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Josh Marshall

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A pretty disturbing incident from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

What was purportedly a Halloween display on the front lawn of a residence at Fort Campbell was not surprisingly deemed "offensive in nature" by base officials who requested that the resident remove the display. As you can see in the picture, the display appears to depict an African-American family, with each member being hanged from a tree. The child in the display has a knife in its back.

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Pope Francis Tuesday on the rights of the poor: "If I talk about this, some will think that the pope is communist. They don't understand that love for the poor is at the center of the Gospel. Demanding this isn't unusual, it's the social doctrine of the church."

I want to zoom in on something Chris Christie said yesterday. Because it's such an obvious lie about such an important topic that it deserves attention. As you know, over the weekend Govs. Christie and Cuomo put in place a tough, mandatory quarantine policy which would require all medical workers who'd treated Ebola patients in West Africa to undergo a mandatory 21 day quarantine. (21 days is considered the longest possible incubation period for the disease.)

The whole point of the policy was that it didn't matter if the clinicians were symptomatic when they returned to the US. They were supposed to be isolated so they couldn't infect other people if and when they did become symptomatic, like Dr. Spencer did in New York City.

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Here's a pretty boffo Chris Christie interview this morning, trying to salvage his Ebola quarantine fiasco. It's not surprising that he tries to claim he didn't change the policy. That's standard for pols, particularly ones like Christie. But he actually claims that the nurse was symptomatic for Ebola (not true) and had a temperature (not true). They held on to her for 24 hours and now that she apparently doesn't or no longer has Ebola they're letting her go. Its a tour de force of projectile nonsense, with a high viral load of derp. Watch.

There is a very important and illuminating article about Ebola this morning in Wired. The gist is that the unless we rapidly contain and stamp out Ebola in West Africa the future really is grim - just not for the reasons which have dominated press coverage in the US. Ebola will likely never be a significant threat in the US (or other wealthy, technologically advanced countries). And it is very unlikely that it will mutate into a more effective contagion (like the flu). The real threat is that it will become endemic in West Africa and then migrate to other parts of Africa and then or other parts of the globe like the many global mega-cities with vast slums with poor public health infrastructure where Ebola could take root and become endemic.

In this scenario, it's not always at crisis proportions as it currently is in West Africa but always there percolating at a low level and episodically erupting into major outbreaks at different hot points around the globe.

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