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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:37 PM
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Funky CNN's Wolf Blitzer still calling it the "Swine Flu"
even after CDC and everyone else has asked that it be called by its correct name!

Guess they like the original name somehow!

This is what I hate about the media....talking to us like we are children.
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:39 PM
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1. what's the correct name? n/t
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:40 PM
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4. H1N1 Flu
Edited on Wed Apr-29-09 09:42 PM by FrenchieCat
Please call it the H1N1 flu, say officials

U.S. officials said yesterday they may abandon the term swine flu, for fear it's confusing people into thinking they could catch it from pork - which is flat-out wrong.

"We're discussing, is there a better way to describe this that would not lead to inappropriate actions on people's part?" said Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"In the public, we've been seeing a fair amount of misconception ... and that's not helpful."

CDC scientists discovered the never-before-seen strain of influenza, a mix of pig, human and bird viruses - and while scientifically it's part of the Type A/H1N1 family of influenza, they shortened the name to new swine flu.

Immediately, U.S. officials rushed to assure people that it's impossible to get pig strains of influenza from food. But by last weekend, China, Russia and Ukraine were banning imports of pork from Mexico and certain U.S. states, and other governments were increasing screening of pork imports.
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/SwineFlu/2009/04/29/9286091-sun.html


The misconception could cause 15 billion in loss of US export business!
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:51 PM
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12. Influenzas are often named after the place where they were first identified
(Hong Kong Flu, Spanish Flu, Texas A-Strain) - I bet if it had been called Mexican Flu we wouldn't be told to call it H1N1.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:54 PM
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14. I saw the Doctor saying this on
the livestream today where Kathleen Sebelius was holding court.

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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:56 PM
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15. Pronounced Hinny. nt
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Orangepeel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 10:10 PM
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16. if CDC want people to call it a different name, they need to find one better than H1N1 Flu
that doesn't exactly trip off one's tongue
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:41 PM
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5. The Ag. secretary today said we should stop calling it that...
Edited on Wed Apr-29-09 09:41 PM by Clio the Leo
... and the impression I got was that he didn't like (understandably) the negative impact the name was having on the pork industry.

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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 10:39 PM
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17. AWOL BUSH REPUKE LIAR HYPOCRITE FLUE
that'a what I heard...
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:39 PM
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2. Kinda like how Halperin keeps using the pic of the pig nose..
... when he talks about anything flu-related.

As if it's STILL something funny.

http://thepage.time.com/
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:40 PM
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3. YEP, I heard Lou Dobbs calling it the...
..."Piggly Wiggly Buggie Wuggie".

Damn media!
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JayMusgrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:41 PM
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6. Oh to watch Wolf B...........time to retire!
never watch that senile old man
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:42 PM
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7. Meaning what? It's been constantly referred to as "swine flu"
Even here.

If they officially renamed it tomorrow, we'd STILL be calling it "swine flu"
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:43 PM
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8. Because of how the misconception is effecting our export of pork....
which equals 15 billion dollars a year industry.

Wolfie must be working hard to do what he can to not help the economy!
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:52 PM
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13. I don't think importers of American pork are going to get confused
There are no dangers to eating pork, even if pigs WERE infected.

Besides which, the source is Mexico. And YOU'RE their greatest market.

So if YOU'RE not worried, then the rest of the world isn't either.
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:46 PM
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9. The pork industry and Jews are just gonna have to deal with it.
It's a swine flu. People are going to call it that.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:47 PM
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10. The media is not "People".......
and when they get a simple request, they should try to follow it....
and it appears that Wolfie is going to try very hard to ignore any request.
He is Such a rogue! :eye:
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:49 PM
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11. It IS a swine flu. Because it's the current bug, it's "the" swine flu.
There's absolutely nothing wrong or inaccurate by referring to it as such.
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earthside Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 10:52 PM
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18. Let's just call it "Cheney Plague" n/t
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