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Survivors of Super Virus Will Dream of Elderly Black Woman

My iron lungHey everybody, the Plague has begun! There's even a guy locked up in the CDC's "respiratory isolation" cell in Atlanta. Oh, and he probably infected two planeloads of passengers flying back and forth to Europe, plus whoever else he came across between Paris and Prague, and then Montreal and New York. Dude's got "a rare and exceptionally dangerous form of tuberculosis."


But don't worry! It's not like this is the first time the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued an "isolation order" for somebody with a deadly bug -- Washington ordered a quarantine for somebody just 44 years ago, when they locked up somebody with smallpox in 1963.

Oh, by the way: If you were on that May 13 Atlanta-Paris flight or the May 24 Prague-Montreal flight, the authorities would like to "talk" to you.

TB Case Brings Warning to Air Passengers [Washington Post]

US isolates traveler infected with super-TB [Reuters]

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It started with them damn hats. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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