The Mayans predicted that the world would end on June 21st, 2012 (later changed to December 21st, 2012) which didn’t happen. But historians and experts have warned that some of Nostradamus’ apocalyptic predictions such as plagues were very common during his time.
A lot of social media users have taken to Twitter to share their reactions to the apocalyptic theories going on the internet. Daniel Brenner, a politics professor at Tufts University, once wrote about what would happen if zombies rose from the dead and began to eat the living.
By the time these bureaucracies adapted to new zombie exigencies, they would face political hurdles that could hamper their performance. On the one hand, it now seems clear that the CDC overestimated the ability of U.S. hospitals to follow Ebola protocols, and that this initial assumption contributed to at least two health-care workers contracting the virus.
We have already learned, for instance, that in the case of a serious public-health crisis, our public officials will have a tendency to express vast overconfidence while relying on plans and procedures that demand an unrealistic level of competence from an enormous number of people in a wide variety of circumstances. Moving a new Ebola patient to a hospital with more isolation wards and greater experience handling infectious diseases, for example, demonstrates some organizational learning.
So it’s now a race between government agencies moving down the learning curve in handling Ebola and the public and political hysteria about the existence of the disease in the Western Hemisphere. By Daniel W. Brenner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a regular contributor to PostEverything.
On Thursday, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations held an emergency hearing on the Ebola crisis. That makes one less thing for me to worry about and gather a lot of frightening misinformation on.
Broadly speaking, the stories about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has claimed more than 900 lives fall into two categories: compassionate concern at this humanitarian crisis and wild-eyed terror about threats to the United States from people who think this might be the End Times. “Am I the only one who thinks this Ebola virus thing sounds a little TOO similar to the beginning of a zombie apocalypse movie?” tweeted @kristenjadeQ.
“I'm calling it right now that the Ebola outbreak is how the zombie apocalypse will start,” concurred I_The_King_. Thursday’s House subcommittee hearing touched on similar themes.
But “we have to stop it at the source in Africa.” Ebola is just “one of several viral hemorrhagic fevers,” but it is “most feared … in part because it had a movie made about it.” From his testimony, the panel learned that Ebola has an incubation period of eight to 10 days, up to 21, and that it cannot be transmitted through water or food.
In the meantime, avoid contact with bush meat and bats, which might help spread the virus. (The idea that bats contain Ebola is like telling me that spiders contain drowning, or that if I climb to a very great height I’ll be forced to deliver a speech in public.
He wanted dates of all the diplomatic cables so that he could know in case anyone had dropped the ball. “I’d like to know when the cables were sent … how high in the State Department were the concerns raised, at what level and at what time.”‘ He also wanted to know “what other donor nations have gotten involved” and “what exactly are they doing” so that they could be held accountable as well.
“How accurate is the data?” asked Smith who also doubled down on the idea to have the FDA maybe “re-look at that” where drugs were concerned. “I don’t mean to be dramatic, but it has an atmosphere of ‘ Apocalypse Now’ in it,” said Isaacs, of the situation in Liberia.
“ Ebola is out of control in West Africa, and we are starting to see panic now, around the world,” Isaacs went on. “I don’t know about you folks, I look at the Drudge Report, they drive a lot of panic.
Although I know that this is not highly contagious, I will be hiding somewhere away from all human contact, swathed in an unflattering plastic biohazard suit, until someone convinces me that it is safe. Most of us believe that the idea of zombies should be confined to the horror section of our preferred movie providers.
In them, he discovered details of a genuine US military plan to combat a zombie outbreak. Peter Cummings, a scientist from Boston University, states that several diseases and conditions already exist that could cause someone to be viewed as a zombie.
According to Cummings, the key to understanding the potential for these conditions to produce zombie traits was to examine the shutdown of the frontal lobe of the brain. He claimed that this resets the mind to its primal survival instincts, which is a zombielike state.
However, any “stimulation” from another person during this time made these patients “go berserk.” For what it’s worth, Cummings works in an advisory capacity for the Zombie Research Society, “an organization dedicated to the historic, cultural, and scientific study of the living dead.” When thinking of zombies, most people conjure up images of the dead rising from their graves.
She stated that the rising dead was an unlikely scenario, but the mutation of a virus similar to rabies wasn’t. Furthermore, she warned that this mutated strain could spread around the world and cause a condition almost identical to the typical view of a zombie.
For example, what if an individual or a group of people take it upon themselves to create a mutation of such a virus for the so-called “greater good” of the planet? With the slave trade, these traditions and practices made the journey to many parts of the Americas.
In recent times, Haiti has become one of the epicenters of modern cases of “zombies.” In fact, the notion of voodoo permeates the mindset of the population. Without a doubt, one of the most controversial claims of real-life zombies came from Wade Davis of Harvard University.
Even more intriguing was Davis’s claims that criminals were turned into zombies in antiquity to stop their wayward behavior. Ultimately, he stated that creating zombies was achieved through a mixture of secret natural toxins.
Other believed that such discoveries, if true, would be of great interest to secret military projects. Researcher Zora Neal Huston has performed some of the most exhaustive studies of zombies in Haiti.
Almost half a century before Davis, Huston claimed that “people have been called back from the dead.” Supposedly, she had also witnessed real “zombies in Haiti.” In one intriguing account, Huston tells of being invited to study hoodoo rituals up close.
A hoodoo priest gave permission for the unique opportunity, and Huston eventually performed several rituals herself. However, the account in her 1938 book, Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica, really grabbed people’s attention.
‘ Zombie Parasite Takes Over Insects Through Mind Control | National Geographic The main worry is that these natural methods will be replicated in a science lab and used against the general population.
For example, many natural zombies are created when a parasite enters the nervous system of an animal through the food chain. This is most often an effort to bring the animal out into the open and in full view of its natural predators.
Stephen Kane, an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside, certainly has a unique theory as to why aliens have not visited Earth. In 2014, he claimed that space travel in the past had left such astronauts stranded as zombies on an unknown planet.
When we view the idea of zombies in those terms, the prospect doesn’t appear so laughable regardless of how unlikely it is to happen. Some researchers insist that the intelligence world is seeking to turn people into zombies through the use of drugs and mind control.