If Ebola Hammers The Economy, People Rather Die At Home

I usually don’t like to rant on something I have zero clue about.  Nonetheless, Ebola scare is something that I don’t know about but I want to rant on.  I think Ebola scare is real, whether Ebola will become something of the past as new treatments will be made available or not.  Even now, I don’t know how you could catch Ebola or how you would die from it.  In fact, I heard how fatal Ebola could be, and that’s pretty much all the facts I need to know.  Sure, I’m uneducated about Ebola, but I do know one thing is that it’s not a joke to be around an infectious disease such as Ebola.  Ebola could spread!  This is why we’re seeing experts and medical personnels are being told to be super careful around Ebola such as wearing proper medical, protective gears.

With Ebola scare is real, we should know that if this Ebola scare gets even more serious, we may see the real economy gets destroyed, quickly.  One example, I’d read “Patients avoiding Dallas hospital where Ebola hit” article, and I knew right away that if Ebola spreads any further and be any more infectious and be any more scarier — hospitals around the country can see their revenues dwindling fast.  How about Ebola could scare people from travel?  That would dwindle the revenues of the travel agencies, airlines, and other relevant sectors easily!

I think Ebola is no joke unless someone has a cure that demotes Ebola into a common flu.  Ebola could be spread and so any entity which has the power to put resources into preventing the spread of this disease must do all it can to stop Ebola from spreading.  As I’d said, Ebola can kill not only people, but it can also kill the economy.  If the economy of a system is getting killed, the people within the system will not fair any better.  What’s worse is that the sick ones will be killed off by Ebola and the healthy ones will become poorer for Ebola is killing the economy!  If a hospital isn’t well funded for it lacks of revenues since Ebola is stopping people from going to such hospital, then the healthy people — who may get sick and live near the hospital — may need to go out of their way and waste extra gas just to go to a farther hospital.  If too many hospitals are getting hammered by Ebola, people may rather die at home!

Bookworm: “The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System” By James Rickards

The main stream and alternative media alike had been buzzing about the $400 billion natural gas deal between Russia and China.  These media described that this huge natural gas deal between these two huge countries could eventually undermine the dollar reserve currency status.  Whether this will be true or not for some time to come, nobody will know!  Nonetheless, one could tell that China and Russia are diversifying their dollar reserves into something else such as this $400 billion natural gas deal.  These two huge countries are hedging against the dollar, thus either these two huge countries will trade with each other in other currencies other than dollar or spending their dollar reserves to materialize their dollar reserves into something more tangible such as the $400 billion natural gas deal.

With all the talks of the dollar is losing reserving status either gradually or slowly reaching a tipping point where an avalanche of events will drive the demise of the dollar reserve status at a breakneck speed, I’m getting more interested in being more informed about this whole shebang.  It was no surprised when I got a whiff of the new book “The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System” written by James Rickards, I was eager to purchase this very book on Amazon Kindle Store.  Yes, I purchased this book in dollar!  Anyhow, I’m going to read this book now, but by the time I finish this book I might be able to write a blog post or two about my reading of this book.  It will not be a review of sort, but it will be more of what I think I’ve learned by reading this book.


Using Information Technology To Expose Scammers; Traffic Light Camera Scam.

I’d encountered two different articles that described of two different scams, and both were very interesting.  The first one is “Anatomy of a Scam Investigation,” and the second one is “Traffic light camera scam steals your identity.”  The first article described how one could go about exposing a scam; what to do about a scam right after you had exposed it.  The second article described how one could become a victim of a new scam which is known as traffic light camera scam, but few people realized that they had been scammed by this very scam.

One doesn’t have to be a genius to know if something is fishy, because one just have to put a little extra effort in confirming what is and what isn’t.  The article “Anatomy of a Scam Investigation” shows us that by using the power of Google and various reputable governmental web services and public records, one can go about exposing a scam.  This article also explains that scammers live on the margin, relying on few fish getting hooked to have just enough juice so they can come up with other but somewhat similar scams.  This is why the Internet and modern communication channels can be effective in making the scammers’ margin a lot smaller and narrower in short amount of time, forcing the scammers to abandon their well exposed scams early.  To yield additional information on scammers, this article explains that one can use PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) to probe for more information on the scammers in question — this works if scammers had filed for bankruptcy or involved in court cases.

A very simple scam and yet so effective in scaring people to give up their credit card numbers and other confidential information, and even fewer people think that they had been scammed by traffic light camera scam as they thought that the callers who identified as police officers were legitimate authorities.  The article “Traffic light camera scam steals your identity” explains that legitimate bodies of government usually do not probe for credit card numbers, social security numbers, and other confidential information of citizens over the phone, because they usually do it in writing to create a paper trail so there will be a record of some sort to back the inquiry in question.  The simple solution to this scam is not to give up any confidential information over the phone even one is being threaten by a possibility of going to jail.

In conclusion, technology can help us, but it can also hurt us.  It’s depending on how we use it.  In the first article, technology helps us a great deal by allowing people to expose the scammers and to inform the government bodies so there will be appropriate punishments to be carried out against the scammers.  The second article gives us an insight that the legitimate traffic light cameras had unintentionally aided the scammers to trick people into giving up hard-earning dollars for nothing in return.  How?  Scammers rely on the fact that people know they are being watched by the traffic lights even though the traffic lights are never actually going to be the tool for scammers.  Through the Internet medium (i.e., a technology), we can read and write more to inform people about these scams, and by doing so many more of us can be informed and stay alert to avoid being scammed.

Sources:  http://www.popehat.com/2011/09/10/anatomy-of-a-scam-investigation-chapter-one/http://autos.yahoo.com/news/traffic-light-camera-scam-steals-your-identity.html