Consider for a second what happens behind the scenes. We've seen the coverage of what has happened at the hospital in Dallas, where (at least) two staffers trained in how to avoid catching Ebola have now come down with it. In theory, these should be the people least likely to catch it - they have proper gear, are in an enclosed, controlled area, and have the CDC instructing them on procedure.
What about the "village" of folks that have dealt with the virus in Dallas, that don't have the same benefits as the hospital workers? The folks that remove the medical waste, scrubbed Duncan's apartment, transport the hazardous materials, etc. This piece in USA Today is a great testament how regular folks in Dallas rallied to help fill in gaps, and pitch in to solve some problems. It's the USA at its best - "can-do" attitudes, getting the job done, and being good neighbors.
But it also shows how quickly something like Ebola can spread, even in a Country where there is "no viable threat" of it spreading.
If hospitals workers, properly outfitted and trained have contracted the virus, what are the chances that the guy scrubbing an affected apartment could catch it? Could one of the barrels not have been completely cleaned on the outside? What is one of the barrels shifted during transport, and the lid opened slightly?
The TV show Scrubs offers a few illustrations:
It's the exponential factor at work that makes me nervous. One becomes two, two becomes four, four becomes several dozen in short order. Factor in how mobile our society is today, and how a single infected person can easily interact with others, and those "green hands" in the Scrubs scenes begin to play out and multiply.
Hopefully, Ebola is contained, and there will be no more cases here in the States, and those affected continue to improve, and survive.
In the meantime, wash your hands more frequently than usual.
The series finale of Breaking Badwas on tonight, and the fetching Mrs. P and I both loved it. We felt it was perfect in tying up the remaining lose ends without being "too Hollywood", and wouldn't have changed a thing. It was a great show, we looked forward to Sunday nights in ABQ, and will miss the characters and storylines.
Season 5 of Breaking Bad opened a few months back with a look one year into the future. We see Walter White, head full of hair (or perhaps a wig?) enjoying a free breakfast meal at Denny's, before going out to a car, and seeing a large rifle in the trunk. Last night's episode showed Future Walt going back to his home (now abandoned), and retrieving a capsule of ricin from its hiding place behind a switch cover.
Lost in the shuffle of the Hank-Walt fight , and then Walt issuing the "tread lightly" threat at the end of the episode, was the beginning of the episode, and the beginning of the season: Who is Walt coming back for?
Clearly, the family is gone from ABQ. House is empty, appears to have been that way fro some time, so it can't be them.
Perhaps it is Jesse? He sure is despondent in the last few episodes, last night showed him driving around the 'hood, tossing stacks of cash wherever they may land. My guess is that he winds up either ODing, or takes his own life before the show ends.
Saul? He is the only one that truly knows "all", that is still alive. Could he be a lose end that Walt is coming to tidy up?
Maybe it's Lydia, the gal from Madrigal. She worked out a Czech pipeline for Walt's meth (which we have learned last night has some quality issues). Maybe she is threatening to expose him, unless he comes out of retirement to "fix" the cook.
Could it be Todd? I'm assuming he is now the master "chef", now that Walt has quit the business. His lack of attention to detail (see quality issues above) has caused the quality of the cyrstal to drop significantly. Walt has always been especially proud of his "brand". Maybe he's coming to take back control of his empire?
In talking about Benghazi, the interviewer, Chris Wallace, is trying to extract a specific fact about the events, a fact that has not yet come out and that Pfeiffer might know. Pfeiffer blows out a tirade of truly irrelevant verbiage to distract us from the question asked, including the notion that the fact isn't important. Who cares where the physical body of Obama was as long as he was "in touch"? Well, some people would like to know, so tell us the fact and let us decide what use to make of it. To withhold the fact — on the ground that, in your opinion, we don't need it — is to make us think it would be damaging. We're likely to think Obama went golfing or something like that. Otherwise, why not just cough up the irrelevant fact? It must be relevant, we think, at least for political purposes, or Pfeiffer wouldn't strain so hard to suppress it. (He does claim at one point that he doesn't remember where Obama was.)
Can't wait for the second half of the final season of Breaking Bad to begin. The fetching Mrs. P and I have gone back and re-watched the series from the beginning over the last few weeks, remembering things we had forgotten had happened, and to get us fired up for the big ending. To whet the appetite of fans out there, I offer up this little gem: