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  • Does HIV mean certain death? (AIDS and Global Warming have one thing in common: HARD-LEFT POLITICS!)

    10/28/2009 8:32:21 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 105 replies · 4,090+ views
    The Spectator ^ | October 24, 2009 | Neville Hodgkinson
    Does HIV mean certain death? In the quarter century since the world was introduced to the idea that a new sexually transmitted virus was the cause of Aids, HIV has been generally regarded as one of the biggest killers of our time. HIV/Aids has not been the mass disease in Britain that people were led to believe in the 1980s, but the death toll from immune deficiency diseases ascribed to HIV in Africa has been staggering. The scale of death there is an ongoing tragedy that tests the moral resolve of the rich world. How much do we care? Enough...
  • ‘Hooray for eugenics!’: How American Bible-rejecting churches supported Nazi-like policies

    10/26/2009 8:21:51 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 17 replies · 872+ views
    Creation Magazine ^ | Russell Grigg
    Many people have said or thought this since Darwin’s cousin, Francis Galton, invented the term ‘eugenics’ in 1883.[1] Since then, the cheerleaders for this offspring of evolution have included racists of many different nationalities, such as Hitler’s Nazis, as well as enthusiasts for the ‘right’ to abortion, euthanasia, and now in the 21st century, human destruction for embryonic stem-cell research. This is of course consistent with the belief they all share, namely that people are all just evolved animals. The many violations of human rights, and the killings and genocides which are the result of eugenicist beliefs are well documented...
  • Obama declares swine flu emergency

    10/24/2009 8:38:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 886 replies · 28,784+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/24/09
    Obama declares swine flu emergency 9 mins ago WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama has declared swine flu a "national emergency," the White House said Saturday, as the United States reels from millions of cases of infection and over 1,000 deaths.
  • Farrakhan suspicious of H1N1 vaccine

    10/20/2009 4:51:51 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies · 1,022+ views
    UPI ^ | Oct. 19, 2009
    MEMPHIS, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan told an audience in Memphis he believes the H1N1 flu vaccine was developed to kill people, a witness said. Farrakhan, 76, spoke for nearly three hours Sunday at a gathering to observe the religious group's Holy Day of Atonement, which also marked the 14th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported, citing a source who attended the speech. "The Earth can't take 6.5 billion people. We just can't feed that many. So what are you going to do? Kill as many as...
  • Judge Blocks Mandatory Flu Shots, Temporarily

    10/16/2009 6:03:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 972+ views
    NBC New York ^ | Fri, Oct 16, 2009 | HASANI GITTENS
    The fight against mandatory flu vaccines has just gotten a shot in the arm. An Albany judge has just issued a temporary restraining order preventing the state Department of Health from mandating flu vaccinations for health care workers in New York, according to lawyers in the case. Terry Kindlon, the lawyer representing nurses who filed a lawsuit this week, said Judge Thomas McNamara issued the order at a hearing Friday morning. The nurses argue the policy violates their civil rights. State Health Commissioner Richard Daines had imposed a regulation that required certain health care workers to be vaccinated by Nov....
  • The World’s Most Reviled Genius (buck politically correct "science", have your career ruined)

    10/09/2009 1:36:22 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 2,380+ views
    Newsweek ^ | October 9, 2009 | Jeneen Interlandi
    Can the scientist who denied the cause of AIDS be trusted to cure cancer? --snip-- ...In the past three decades, Duesberg has been described as a genius, a martyr, and a genocidal lunatic—often by the same person, usually amid the fierce debates and international headlines that come with major scientific breakthroughs. In 1971, at the age of 33, he became the first scientist to identify a cancer-causing gene—a biological holy grail that secured his place among an elite group of the country's top researchers. Tenure at Berkeley and a coveted spot in the National Academy of Sciences followed. So did...
  • White House concerned about spreading flu in churches

    10/06/2009 6:57:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 153 replies · 3,605+ views
    rns ^ | October 5, 2009 | Michelle Minkoff
    WASHINGTON (RNS) The White House and federal health officials have released guidelines recommending that worshippers take precautions against spreading germs to reduce the risk of contracting swine flu. Marilyn Meyers, a 67-year-old member of Washington National Cathedral, already had thought about the health risks involved in her church’s services. On Sunday (Oct. 4), as she has for the past several months, she rubbed sanitizer on her hands before getting in line for Holy Communion. “You shake hands, you touch the prayer books we all share, you break off a piece of the same bread—who knows what might be on...
  • The Butt Stops Here

    10/05/2009 6:12:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 962+ views
    New West ^ | October 5, 2009 | Amy Linn
    As Montana bars dealt with their first smoke-free weekend since the state’s indoor smoking ban went into effect, ingenuity ruled. In Missoula, according to a great piece by Michael Moore in the Missoulian, the Rhino Bar gave smokers their very own place to light up: a Butt Hutt, created by Dave Golden of Well Done Welding and Jim Bell, a general contractor. Moore describes the hut as a 4-by-8-foot “metal smoking dugout” in the alley behind the Rhino in Missoula. The no-smoking laws spark the type of debate that never seems to get extinguished. Pro-smokers argue that the bans hurt...
  • BREAKING - Mandatory Flu Vaccines For Children In New Jersey (No joke)

    09/29/2009 1:16:04 PM PDT · by Scythian · 314 replies · 12,804+ views
    ABC News via You Tube Video ^ | September 28, 2009
    The State of New Jersey is now mandating every school child be vaccinated, otherwise they will be kicked out of class. This ABC news report covers the story
  • Chattahoochee now chock-full of E. coli

    09/27/2009 8:25:44 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 15 replies · 1,466+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | September 27, 2009 | D.L. Bennett
    Bethea said federal officials tested the river and found the E. coli bacteria level was 42 times greater than the highest safe level. “There is no way you want to get in or even touch water [this dirty],” Bethea said. “I’ve never seen the water so filthy. It was just filthy, and it didn’t smell very good in some places.” The river tour also found massive shoreline damage, including collapsed banks and fallen trees. --snip-- The U.S. Park Service on Wednesday shut down use of portions of the Chattahoochee, citing the dumping of raw sewage from broken sewage lines in...
  • Flu Nightmare: In Severe Pandemic, Officials Ponder Disconnecting Ventilators From Some Patients

    09/23/2009 7:06:56 PM PDT · by Dementio · 101 replies · 2,334+ views
    Pro Publica ^ | September 23, 2009 | Sheri Fink
    With scant public input, state and federal officials are pushing ahead with plans that -- during a severe flu outbreak -- would deny use of scarce ventilators by some patients to assure they would be available for patients judged to benefit the most from them. The plans have been drawn up to give doctors specific guidelines for extreme circumstances, and they include procedures under which patients who weren’t improving would be removed from life support with or without permission of their families. The plans are designed to go into effect if the U.S. were struck by a severe flu pandemic...
  • Has anyone heard about this?? (This is unreal) - Regarding Swine Flu shot

    09/19/2009 5:02:48 PM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 40 replies · 2,685+ views
    YouTube ^ | 9/11/09 | 91177Info
    This is the first I've heard about this..I was wondering if anyone else out there has more info.. If this is in fact true, it's amazingly scary..
  • Rewarding (to some) A-H1N1 flu hysteria grips globe

    09/10/2009 10:18:26 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 8 replies · 609+ views
    Rewarding (to some) A-H1N1 flu hysteria grips globe --snip-- Global panic seems to have taken hold on the flu front, as media sensationalism magnifies medical warnings into worldwide alarm. A key soccer match plays to empty stands in Mexico, gates locked against ticketholders; Mexican City restaurants, bars, movies, discos, theaters, gyms and swimming pools are closed for five days at a cost of $100 million a day; tourist ships are veering away from Mexican ports; one child dies and 433 schools are closed in the US; “swine flu” tops the Twitter meter; Egypt orders all pigs slaughtered; Britain with five...
  • House of Numbers is quietly explosive (new movie shows how AIDS story falls apart under questioning)

    09/09/2009 12:13:44 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 31 replies · 2,252+ views
    Science Guardian ^ | September 2009
    Remarkable movie shows how AIDS story falls apart under questioning Leading luminaries confess flaws, confirming critics’ concerns Clarity and entertainment value may gain wide audience for documentary But John Moore and his goons are on the job to sink it if possible...
  • President's Council's Swine Flu House of Cards (WHO scare-mongers changed definition of pandemic!)

    09/08/2009 6:50:55 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 14 replies · 881+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer via ^ | September 2, 2009 | Michael Fumento
    The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued an alarming report on swine flu last week. A typical front-page article about it began, "Swine flu could infect half the U.S. population this fall and winter, hospitalizing up to 1.8 million people and causing as many as 90,000 deaths." But the council's "plausible scenario" involving those alarming figures is based on three main assumptions, all of which must be valid or the house of cards comes tumbling down. Yet all three fly in the face of science....
  • Wake Up, America: Forced vaccinations/quarantine camps/interrogations/mandatory "decontaminations"

    08/28/2009 10:46:21 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 59 replies · 2,526+ views ^ | Friday, August 28, 2009 | Mike Adams
    (NaturalNews) The United States of America is devolving into medical fascism and Massachusetts is leading the way with the passage of a new bill, the "Pandemic Response Bill" 2028, reportedly just passed by the MA state Senate and now awaiting approval in the House. This bill suspends virtually all Constitutional rights of Massachusetts citizens and forces anyone "suspected" of being infected to submit to interrogations, "decontaminations" and vaccines. It's also sets fines up to $1,000 per day for anyone who refuses to submit to quarantines, vaccinations, decontamination efforts or to follow any other verbal order by virtually any state-licensed law...
  • Swine Flu Could Kill 90,000: White House

    08/24/2009 11:13:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 85 replies · 1,903+ views
    NBC ^ | Mon, Aug 24, 2009
    Swine flu could infect half of the U.S. population and kill as many as 90,000, more than twice the number of casualties incurred in a typical seasonal flu. The White House said in a report today that President Obama has been encouraged to push for quicker and more widespread vaccine production and appoint a staffer to be in charge of the pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported. "This isn't the flu that we're used to," said Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Thirty to 50 percent of the country's population will be infected in...

    08/24/2009 3:31:05 PM PDT · by kcvl · 99 replies · 3,480+ views
    Swine flu MAY lead to as many as 90,000 deaths as reported by the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology
  • Chlamydia helps young men feel more 'manly': Swedish study

    08/24/2009 9:38:00 AM PDT · by OneVike · 43 replies · 1,661+ views
    The Local ^ | 8/24/09 | David Landes
    Young men who contract sexually transmitted diseases often view their afflictions as an affirmation of their manhood, a new Swedish study shows.Upon learning they’ve been infected with a sexually transmitted disease, some young people simply see themselves as unlucky, while others undergo a maturation process which leads them to be more careful in their sexual habits, according to midwife and University of Skövde researcher Kina Hammarlund.
  • Officials Weigh Circumcision to Fight H.I.V. Risk

    08/23/2009 6:12:04 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 151 replies · 5,116+ views
    NY Times ^ | Published: August 23, 2009 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Public health officials are considering promoting routine circumcision for all baby boys born in the United States to reduce the spread of H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. The topic is a delicate one that has already generated controversy, even though a formal draft of the proposed recommendations, due out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by the end of the year, has yet to be released. Experts are also considering whether the surgery should be offered to adult heterosexual men whose sexual practices put them at high risk of infection. But they acknowledge that a circumcision drive...
  • H1N1 - WHO warns time running out, cases could double every few days (people jumping out of windows)

    08/21/2009 12:29:52 PM PDT · by Scythian · 93 replies · 2,366+ views
    Okay, here we go folks. School has started in my state, there are already H1N1 cases involving teachers and students. They are talking about vaccinating everyone in the entire county, and it didn't sound voluntary. This is crap, something is not right about this. No other nation was destroyed but for some reason "America is in for it" ... Why is that? WHO warns time running out for governments to prepare for dramatic spread of virus, predicting number of cases could double every few days
  • Hundreds in Maryland sign up for swine flu vaccine trials

    08/20/2009 2:13:47 PM PDT · by EBH · 14 replies · 645+ views
    So last week, I asked who might want to roll up their sleeve for the swine flu vaccine trials happening in a few weeks here at the University of Maryland. A few of you raised your hands, and some said you'd even volunteer your children. Well, my friends, you are not alone. So far, university officials say the response has been "wonderful" and that "hundreds" of people have signed on up. (And here I thought people might be too freaked out to be guinea pigs.) At other testing sites, the same is true -- some 3,000 people nationwide are already...
  • Officials Find Swine Flu Hits Minorities Harder

    08/20/2009 1:58:02 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 30 replies · 1,553+ views
    NPR ^ | 8/19/09 | Richard Knox
    There are, however, other reasons why minorities seem to be more at risk of swine flu. Low-income parents have a harder time keeping their sick children home from school. "For some parents in lower-wage jobs, if they don't show up at work, they don't get paid, and people may already be on the economic margins," Barry says. "So parents were desperate to get some of these children back in school." As a result, there were many sick, contagious kids in Boston classrooms this spring. Because of the economic pressures and demographics of the Boston school system, most of them turned...
  • Child's TB Complicates Adoption by Va. Family (China)

    08/11/2009 6:45:35 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 5 replies · 392+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 11, 2009 | Henri Cauvin
    The little girl wouldn't let go...It didn't matter that she had only met him 12 days earlier...What mattered was that he had held her and that he was going to bring her home, to a quiet cul-de-sac in Northern Virginia, where the shy 4-year-old would live with him, his wife and the 6-year-old boy they had adopted... "Papa, don't go!" she screamed in Cantonese after Scruggs tried to hand her over to the foster family that would care for her until he could return...Finally Scruggs slipped out the door, a day after his wife, Candace Litchford, had made the same...
  • Your Forearm, Please

    08/01/2009 9:00:13 PM PDT · by FromLori · 20 replies · 1,550+ views
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 7/31/09 | Robert Wenzel
    "They" will also decide when healthcare is mandatory. A surgeon writes to Lew Rockwell: I am a surgeon in the Baltimore area. My main hospital decided to run a “Swine Flu Drill” for the employees and doctors over the last 2 days. Apparently, the general public was excluded because only hospital workers get swine flu. I am sure that the ability to coerce employees had nothing to do with it. All entrances were blocked by security and tables were set up with 3 nurses. People lined up and answered embarassing private questions regarding bowel habits and the like. They then...
  • Martial Law and Militarization of Public Health: The World Vaccination Program

    07/27/2009 12:12:56 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 13 replies · 900+ views ^ | July 27, 2009 12:40 | by Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research
    "The flu season is upon us. Which type will we worry about this year, and what kind of shots will we be told to take? Remember the swine flu scare of 1976? That was the year the U.S. government told us all that swine flu could turn out to be a killer that could spread across the nation, and Washington decided that every man, woman and child in the nation should get a shot to prevent a nation-wide outbreak, a pandemic." (Mike Wallace, CBS, 60 Minutes, November 4, 1979) "The federal officials and industry representatives had assembled to discuss a...
  • Calling all volunteers to test swine flu shots

    07/22/2009 9:58:22 PM PDT · by traumer · 9 replies · 413+ views
    NIH calls for thousands of volunteers to test whether new swine flu vaccine works and is safe WASHINGTON (AP) -- The race is on: The government and vaccine makers are seeking thousands of volunteers, from babies to the elderly, to roll up their sleeves for the first swine flu shots -- to test whether a new vaccine really will protect against this novel virus before its expected rebound in the fall. On Wednesday the National Institutes of Health tapped a network of medical centers around the country to begin a series of studies, with the first shots to go into...
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Public Health and Medical Sciences

    07/06/2009 12:59:16 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 397+ views ^ | July 6, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary _________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 6, 2009 FACT SHEET Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Public Health and Medical Sciences The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Public Health and Medical Science. The Memorandum establishes a framework for deeper cooperation between these government institutions, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, scientific research institutions, including those of the Russian Academy of...
  • WHO warns swine flu 'unstoppable'

    07/04/2009 3:32:05 AM PDT · by Man50D · 56 replies · 1,592+ views
    BBC ^ | July 3, 2009
    The UN's top health official has opened a forum in Mexico on combating swine flu by saying that the spread of the virus worldwide is now unstoppable. World Health Organization head Margaret Chan added that the holding of the meeting in Cancun showed confidence in Mexico, which has been hard hit. The WHO says most H1N1 cases are mild, with many people recovering unaided. As the summit opened, the UK alone was projecting more than 100,000 new cases of H1N1 a day by the end of the summer. As the peak of the flu season approaches in South America, some...
  • Swine flu 'cannot be contained'

    07/02/2009 8:20:56 AM PDT · by FromLori · 45 replies · 808+ views
    BBC ^ | 7/2/09
    The rising number of swine flu cases mean trying to contain the virus is no longer an option, the government says. Ministers said the emergency response would now move to a new "treatment" phase across the UK as there may soon be 100,000 new cases a day. It means anti-flu drugs will no longer be given to the close contacts of those infected nor will lab testing be done to confirm cases. The move has been made to relieve the pressure on the health service. The announcement, which comes into effect immediately, has long been expected. It does not mean...
  • US passes million swine flu cases......

    06/28/2009 4:05:27 PM PDT · by TaraP · 28 replies · 825+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | June 27th, 2009
    US health officials estimate that at least one million Americans have been infected with swine flu since the H1N1 virus emerged nearly three months ago. The number is far higher than cases actually reported to the authorities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said many cases were mild, although 127 people had died. The CDC based its figures on surveys, rather than laboratory evidence, but the numbers suggest the death rate from swine flu is lower than thought. "We're saying that there have been at least a million cases of the new H1N1 virus so far this year...
  • Ron Jeremy opens swingers sex club in Portland

    06/22/2009 3:56:16 PM PDT · by pissant · 67 replies · 8,042+ views
    NW Cable News ^ | 6/20/09 | Amanda Burden
    PORTLAND, Ore., -- There’s a new nightclub opening in Portland for people who like to swing. And it's not the tree-tire variety, community park child's activity or mid 1950s dance style. Club Sesso opens Friday to Portland couples who like to have sex with other couples -- or singles who enjoy having sex with other couples. And iconic porn film star Ron Jeremy has lent his name and prestige to downtown's newest destination. Club Sesso is located on SW 1st Avenue. Paul Smith, its owner, is relocating from Clackamas and expects a lot of business. Portland just doesn't have a...
  • CDC sees "something different" with new flu

    06/20/2009 7:09:44 AM PDT · by AngieGal · 54 replies · 1,381+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jun 19, 2009 | Maggie Fox
    The new strain of H1N1 flu is causing "something different" to happen in the United States this year -- perhaps an extended year-round flu season that disproportionately hits young people, health officials said on Thursday. An unusually cool late spring may be helping keep the infection going in the U.S. Northeast, especially densely populated areas in New York and Massachusetts, the officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. And infections among healthcare workers suggest that people are showing up at work sick -- meaning that workplace policies may be contributing to its spread, the CDC officials...
  • Obama's Continued Ban On People With HIV (Obama wants to deport Andrew)

    06/18/2009 10:41:03 PM PDT · by tlb · 20 replies · 1,082+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 18 Jun 2009 | Andrew Sullivan
    The administration continues to enforce the ban on non-Americans living with HIV - against the will of the Congress and the views of president George W. Bush. Here's the latest example: ""Paul Thorn, a British activist scheduled to speak today, said he was denied a U.S. visa because he is HIV positive ... "The U.S. government actively discriminates against people who have been tested for the HIV virus and have been diagnosed HIV-positive," he said in the statement ... Thorn said his application was turned down despite the interventions of Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Jim McDermott and appeals to...
  • Russian gay community looking for trouble on Eurovision Final

    05/12/2009 12:14:37 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 7 replies · 639+ views
    pravda | 12.05.2009
    Peter Tatchell, Britain’s well-known defender of the rights of sexual minorities, is going to visit Moscow to participate in the gay pride parade in Russia’s capital. Tatchell is arriving in Moscow despite the decision of the Moscow government to ban the march of homosexual individuals. The parade is to take place on May 16, Saturday, to coincide with the final night of the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. The contest enjoys stable popularity among the people of untraditional sexual orientation, RIA Novosti news agency reports. The organizers of the Moscow gay march intend to make it become a common Slavic...
  • Swine flu spreading too fast to count, CDC says...

    05/11/2009 6:10:08 PM PDT · by TaraP · 28 replies · 1,114+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 11th, 2009
    Swine flu is spreading so far and fast in the U.S. that state health officials may soon stop counting individual cases, a federal health official said Monday. The novel H1N1 virus accounted for 40 percent of flu viruses logged in the U.S. in the past week and helped propel an uptick in overall flu-like illnesses, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, a deputy director with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has confirmed more than 2,000 cases in 43 states and Washington D.C., with 94 hospitalizations and three deaths. Another 700 cases are suspected. Although the flu is...
  • Poll: U.S. split over flu media coverage

    05/07/2009 6:45:43 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 31 replies · 674+ views
    UPI ^ | May 7, 2009
    PRINCETON, N.J., May 7 (UPI) -- U.S. residents split over H1N1 flu news reporting, with nearly equal numbers indicating media exaggerated the dangers or got it right, a Gallup poll indicates...
  • U.S. Lines up Vaccine Makers to Fight Swine Flu

    05/01/2009 2:53:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 456+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 1, 2009 | Stephanie Desmon & Kelly Brewington
    U.S. health authorities are lining up vaccine makers to develop a defense against virus posing global perilFederal health authorities, busily assessing the scope of the swine flu outbreak, are preparing in case a vaccine is needed to stem the spread of the disease that has sickened more than 100 in the United States and killed a 22-month-old boy in Texas. The development of a vaccine is a long, painstaking, fairly crude process that typically involves growing the virus in millions of chicken eggs. It would be months before the first person could be inoculated. Still, scientists with the Centers for...
  • Tamiflu no longer works for dominant flu strain....

    04/30/2009 10:55:17 AM PDT · by TaraP · 57 replies · 1,754+ views
    LA Times ^ | Feb 4th, 2009 | Mary Engel
    U.S. health officials say almost 100% of the type A H1N1 strain showed resistance to the leading antiviral drug. So far, the influenza season has been mild. Tamiflu, the most commonly used influenza antiviral and the mainstay of the federal government's emergency drug stockpile, no longer works for the dominant flu strain circulating in much of the country, government officials said Tuesday. Of samples tested since October, almost 100% of the strain -- known as type A H1N1 -- showed resistance to Tamiflu. In response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines to physicians in December. Doctors...
  • Containing Flu Is Not Feasible, Specialists Say

    04/30/2009 3:02:38 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies · 713+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 29, 2009 | Donald G. McNeil
    “Containment is no longer a feasible option,” Dr. Keiji Fukuda, deputy director general of the World Health Organization, announced Monday night in Geneva after a meeting of the agency’s emergency committee on the spreading swine flu virus. “The world should focus on mitigation. We recommend not closing borders or restricting travel.” Many countries are still ignoring that advice. The globe is a confusing welter of bans, advisories and alerts on some pork and some people. On Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was heavily pressed in Congressional hearings to ignore the advice and close the border with Mexico. She defended...
  • The Fort Worth School District has just announced it is closing all schools until May 8.

    04/29/2009 6:31:23 PM PDT · by pwatson · 161 replies · 5,344+ views
    NEWS ALERT The Fort Worth Independent School District has just announced it is closing all schools until May 8.
  • State Public Health Director Announces 9 Probable Cases of Swine Flu in Illinois

    04/29/2009 3:41:22 PM PDT · by FloridianBushFan · 36 replies · 2,546+ views
    Illinois Department of Public Health ^ | 4/29/2009 | Press Release
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Illinois Department of Public Health Director, announced there are currently nine probable cases of swine flu in Illinois: five in Cook County (all within the Chicago city limits), one in DuPage County, two in Kane County and one in Lake County. A probable case means the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has tested a specimen and found that it is positive for influenza A, but it could not be subtyped. The Department has shipped three of the nine probable cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to perform final...
  • CDC head: expect more severe cases

    04/26/2009 4:53:43 PM PDT · by EBH · 51 replies · 1,922+ views
    The Hill's Blog Briefing Room ^ | 4/26/2009 | Eric Zimmermann
    The United States is likely to experience more cases of swine flu, the head of the Centers of Disease Control said today. And the disease is likely to become more dangerous. "We are seeing more cases of swine flu, and we expect to see more cases of swine flu," said Richard Besser, Director of the CDC, at a White House briefing. "I would expect that over time we are going to see more severe disease in this country." Basser said the CDC is aware of 20 confirmed cases of swine flu in five U.S. states: eight in New York, one...
  • Foxwire: Obama golfs, HHS has no Secretary, Swine flu response

    04/26/2009 11:43:45 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 1,428+ views ^ | April 26, 2009 | Major Garrett
    WASHINGTON -- With President Obama golfing and without a Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, the administration ramped up efforts to find and isolate U.S. cases of swine flu as it issued a public health emergency warning and moved millions of doses of drugs to treat the flu close to the areas of early outbreak. At a White House briefing occuring while Obama golfed with his Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Trade Representative Ron Kirk, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, announced the nation's top health department would soon announce a national "public health emergency." Napolitano...
  • US declares public health emergency for swine flu

    04/26/2009 11:12:45 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Ron · 64 replies · 2,234+ views ^ | Apr 26 12:14 PM US/Eastern | Unknown
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. is declaring a public health emergency to deal with the emerging new swine flu.
  • Napolitano declares public health emergency

    04/26/2009 10:25:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 287 replies · 12,297+ views
    Napolitano declares public health emergency @ 1:01 pm by Eric Zimmermann The United States will declare the swine flu outbreak a public health emergency, Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano said today. Speaking at a White House press briefing, Napolitano said the declaration is not as severe it sounds. "It allows us to free up state and local resources" that otherwise would not be available, Napolitano said. The declaration does not necessarily convey the authority to initiate quarantines. "We're nowhere near that kind of decision," Napolitano said. Also at the briefing, the Director of the Center for Disease Control, Richard Besser,...
  • LIVE Influenza Thread 04-26-09

    04/26/2009 8:41:48 AM PDT · by BagCamAddict · 295 replies · 11,762+ views
    Twitter, and Various Others ^ | 4-26-09 | FReepers
    Please keep chat and one-liners to a minimum. This thread is intended to be a one-stop-shop for all of todays NEWS and info related to the Mexican Swine Flu. To make it faster for everyone to catch up on the actual NEWS, PLEASE PLEASE minimize chat, jokes, bashing the administration, soapboxes, and so forth. These live threads can become useless monster threads if everyone throws in their one-liners, and we all have 'em! So let's try to keep this thread useful for the latest NEWS. Thank you all in advance.

    04/26/2009 3:38:03 AM PDT · by Scanian · 24 replies · 2,139+ views
    group of Queens high school students likely brought Mexico's deadly swine flu epidemic to the city after they went on a wild spring-break party to Cancun earlier this month. Some seniors from St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows took the trip over Easter hiatus two weeks ago. Days later, an outbreak of flu-like symptoms erupted at the school, leaving about 200 kids complaining of being ill. Yesterday, city health officials confirmed that eight students "have probable human swine influenza" after testing positive for Influenza A, which officials say causes the swine strain of disease. "We're very concerned about what may...
  • From a historical perspective, new swine flue is very serious.

    The fact the current 'swine flu' has shown to be contagious is alarming. So far it has shown to have a 6% mortality rate. It may not seem like much, but please consider the following: The deadly influenza panic in 1918 had a mortality rate of under 1%. This virus went on to kill tens of thousands of healthy people a day in large cities and up to 100 million people world wide. You see, viruses like the current 'swine flu' thrive on immune systems that are robust and healthy. That is why the people that have so far died...
  • WHO declares international concern over swine flu

    04/25/2009 2:12:14 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 25 replies · 747+ views
    AP ^ | 4/25/09 | Frank Jordans
    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization warned countries around the world Saturday to be on alert for any unusual flu outbreaks after a unique new swine flu virus was implicated in possibly dozens of human deaths in North America. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the outbreak in Mexico and the United States constituted a "public health emergency of international concern." The decision means countries around the world will be asked to step up reporting and surveillance of the disease, which she said had "pandemic potential" because it is an animal virus strain infecting people. But the agency cannot at...