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The Black Death Is Back...?!

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Not since the Middle Ages has the bubonic plagues taken so many lives in a year. Having wiped out 25 million people in Europe, appearances of the Black Death since have been rare but the Red Cross is reporting a new outbreak has killed more than 20 people on the island of Madagascar. Living standards in the nation have collapsed since 2009 (what else happened in 2009?) and the prevalence of rats has helped spread the disease easily. While China claims to have the bird flu under control (despite some rumors out of Hong Kong), the Red Cross warns there is a risk of a Black Death epidemic.


Via BBC,

A village in Madagascar has been hit by a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague, medical experts on the island have confirmed.


Test were carried out after at least 20 people in the village, near the north-western town of Mandritsara, were reported to have died last week.


The International Committee of the Red Cross warned in October that Madagascar was at risk of a plague epidemic.


The disease is transmitted to humans via fleas, usually from rats.




Bubonic plague, known as the Black Death when it killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages, is now rare.




The prevalence of rats in Madagascar's prisons means the plague can spread easily.


The Pasteur Institute said there were concerns that the disease could spread to towns and cities where living standards have declined since a coup in 2009 and the ensuing political crisis.


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Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:32 | 4238175 jomama
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good.  this planet could use a good culling.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:41 | 4238216 SafelyGraze
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we are shocked -- Shocked -- by this news


Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:44 | 4238225 Pure Evil
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Maybe we could import a few of the Madagascar rats to come over and do the job our rats won't do.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:49 | 4238238 krispkritter
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 'do the job our rats won't do'  Are you referring to Congress?  I think they're doing a good job of killing off the US already...

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:55 | 4238267 knukles
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"No animals were harmed in the production of this Plague"

Least the PETA folks are happy....
Hey, can we get a selfie of the sick and dying?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:09 | 4238307 nmewn
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So...I can't pencil you in for a modest donation of a hundred bucks to the Red Cross in this, charitable, holiday season?

Your kind donation could be the difference in those twenty deaths in Madagascar only being nineteen next year ;-)

(Administrative costs)

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:16 | 4238324 Pure Evil
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I already gave 500 million during the Haiti earthquake which somehow magically disappeared.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:35 | 4238361 nmewn
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Magically disappeared?

"What does it matter now?"

"If we can save just one it will have been worth it!"

"Do it for the children."

All the garbage gets thrown in a pile to compost doesn't it? ;-)

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:43 | 4238382 kaiserhoff
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No shit, and it some places it's another tax.

I've seen people run out of Dodge for not contributing enough to United Way or whatever, so the big cheese can look like a player to some old society bag.  What a sick joke.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:57 | 4238423 nmewn
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When I was young & dumb, I actually got sucked into the United Way theft ring. Then I discovered only one dime of every dollar got to where it was supposed to go.

A very valuable lesson in charity for one so young ;-)

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:50 | 4238240 General Decline
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Not by bullets or bombs but by little creatures we cannot even see.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:00 | 4238577 Popo
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Sorry, but this is a bullshit story.

Yes, there is a very very real threat of a new superbug epidemic.

Yes, there is a very very real threat of a viral mutation (like bird flu) causing an epidemic.

No, bubonic plague does not pose a contemporary threat.

1) It is *easily* treatable by hundreds of antibiotics from different classes.
2) It is a slow-killer and only in remote areas with zero access to even cheap medicine is it a threat.
3) There is zero evidence of antibiotic resistance representing a threat. Even penicillin is still effective.

Nice try ZH. It's good fear mongering and makes for a good yarn, but Mr. Science seems to be pointing at you and laughing.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 01:17 | 4238821 mirac
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no, your ignorant of the situation.  Black Plague struck during the Dark Ages killing millions.  So what caused the dark ages?  You know?  You don't know...most people don't.  Try cometary bombardment carrying foreign microbes.  It is impossible scientifically to spread any disease by rats over that large a geographic area as science claims.  Hell, today's  mutant MRSA and C Difficile strains cannot be stopped by conventional medicine, let alone the Black Plague.  Two thirds of bubonic plague victims die within 4 days and that is not necessarily the Black plague-that is speculation.  Things that may help if a widespread Black Plague occurs

Colloidial Silver (ASAP brand preferred), Wild Oregano Oil, Liposomal vitamin C, Liposomal curcummin and Black seed oil to name a few.  The rocks are incoming now-research it. Your life may depend. on it. 

Way too many smart ass comments from ZH participants while the situation is getting horrendously bad?  Live in the USA?  Still own a home with a mortgage?   Not good...

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 01:58 | 4238856 Peak Finance
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Wow this:

Try cometary bombardment carrying foreign microbes.  It is impossible scientifically to spread any disease by rats over that large a geographic area as science claims. 

Sounds kind of nutty actually. I will happily eat my words if you can provide some peer-reviewed refernces on this, I woud love to see the references!

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 05:06 | 4238969 Popo
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LOL.  And you call me ignorant?

First off:  " So what caused the dark ages? " ... It was not called "the Dark Ages" specifically because of the plague.  The name referred to a period of economic collapse, wars, famine and political instability following the fall of Rome and prior to the Renaissance.    Panspermia did not cause the Dark Ages. 

Secondly:  "your ignorant of the situation" is not a sentence.   "Your" (capitalization mine) is a possessive particle.

Thirdly:  The black death was spread from India via sailing ships.  And spread around Europe by people -- specifically merchants and traders.   Only at a local level were rats carriers.

Fourth:  Wild oregano oil?   Vitamin C?   You are a very primitive person.   it's an invasive bacteria.  It is cured by (and only by) antibiotics.   The cure is extremely simple and the reason we don't have plague epidemics in the modern world is due entirely to antibiotics and nothing else.  Your home remedies which literally date back to the middle ages can be conclusively proven *not* to work.

What situation is "getting horrendously bad".  The plauge??   Just out of curiosity are you currently stoned out of your mind?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 13:48 | 4240232 Miffed Microbio...
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The reason we don't have plague epidemics is primarily due to improving SANITATION not antibiotics. Antibiotics only deal with infected people, not prevention. Antibiotics are rapidly becoming worthless. If you have put your trust only in them your are foolish. You have been warned.


Thu, 12/12/2013 - 05:11 | 4238975 Popo
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LOL.  And you call me ignorant?

First off:  " So what caused the dark ages? " ... It was not called "the Dark Ages" specifically because of the plague.  The name referred to a period of economic collapse, wars, famine and political instability in Europe in the wake of the fall of Rome and prior to the Renaissance.    Panspermia did not cause the Dark Ages.    Panspermia also didn't bring the plauge to Earth -- as the DNA was sequenced in 1998 and it its evolutionary characteristics carefully studied.  The plauge has a long history among human kind dating back thousands of years.   It was the rise of the sea-borne trade to the far-East which brought the disease West, to a defenseless population which lacked genetic resistance.

Secondly:  "your ignorant of the situation" is not a sentence.   "Your" (capitalization mine) is a possessive particle.

Thirdly:  The black death was spread from India via sailing ships.  And spread around Europe by people -- specifically merchants and traders.   Only at a local level were rats carriers.

Fourth:  Wild oregano oil?   Vitamin C?   You are a very primitive person.   it's an invasive bacteria.  It is cured by (and only by) antibiotics.   The cure is extremely simple and the reason we don't have plague epidemics in the modern world is due entirely to antibiotics and nothing else.  Your home remedies which literally date back to the middle ages can be conclusively proven *not* to work.

What situation is "getting horrendously bad".  The plauge??   Just out of curiosity are you currently stoned out of your mind?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 06:46 | 4239025 Headbanger
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Another WANKER!!  

WTF is going on with all these whackos showing up here like BLOTTO and the other psycho-babble-bullshit party members??

Too funny..  But these are average sheeple who believe this shit!

And I so hope the "rocks are incoming" and one of them obliterates you into a pink cloud to spare you the indignity of dying

from the Andromeda Strain you mook!

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 01:59 | 4238857 Things that go bump
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Antibiotic-resistant strains have been isolated in Madagascar. For the bubonic form of plague the mortatity rate with treatment is still 5% to 15%. Untreated it is 40% to 70%, possibly as high as 90%. The plague can go airborne in its pneumonic form, no longer requiring the insect vector or the rodent reservoir, spreading from person to person through respiratory droplets, much the way a cold is spread and the efficacy of antibiotics is limited unless treatment is started within 20 hours of symptom onset. Even with treatment, the mortality rate for the pneumonic form is 50% (due to the limited window of opportunity for effective treatment). Untreated, the mortality rate for the pneumonic form of plague approaches 100%. These figures are easily obtainable on the internet. 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:55 | 4238261 kaiserhoff
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My kind of globalization.

When Hygiene matters most.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:55 | 4238257 knukles
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SG, wondrous insights into Gates
I keep telling people to find his TED speech on YouTube (it's there) of some years ago dealing with population control, vaccines, etc.
And he and some of his PTB buds have even done some so far in Africa.


Nice to not be alone in the recognition... even here there are deniers.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:57 | 4238265 Pure Evil
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And, lets not forget Inida where his foundation is funding the sterlization of women.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:58 | 4238276 knukles
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Just real time, right in yer face, undeniable hard factual evidence of the agendas of the PTB....

And so many just ignore iot with "Oh, they wouldn't do that!" comments and look at'cha like you're a fucking Conspiracy Theorist, tin foil hatter who they think voted for Ron Paul.


Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:46 | 4238396 Ocean22
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Entity's are actively planning population control on many fronts.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:58 | 4238271 kaiserhoff
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Hey knucks,  Bill Gates, his holier than thou wife, and Warren Buffet are gonna cure disease in Africa,

  and walk on water and shit.

  Got popcorn?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:05 | 4238291 knukles
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Oh yeah, Kaiser... The actual multiple events to which I am referring each involved an NGO or governmental mass inoculation for something or other that sounded reasonable, holy, good and healthy.
But it turns out that the vaccines (like for polio or somethin') were "tainted" by "mistake" in "error" which nobody can account for or assume any responsibility, by laboratory manufactured chemicals known to render females sterile.
They were doped without their knowledge.

Now, I'll agree with many that population is a problem, but this is just too Orwellian, NWO, etc., for my liking.

Fact, I'd suggest, evil.
Biblically Evil

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 12:52 | 4239918 Rafferty
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Well if Gates is trying to control the African population he gets my vote.

What's not to like?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 22:44 | 4238549 DanDaley
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Yes, and 2 of the strains of Y. Pestis on Madigascar are multiple-antibiotic resistant (  Makes you wonder.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:42 | 4238223 AngelEyes00
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The mistake they made in the middle ages was killing the rats, which sent the hostless parasite fleas on to people where they bit them and the people got sick from bacterium from the fleas guts.

So be nice to the rats.  Feed them, play with them, enjoy their company because those hosts are what stands between you and the black plague.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:51 | 4238245 SolidSnake961
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quarantine the island, don't let anyone in or out!!!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:53 | 4238255 Matt
Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:55 | 4238792 earnyermoney
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I'd ship the Bernak to Madigascar in a NY minute.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 02:29 | 4238879 Matt
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Once upon a time, someone considered shipping all of a race of people to Madagascar as a not-quite last solution.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:50 | 4238250 papaswamp
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Agreed...humans have exceeded the holding capacity for the planet. Heck technology keep replacing workers...we need far fewer people now than previous.


People do not like reality.....

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 01:06 | 4238812 Dantzler
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I've got to call bullshit on the sensational clickbait headline, Tylers.

Yersinia pestis never went away. When I was in Boulder 20 years ago it was well known that the groundhog population there was a resevoir. Don't kiss groundhogs, people!

We should be far more worried about drug resistant tuberculosis.

But hey, anything for a few clicks on a slow news day...

I do miss Marla's pithy articles and evening sets.




Thu, 12/12/2013 - 07:20 | 4239042 monkeyboy
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Black Death would be an apt description for 'that' look Mrs Obama gave to Obama & the Danish PM for their 'inappropriate & indiscreet' selfie photo op.


Thu, 12/12/2013 - 12:47 | 4239889 Rafferty
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Quick.  Give the poor dears sanctuary in the West.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:35 | 4238188 algol_dog
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Tyler really diggin deep here ...

What happens when all the bad news runs out?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:38 | 4238207 clawsthatscratch
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Theres always the Onion


Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:44 | 4238231 Pure Evil
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Between Wall Street, the District of Criminals, the Federal Reserve, and Obamacare, we'll all be in stitches for decades.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 22:53 | 4238563 TheFourthStooge-ing
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You gotta admit that it was pretty funny of Tyler to use a picture of Timmah Geithner with this article's entry on the main page.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:55 | 4238259 papaswamp
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...meh always good to keep an eye on Ma nature. She can decide to exterminate most life on the planet if she chooses...has done it many times before. The Bubonic plague is rather tame compared to other events.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:13 | 4238319 Serenity Now
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Switch on over to GLP.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 22:22 | 4238497 Notarocketscientist
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I dunno - global economic financial collapse?

Uh - people chopping down forests to keep warm?

Starvation on an unheard of scale because the fracking bubble will burst because nobody will have money to pay for energy - which will mean exploration ends - which will mean no crops are grown because they require petroleum based fertilizers and pesticides?


The end of the world as we know it?

A mass culling of billions of humans?

The mass wiping out of every animal (including dogs) as starving people eat anything that moves?

etc etc etc


Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:35 | 4238194 IridiumRebel
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Reason #4698 I moved out of the "Big City". 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:37 | 4238198 LetThemEatRand
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The Black Death will seem like child's play if some of the dire predictions of widespread antibiotic immune bacteria come to pass.  There are a lot more of us now and at least back then people were kind of used to the idea of dying young from what are now easily treatable diseases.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:40 | 4238211 Josh Randall
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No Worries, IBM has an app for that:

IBM Research and Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Convert Recycled Plastics into Disease Fighting Nanofibers


Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:40 | 4238215 FredFlintstone
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Or some kind of bird flu or a SARS like virus pandemic. Could make getting to work easier.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 22:16 | 4238479 mbarido
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Simple answer - colloidal silver (CS).  Bacteria does not become resistant to it!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:37 | 4238202 krispkritter
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Black Death?  Referring to Barry and the US? 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:39 | 4238210 LetThemEatRand
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Is he black?  Hadn't heard.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:45 | 4238220 krispkritter
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One of us is 1/2, nevermind.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:07 | 4238304 knukles
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Pot callin' the kettle black there, Krisp?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:48 | 4238239 JustObserving
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Obama almost started a war with Syria based on lies.  Seymour Hersh reported it but no media would report it in the land of the free:

US media blacks out Seymour Hersh exposé of Washington’s lies on sarin attack in Syria

By Barry Grey 
11 December 2013


The American media has blacked out an account by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh demonstrating that President Barack Obama and the US government lied when they claimed to have proof that the Syrian government carried out a sarin gas attack last August on areas near Damascus held by US-backed “rebels.”

Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and other top officials declared categorically that the August 21 attack on Eastern Ghouta, which reportedly killed hundreds of people, had been carried out by the Syrian military. They, along with the leaders of Britain and France, sought to use the gas attack to stampede public opinion behind their plans to attack Syria, cripple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, and install a puppet government.

Even more damning, Hersh documents that Obama and other top officials deliberately ignored and concealed a series of military and intelligence reports over the preceding months warning that Al Qaeda-affiliated jihadist groups that formed the backbone of imperialist proxy forces in Syria, including the al-Nusra Front, had access to sarin and the ability to weaponize it.


Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:52 | 4238253 RiverRoad
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It was actually enjoyable watching Putin pull the rug out from under Obama on that one.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:42 | 4238209 RiverRoad
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Eirther war, famine, or pestilence will address the world's overpopulation problem which no one will admit to presently.  One example:  There are simply too many people for the available number of jobs out there.  As Malthus pointed out, this situation has occurred repeatedly in human history and Soylent Green remedies notwithstanding, it will continue to do so.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:40 | 4238212 One And Only
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Quick! Send them to America where all the liberals want porous borders, grant them amnesty and have them sign up for Obamacare!


Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:50 | 4238246 greatbeard
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>> all the liberals want porous borders,

Yeah, I long for the days of secure borders under Bush.



Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:51 | 4238252 FreedomGuy
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What killed more people, the plague or autocratic socialism? Which one is considered the most dangerous?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:55 | 4238262 Matt
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As a percentage of population, plague. Even Stalin didn't wipe out 33% of his own people.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:33 | 4238648 hoos bin pharteen
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But the Khmer Rouge did...

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 20:09 | 4241624 FreedomGuy
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Correct. You can also take defensive measures against the plague. It does not come looking for you.

I submit the obvious analogy that autocratic collectivism is a plagu

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:53 | 4238256 Seasmoke
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So even Death is a racist !!!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:53 | 4238260 tmosley
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Good GOD why does ZH suck so much ass lately?  EHRMUGURD, 20 PPL DIED UN UFRICA? OMFG!

Plague is so easily treatable it is less deadly than the fucking common cold.  Fuck off with this shit.  There are far more important things to talk about.

Clickmongering at its very worst.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:13 | 4238315 akak
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I agree.

The increasingly overt sensationalism here is disappointing.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 22:01 | 4238435 MrSteve
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If it is so easily treatable and less deadly than the common cold; why did 20 people die?

Your own statement is refuted by reported facts (which you obviously dislike). The sensational thing about plague is when it jumps phase to pneumonic plague, flea gut bugs that spread to a victim's lungs through their blood or lymph system. Their breath then becomes "deadly flea bites" to anyone nearby who breathes air in the same room, tent or ambulance. Human breath is now deadly. So you might invest in surgical masks if you're in the affected area.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 22:09 | 4238463 akak
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Human breath is now deadly.

Oh, so you've met John McCain and Barney Frank then?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 22:21 | 4238490 Argos
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Bubonic plague is easily treated by tetracyline, or chloraphenicol.  Two of the cheapest drugs in the world.  It's not the disease that worries me, it's the breakdown in systems to deliver the cures that worries me.



Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:25 | 4238634 Goldilocks
Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:57 | 4238264 Fíréan
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This blog is gowing down the proverbial sewer, so the activities and dangers therein would undoubtedly be of some concern.

Stick to the economic and finance stuff which you people do best, or use to do best. . . .  please

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 22:46 | 4238286 Goldilocks
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The Black Death - Professor Sir Richard J. Evans FBA (57:32)

The Mystery of The Black Death (45:54)

History's Turning Points - AD 1347 The Black Death (25:08)

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:05 | 4238290 Fix It Again Timmy
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We've been pushing in one direction much too long, something is bound to push back and harshly....

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:10 | 4238310 J S Bach
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"Bring out yer dead!   Bring out yer dead!"

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:33 | 4238359 yogibear
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What happened to Ebola?


Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:50 | 4238403 papaswamp
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Ebola...Too quick a killer. HIV on the otherhand...masterful. Takes years to die (from something else) allows one to spread to multiple people who they themselves have no idea are infected and thus spread it.

1.6 million die a year from HIV related illness with 2.3 newly infected. Biologically is an elegant virus.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 13:09 | 4240010 Reader1
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Most of them are in the turd world, such as Africa, where it is commonly believed sex with virgins cures the HIV.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:55 | 4238417 Chandos
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«What happened to Ebola?»

- I think she was on Maury the other day...

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:52 | 4238405 W74
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Longcat is loooooooooooog.

(you either get that or you don't)

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:57 | 4238422 chistletoe
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sad .... when people THINK they know more than everybody else but what they think they know is incorrect .... the rats were never suspected in the middle ages .... the people killed their cats and dogs, because they were the ones usually brought them the fleas ... so what happened?  There were no longer any predators to kill the rats ....

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 22:37 | 4238537 docinthehouse
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Plague is carried by squirrels in Lake Tahoe !!!

Signs all over.  No big deal. 

Everybody gives you the finger out there.  It is hilarious.  Go Plague Yourself!!!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 22:58 | 4238575 TyrannoSoros Wrecks
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A bunch of aFREAKans dying from their own filth?

Cry me a f'n river.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 02:49 | 4238893 nevket240
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The Black Death was of Asian origin. Anyone who has seen the prolific rat population that exists in Bangkok or other major shitholes will understand where it will again spring from. Only this time it will spread faster in 3rd world countries because of the filth that stems from poor thinking.  Africa is a prime candidate.

from Wikipedia.

The Black Death is thought to have originated in the arid plains of central Asia, where it then travelled along the Silk Road, reaching the Crimea by 1346.[6] From there, it was most likely carried by Oriental rat fleas living on the black rats that were regular passengers on merchant ships. Spreading throughout the Mediterranean and Europe, the Black Death is estimated to have killed 30–60% of Europe's total population.[7] All in all, the plague reduced the world population from an estimated 450 million down to 350–375 million in the 14th century.


Thu, 12/12/2013 - 13:03 | 4239975 Reader1
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Great.  Yet another thing from China we don't need.  When does it end?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 06:30 | 4239020 FreeNewEnergy
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Those of you on this site who pound the overpopulation meme should take a drive out into the country some time. Within 30 minutes from just about anywhere in the US (many an hour in densely populated area, like the Eastern corridor and SOCAL) you'll discover more raw land than you ever thought existed.

The issue with population is how many are crammed into cities. The economic system causes the cramming, so the solution - on an individual basis - is to get out of the economic model to which so many readily submit.

There's plenty of land; sure, lots of it isn't arable, but lots of it is. Not a difficult solution.

BTW: Uruguay legalized pot yesterday; South Carolina is fast-tracking a law that would ban Obamacare statewide, with lots of support. Why doesn't ZH lead with those stories instead of BS about the Black Death half a word away? Click-bait, I suppose, but judging by how ad-infested (it's worse than my site, and I plaster ads everywhere) this site has become, I'd say they're either getting a bit desperate or greedy. (Can't stand the ads that linger at the page bottoms, BTW, or the pop-overs)

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 08:25 | 4239088 Ar-Pharazôn
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lately i noticed more and more articles that apperead on infowars, magically appears on zh


someone making money out of it? like alex jones is doing with infowars?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 13:01 | 4239958 Reader1
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Black Death?!

Oh Noes!

What will we do?  Is there a cure?  How can we stop the march of this terrible disease?  I heard the only thing you can do is put flower petals in your pocket and dance in public.  If you dance enough, it keeps the miasma that causes the illness far away.  it's the miasma of bad gases that knocks your humors out of wack and makes it possible for the posies and the bloody flux to take hold.  Thankfully, there's the Church here to help pray the demons away when Death strides the realm...


OH, and Black Death is racist.  Can't we call it something else?  Perhaps, Hamburger Time, or Soft Kittens?

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