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IT is spring now and with just a few short months to go, the cases are starting to come out all over the Americas of infected people. Last summer the migration of Zika-infected mosquitoes traveled across the Pacific from South East Asia; terrifying local governments. The virus is coming to North America this summer. Dormant mosquito eggs have been waiting patiently in South America all winter long. The scariest thing about this virus is what it is allegedly doing to babies. Microcephaly makes me think of primitive humans without the brain mass to conduct an intelligent conversation. It reminds me of neanderthals. I can’t help but to imagine if the human species was totally infected by this virus, then we would be in the Stone Age once again. That’s what Zika is doing.
Who’s afraid of a little mosquito?
April 15, 2016
Two cases of Zika virus in Manitoba
A casual link between Zika virus infection and birth defects (microcephaly) has been established. Evidence continues to mount suggesting that Zika virus infection is a potential cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome and other neurological disorders. Women who could have been exposed to the virus are advised to avoid becoming pregnant for up to six months.
The possibility that Guillain-Barre syndrome is instead caused by pesticides, and the risk of sexual transmission of Zika virus, are also being studied.
This summer is going to be very suspicious, to say the least. In less than two months from now is the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games. Concurrently, the eggs that contain the vast majority of the mysterious Zika virus have been sitting quietly dormant all winter long in the still and murky waters of South American jungles. These eggs, like those of a fairy tale monster, have been waiting patiently to unleash their unimaginable terror on the naive and unsuspecting human public.
As scientists try to predict the spread of the Zika it should go without saying that it’s virtually unstoppable. Maybe that’s exactly why the reactions of the Westerners about this spreading virus are so frightened and closed-mouthed; we all know we’re screwed, so we’ll just keep going with the flow. That attitude, however, should be taken very lightly, since public health should be a top priority for the public and not just for the scientists who study epidemics.
Billions of dollars are already invested in the games, facilities are already built and ready to go, travelers have already bought their venue tickets and their flights… It’d be a complete PR disaster for everyone involved if the games were cancelled—the only times that ever happened in history was Berlin in 1916 and Tokyo in 1940—for obvious war-time reasons. Now at least the WHO is starting to take real notice of this pending disaster after denying the danger for weeks. They’ve seemingly come to their proverbial senses after much pressure and accusation.
The Olympics should be canceled this year for sure but since it won’t, it should at least be moved to a venue which is already built. The last thing the Brazilian government should be doing at this time should be wasting money. Like in Athens, London or Sydney, where billions of dollars were spent on stadiums and athlete villages. After the games are over though, every single Olympic community becomes dilapidated and falls a part because they’re never used again like they were originally designed to be.
Hosting the Olympics can mean a rise in national pride for all the world’s athletes but is it really worth the astronomic cost? Competing against other countries is shown to be an epic battle of nationalism in the media and there’s also undoubtedly a moral benefit that comes from this healthy competition too.
August 31, 2016
The Olympic games always go over budget
“The Vancouver Olympics cost roughly $7.7 billion[in total]… Of that, about $4.8 billion, or 62 per cent, came from public funding.”
“Public funding” means the funding that came from the Provincial and Federal governments. So, 62 per cent of the funding for the Olympics came out of the tax dollars that could have been allocated somewhere else, like health care or the building of a new school or hospital.
“Politically, when it comes to sports, throw out ideology and the usual bluster about taxpayers dollars,”
“If you were putting your priorities out on the hustings to say, ‘Yeah, we will spend billions for a one-off event for some of the most obscure sports on the planet,’ there’s no way you can justify that. But we do.”-Gordon Price
I’m starting to second guess my position on this historic competition. If you haven’t guessed that already. Yes, sure, it is good for business, athletes and good for nationalism but everything else about the Olympics seems to be a bad idea. Like a bad headache every 2 years. The effect on the community before, during and then after is detrimental to future generations and the problems do not just go away — they have lingered for thousands of years.
Zika too will not just disappear on its own. You may be saying to yourself: If moving the games won’t prevent the spread of the virus of it then why cancel it? I believe that if the games are moved or canceled then millions of unborn babies will have a fighting chance to at least see an Olympic game in their precarious future.