Ebola Outbreak Not Affecting Chocolate Supply

The U.S. chocolate industry says the supply chain is stable.
The U.S. chocolate industry says the supply chain is stable.

Although roughly 73% of the world’s cocoa beans come from West Africa, portion of which are currently affected by the Ebola virus, chocolate industry representatives say production is in full swing. The major producing countries of Ghana and Ivory Coast are still Ebola-free, and in the nations suffering most from the disease – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – the greatest impact is reduced purchasing power of consumers.

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NoVa Legislators Ask TMac to Declare Martial Law

In yet another delivery of political gamesmanship when the order clearly asked for “good governance,” three northern Virginia members of the GA have, in effect, asked the governor to declare martial law and seize control of Virginia’s airports and seaports. Specifically, Sen. Dick Black, Del. Bob Marshall (why is it always Bob Marshall?) and Del. Mark Berg, have sent a joint letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, telling him that Ebola in America is Obama’s fault (because, you know, everything is Obama’s fault), and that he must use “the police powers of Virginia” to close our airports and seaports to any vehicle arriving from “Ebola affected areas” (presumably including the state of Texas). They state that fever-screening is not reliable and that the governor should take note that, “government travel restrictions were used to limit Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).” These lawmakers urge the governor to take state control over airlines (and shipping lines), even if that means being taken to court by those airlines (and shipping lines) and/or the federal government (because, you know, what they are asking him to do would be illegal). Continue reading “NoVa Legislators Ask TMac to Declare Martial Law”