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BlueJessamine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 12:51 PM
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A “public health emergency” is being declared to combat fears of a global swine flu pandemic.
A “public health emergency” is being declared to combat fears of a global swine flu pandemic



Administration declares flu 'emergency'

POLITICO

In an unusual Sunday briefing at the White House, administration officials said a “public health emergency” is being declared in the United States in order to mobilize maximum resources to combat fears of a global swine flu pandemic.

The government said it will release 25 percent of its stockpiles of the flu-fighting drugs Tamiflu and Relenza.

“I wish we could call it a declaration of emergency preparedness,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napalitano, insisting that the same measure was taken for the inauguration and in cases of flood and hurricane. “We’re leaning forward.”

Napalitano, calling the declaration “standard operating procedure,” emphasized that you can’t get swine flu by eating pork.

John Brennan, White House homeland-security adviser, said there is “no evidence whatsoever” of bioterrorism.

The Centers for Disease Control lists 8 cases in New York City, 7 cases in California, 2 each in Kansas and Texas, and 1 in Ohio. In Mexico, where the new strain apparently originated, there have been over 1,000 confirmed infections to date.

Napalitano said briefings will continue daily for awhile. The CDC is to brief reporters by teleconference at 3 p.m. ET.

Richard Besser, a physician who is the CDC’s acting director, said tracking the flue will be "a marathon,” and recommended “frequent hand-washing.”

Besser said that officials so far have identified 20 cases in the U.S., and warned that "more severe" cases are likely to surface. He While the disease has killed more than 80 Mexicans, there have been no fatal American infections so far.

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pretzel4gore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:07 PM
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1. they 'lost' $50 TRILLION from human economy ....
nothing else concerns anything, imho- these media criminals are lying fukks and please do not suck up anything they blow at you
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:14 PM
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2. You're right. During a recession, we should ban the news.
How reasonable!
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BlueJessamine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:32 PM
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3. ;)
:fistbump:
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pretzel4gore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:56 PM
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6. ban the reactionary rightwing...from involvement in mass media
they control the biz community, the military/police/judiciary, and ....hell, everybody's a rightwinger for the most part anyway. So, why credit them with innocence when they've proclaimed their guilt re: wmds iraq, wall street etc? Why believe their bs about 'swine flue' when they benefit from all the distraction? Indeed, they create the distraction...
It's stunning so many of ours accept the status quo regards the pigmedia. Stunning. Absolutely.....
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Raine1967 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:34 PM
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4. I watched the briefing.
DHS director Janet Napolitano says it's a more bureaucratic procedure used to free up funding.

They are trying to get ahead of this, not create a panic-- and the media is doing a fine job of doing just the opposite.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:41 PM
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5. to combat fears?
or the actual flu?
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:14 PM
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7. "When in danger or in doubt, run around scream and shout"
Sorry, but I can't get worked up about this one yet. Twenty cases in the US? None of them fatal? Get back to me when a there's been a few dozen die in this country.

Really now, approximately thirty six thousand people die in this country from the regular flu that goes around each year, yet we don't panic. But jeez, get some of that swine flu, coming from south of the border, and people freak:eyes:

Meanwhile, what other news stories go by the board as the country is gripped by mass, pointless hysteria? Oh yeah, that whole thing about torture, prosecutions, etc. Gone, forgotten, down that ever lovin' memory hole.

Please people, get a sense of perspective.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:24 PM
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8. or act like an ostrich and stick your head in the sand
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 02:24 PM by stray cat
I'm dubious it is really serious but both over and under-attention is a lack of perspective.
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:30 PM
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11. Not sticking my head in the sand,
I'm just wanting some reason more substantive than twenty non-fatal cases before I decide to panic. Hell, there have been less than one hundred deaths in Mexico, and 1200 cases at most. Again, these numbers are less than those of the seasonal flu that comes around every year, but people are already losing their heads.

Will I pay attention to what goes on and how this progresses, certainly. But it really bothers me that once again, as the issue of bringing justice to our government is dominating the headlines, all the sudden blind panic, for no good reason, sets in and justice will be lost amidst a wave of swine flu scare.

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safeinOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:24 PM
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9. Not to worry, help is on the way
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:52 PM
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12. Urine is so beneficial the body sometimes can't wait to excrete it.
GMAB.
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pink-o Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:26 PM
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10. Mmmmm....smell the racism??
It comes from ***Mexico*** (cue dramatic scream) so that means the "Illegals" are bringing it across our pristine, sacred border!!!!

The MSM never ceases to disgust me!
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