Typical of any disaster where there is a lingering human toll, like katrina or haiti, the media coverage is spectacular for a few weeks, and then america gets bored with people suffering, so your attention is diverted to the latest idiocy of some celeb or sports figure; or more recently, the mindless babblings of mindless politicians…and we’re guilty to an extent too, because although our coverage of the gulf oil spill here & on affiliates was daily when it was page one news, for the most part we havent mentioned it since the well was sealed…however, thanx to →Washington’s Blog, we can offer you a few gulf coast headlines of the ongoing stories from the last 3 days of last week:
Listen very closely, and you can practically hear the backpedaling: The CDC now admits it’s been badly wrong about flu deaths.
Those vaccine-pushing hucksters have made the wild claim year after year that flu kills 36,000 Americans annually — and they’ve even attacked anyone who’s dared to question their numbers.
But now, they’ve come clean. Not fully clean, mind you, but sort of cleanish. The agency now says flu kills as few as 3,500 Americans in some years, with an average of 23,000 per year overall.
In other words, that 36,000-fatality fantasy they’ve been selling was a wild and dramatic overestimate pulled from their own hindquarters. And the new lower numbers STILL don’t come close to the truth — because any time someone sniffles on their way to the grave, the CDC quickly labels it a “flu death.”
And that’s only when they bother tracking it at all — last year, during the height of the swine flufrenzy, the CDC actually told state health authorities to stop counting while the agency just made up any number it pleased.
The researchers did not find XMRV, the specific retrovirus identified in patients last fall. But by confirming the presence of a cluster of genetically similar viruses, the new study represents a significant advance, experts and advocates say.
“I think it settles the issue of whether the initial report was real or not,” said K. Kimberly McCleary, president of the CFIDS Association of America, the leading organization for people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
arta feira British hospitals are grappling with a new bacterium that have become resistant to the most powerful antibiotics
According to experts questioned by BBC, the “superbug” has traveled to the United Kingdom by cidaãos who have visited countries such as India or Pakistan for plastic surgery.
So far 50 cases have been identified, but scientists fear that bacteria from spreading to other countries.
Resistant to the strongest antibiotics, the bacteria can be transmitted from person to person and become almost impossible to treat, since in at least one of the cases the organism was found to be resistant to all known antibiotics.
The bacterium in question produces an enzyme called NDM-1, which can exist within different bacteria.
Carbapenems are very useful antibiotics. Distantly related to penicillin, they can be used to treat a much broader range of bacteria, many of which are difficult to attack because they are naturally resistant to most other antibiotics.
Let the truth be told! We have a crisis on our hands and we need to let everybody know what is really going on in the Gulf. It is a slow process, with the sickness starting among us, “Gulf Oil Syndrome”. I was told by a credible source, that the government is buying up motel and hotel rooms in small communities in Tennessee and Arkansas and renting them indefinitely. The time is now to prepare…It’s all up to you… OLS
President Obama signed a government takeover of health care into law. Here is a list of new boards, bureaucracies, and programs created in the Obama health care bill. Bureaucracy Grows.
1. Grant program for consumer assistance offices (Section 1002, p. 37)
2. Grant program for states to monitor premium increases (Section 1003, p. 42)
3. Committee to review administrative simplification standards (Section 1104, p. 71)
George was right. However the devil is in the details. For instance you can pass the slow car in front of you or a kidney stone. One can be fun the other no fun. Both can, under certain circumstances, be deadly
The situation we are in now is a kidney stone.
So what happens now? The majority of people, 70% the polls say, said no. They called and wrote and answered polls and protested and were ignored. A sixth or so of our economy has started down the road of complete Government control. Looking at it from a historical context I believe we are living in a dangerous moment in our history. The political process on Health Care has gone a long way to destroy the faith of the people in their leaders. For the first time, a great many people got to see on their TV screens a corrupt political process and were horrified to realize that it wasn’t taking place in some third world country but right here. No principles, no moral convictions no amount of protest or constituent will could withstand the acquisition of power so desired by those who pretend to represent us.
The question was “So what happens now?” There can only be one answer…… we must stand up as free men and women and act. Deny them money, support, respect, the things they steal from and deny us, and most of all their office. Churches, Unions and businesses that support these people must be included in our disdain and be made to understand who are the actual power brokers in society. Faith is not based on a building or the men who stand at the pulpit and unions were not started to destroy the businesses their members work for nor to hurt society in general so their members can have a few perks.
The people who think they rule us are now making it clear that they believe people will forget by November. Then Obama Care 2 will begin. Obama himself always said during the campaign that he would makesingle payer a reality by the end of his first term. I’m hoping we can end his Congressional power stranglehold in November and make the end of his Presidency a reality in 2012.
By the summer of 2009, shortly after the H1N1 flu pandemic had first emerged, there was a waiting list for the first several million doses of the forthcoming new flu vaccine. At the head of the line, naturally, were the world’s richest nations. “Again we see the advantage of affluence,” said Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), at a news conference on July 14. “Again we see access denied by an inability to pay.” Describing H1N1 as “entirely new and highly contagious,” Chan scolded rich countries at the time for hoarding the “lion’s share” of the global H1N1-vaccine supply.(Comment on this story below.)
Six months later, Chan’s admonitions seem prescient. Rich countries’ hoards have become massive surpluses, and many nations are now trying frantically to cancel pending orders of vaccines or transfer them to poorer nations. France, which had ordered enough of the vaccine to inoculate its entire population of 60 million, has so far used only 5 million doses and now wants to cancel 50 million doses and sell millions more. Similarly, the Netherlands has a 19 million–dose order for sale to other countries, while Germany is in talks with drug manufacturers to halve its order of 50 million doses and sell off millions of others. Switzerland, Spain and Britain are also considering giving away or selling the millions of doses of the vaccine they have received or have on order. The U.S., which has so far distributed 160 million of the 251 million doses it purchased to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers across the country, has yet to make a decision on whether it will have an overflow and what it will do with any surplus.(Watch TIME’s video “Chicken Eggs and Antigens: How the H1N1 Vaccine Is Made.”)