Who needs Ebola when you have the good old American flu?

OK, where exactly is Ebola in Africa?

imrs.phpSo it’s in that sliver of continent in the west. Click to enlarge in case you want to make it bigger and scarier.

Now, how big is Africa in relation to, let’s say, the rest of the world? (click to enlarge).

article-2445615-188A8AA500000578-349_964x681So, just saying, it looks like Ebola is in a very small area. And maybe if someone lives in the eastern, or southern or anywhere else in the continent, the thought that everyone in Africa has Ebola is kind of absurd.

But we Americans, as usual, are in major freak out mode. Remember, according to Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, the terrorist group ISIS is sending Ebola contaminated militants through the Mexican border.

Now, how many people in the United States have died of Ebola? Ever.


And what’s the average number of people in the United States who die of the flu each year?

“Influenza season is something that we’re coming into. Every year, depending on the severity of the flu season, we lose 3,000 to 49,000 individuals to flu-related illness.”

So shouldn’t people like Republican governors Chris Christie in New Jersey and Paul LePage in Maine be losing their shit over the flu and not worrying about nurses who come from Africa with no Ebola symptoms?

Is Ebola out of control?

The first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States was reported today in Texas. Time to pay attention (Via Vox).

And yes, it did not come in through Central American refugee children as your friends at Fox News were fear mongering a few weeks ago. It came from Africa, where it always has been.

If it’s in America that means it’s in other places we don’t know about yet. But for now, here’s your world Ebola map.


The Earth, and its wealth, at night


If it were night everywhere at the same time, this is what the Earth would look like (click to enlarge). But that strange statement doesn’t explain the importance of this view. What this image shows us is a representation of global wealth. As Vox puts it:

What you see is that in rich countries, light is largely a proxy for population density. Observe the thick cluster of the US Northeastern Megalopolis and the even bigger cluster in northwestern Europe. In poorer regions, however, the map represents not just population density but also the actual availability of electrical lighting. Huge swathes of Africa are barely illuminated at night, and densely populated India looks rather dim.

But of course, if it were night everywhere, that would mean the sun would be gone and we’d all be dead. Money can’t fix that.