the lower 48 are more use too. It’s very sad how corrupt our country, is getting it’s like morals what are morals??

worrisome December 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm
Bam Bam December 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm

And 14 in the area are in critical condition.

Draq wraith December 20, 2013 at 1:15 am

Bam bam did they test them for hantava sp? And rocky mountain spotted fever? The spotted fever sometimes they do not get the spots.

OhioPrepper December 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm

#6. I read a similar article about this subject a while back that is also worth considering: Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere (http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/06/prism_metadata_analysis_paul_revere_identified_by_his_connections_to_other.html)
It’s a brave new world we’re heading into.

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