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April 27th, 2009

"Rap Chop" featuring Vince (Slap Chop remix) [Apr. 27th, 2009|08:18 am]
Oh, um, wow... this is a very catchy tune!

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The invisible carrot... [Apr. 27th, 2009|09:51 am]
"The trouble is even the French don't have a phrase for the stupid things you actually do say under pressure. Those stupid, desperate things you actually think or do.

Some deeds are too low to even get a name. Too low to even get talked about."

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American health insurance... [Apr. 27th, 2009|10:18 am]
What a financial mess the insurance is going to be!

How do you think the swine flu will effect insurance claims?
I think to stop a lot of payouts, the insurance companies will make vaccinations/tamiflu doses mandatory if you want any kind of payout. Obviously very few people will get them in time.

I think a lot of people are going to go bankrupt...
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Swine flu - Case 0 [Apr. 27th, 2009|10:32 am]
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What to expect... [Apr. 27th, 2009|04:03 pm]
An extract from a copy of a letter by Professor N R Grist (Glasgow) published in the British Medical Journal of 22-29 December 1979:-

"Camp Devens is near Boston, and has about 50,000 men, or did have before this epidemic broke loose. It also has the Base Hospital for the Div. of the N. East. This epidemic started about four weeks ago, and has developed so rapidly that the camp is demoralized and all ordinary work is held up till it has passed. All assembleges of soldiers taboo.
These men start with what appears to be an ordinary attack of LaGrippe or Influenza, and when brought to the Hosp. they very rapidly develop the most viscous type of Pneumonia that has ever been seen. Two hours after admission they have the Mahogany spots over the cheek bones, and a few hours later you can begin to see the Cyanosis [blue colouring] extending from their ears and spreading all over the face, until it is hard to distinguish the coloured men from the white. It is only a matter of a few hours then until death comes, and it is simply a struggle for air until they suffocate. It is horrible. One can stand it to see one, two or twenty men die, but to see these poor devils dropping like flies sort of gets on your nerves. We have been averaging about 100 deaths per day, and still keeping it up. There is no doubt in my mind that there is a new mixed infection here, but what I dont know. My total time is taken up hunting Rales, rales dry or moist, sibilant or crepitant or any other of the hundred things that one may find in the chest, they all mean but one thing here -Pneumonia-and that means in about all cases death."


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Yikes! [Apr. 27th, 2009|04:26 pm]
United Kingdom: Canadian national vacationing in Manchester hospitalized; testing for swine influenza underway.



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Sign the petition today! [Apr. 27th, 2009|06:59 pm]

Swine flu, a potentially pandemic flu virus, is being reported all over the world including in the U.S. So far there have been only 20 confirmed cases in the U.S., all of them mild.1 But White House officials monitoring the situation recommend that: "If you're sick, stay home, get treatment, go see a doctor."2

This is easier said than done. In the U.S. today, almost half of workers aren't allowed to earn a single paid sick day.3 How do the experts expect people to stay home when they're sick, if they can't earn any paid sick days? Sign the petition today to to tell our country's leaders:
The United States needs to allow all working people to earn paid sick days to ensure our economic security, and protect public health.
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