The Return of the Black Death

I also found another email from Melanie Jones, when I checked my email. Watchdog.net is concerned about an outbreak of bubonic plague in Madagascar.

Dear David Hoffman,

The bubonic plague once wiped a third of the world’s population — and now, Black Death is sparking one of the worst outbreaks globally in years.

Black Death has already killed 20 villagers after a sudden outbreak in Madagascar, and the Red Cross warns the island nation is at risk of a plague epidemic. Even worse, strains of the disease seem to be spreading, and may even be mutating to populate at lower elevations.

The World Health Organization needs to send help to Madagascar, and to keep this potentially deadly disease from spreading. With antibiotics, bubonic plague is now treatable — but without them, this devastating illness will cause lymph swelling, pustules, gangrene, and an agonizing death.

That’s a fate no one should suffer — and a problem we can’t afford to ignore. Please, join us in calling on WHO to start beating this plague virus back, treating victims and keeping it from spreading!

PETITION TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: Don’t ignore the bubonic plague outbreak in Madagascar. Help the Red Cross keep it from being an epidemic, sending medicine and stopping it from spreading the other nations.

Click here to sign — it just takes a second.

Thanks,
— The folks at Watchdog.net

P.S. If the other links aren’t working for you, please go here to sign: http://act.watchdog.net/petitions/4115?n=59053903.CFWH_H

This is a serious problem and I certainly hope that the World Health Organization is doing everything it can to help the victims in Madagascar and to prevent the spread of this disease. I have no problem with Melanie Jone’s message or petition. I just wonder what good signing this petition is going to do. I doubt that the World Health Organization is going to pay any attention to an online petition. I imagine that the WHO is already doing what it can with the resources at its disposal. If they are not, no petition is going to make the people in charge change their minds.

This is why I don’t usually sign online petitions. I think that online petitions are just a way for people to think they are making a difference without actually doing anything to make a difference. Clicking like buttons on Facebook or signing petitions is actually worse than useless because it leads to a sense of complacency that might discourage any real effort to help resolve the problem. There is little or nothing I can do about the bubonic plague in Madagascar and I am not going to delude myself into thinking that typing my name while sitting on my butt is actually doing something.

 

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Factivists

First, there was Attackwatch, then the Truth Team, and now there are the Factivists, the latest attempt by the Democrats to get the truth out about the good job President Obama is doing and helping us rebut attacks from those awful, shady Republicans. I just learned about the Factivists today when I checked my email.

Friend —

Think back to 2012 for a minute.

Thanks to supporters like you, we made sure that Americans knew everything there was to know about Mitt Romney before Election Day (well, almost everything — still waiting for the rest of those tax returns). Lately, we’ve been helping to introduce the next generation of Republican leaders, like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Chris Christie, to the rest of the country.

And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from doing all this, it’s that we’re really damn good at it.

But here’s the thing: Republicans are tired of getting beat by us. So they have shady Super PACs and outside groups — the ones with anonymous donors and no accountability — run wild to attack Democrats. And when the President and Democratic leaders are under attack, so is everything that you and I stand for.

That’s unacceptable, so we’re going to push back with our two strongest weapons: The truth, and you. That’s why we’re launching the Factivists program — our new grassroots rapid response team — and we need you to say you’ll be a part of it.

As a Factivist, you’ll get exclusive updates with everything you need to share the facts with your friends and neighbors. With your help, we’ll keep holding Republicans accountable for what they say and do, and we’ll get out the facts when they attack Democrats.

Because at the end of the day, that’s how we win.

Become a Factivist today, and get ready to fight back:

http://my.democrats.org/Join-the-Factivists

Thanks, and I’ll see you in the trenches,

Mo

Mo Elleithee
Communications Director
Democratic National Committee

P.S. — I made a quick video to introduce the Factivists to our party’s leaders at our Winter Meeting. Check it out, then join us.

I have to wonder why they keep changing the name of the group they create to spread their talking points. It seems that as soon as people begin to make fun of the latest organization, they remake it and change the name. No matter what name they go by, this permanent campaign seems a little off putting.

 

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