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Swine Flu Halts Aid Ship

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Posted on May 6, 2009
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Scene of the swine: The Navy amphibious transport dock ship Dubuque was waylaid by one confirmed case of H1N1.

Can we seriously stop this already? A U.S. Navy vessel has halted an aid mission to the South Pacific because one sailor has developed the swine flu/bacon flu/North American flu/H1N1/most current strain of influenza.

The BBC:

The US navy is postponing an aid mission to the South Pacific after a sailor on the vessel scheduled to take the trip developed swine flu.

Nearly 50 others sailors on the California-based USS Dubuque also showed symptoms of the new H1N1 virus.

A US Navy spokesman said officials would be looking at other alternatives to meet the mission’s objectives.

Earlier, a woman from Texas become the first US resident believed to have died from swine flu.

The woman—from Cameron County, close to the US border with Mexico—died earlier this week, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said.

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By KDelphi, May 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment

Here is the real source of swine (NAFTA) flu:

http://socialistworker.org/2009/05/06/smithfields-dirty-secrets

GRANJAS CARROLL is a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods—one of the biggest corporations in the U.S., with profits of $166.8 million in 2008.

Although it’s by no means clear that Granjas Carroll is the source of the swine flu outbreak, a look at how Smithfield runs it operations shows why that might seem a likely possibility.

As Jeff Tietz noted in the 2006 Rolling Stone article “Boss Hog,”,in order to produce 6 billion pounds of pork each year:

Smithfield’s pigs live by the hundreds or thousands in warehouse-like barns, in rows of wall-to-wall pens. Sows are artificially inseminated, and fed and delivered of their piglets in cages so small they cannot turn around…

The floors are slatted to allow excrement to fall into a catchment pit under the pens, but many things besides excrement can wind up in the pits: afterbirths, piglets accidentally crushed by their mothers, old batteries, broken bottles of insecticide, antibiotic syringes, stillborn pigs—anything small enough to fit through the foot-wide pipes that drain the pits.

Further:

Keith Ludlum, who worked the livestock line at the company’s Tar Heel, N.C., plant, described his workday in an interview with Socialist Worker in 2006:

Those of us in livestock report to work at a quarter to six and get started running hogs up into the kill floor of the plant.

Of course, livestock is extremely messy, and it’s made even worse because they’ve got drains in the pen area and where the hogs are stored at, which they refuse to unclog. So you get a pool of hog feces and urine and water building up, and that gets splashed on you when you’re running the hogs up into the plant…Every day, there are people getting hurt all over the plant

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By Blackspeare, May 7, 2009 at 8:33 am Link to this comment

All animal populations need to be culled to remove weakened individuals.  Pandemic flu incidents are one way to accomplish this.  By the way I have never taken a flu vaccine.  I figure if all my neighbors and friends do, then I don’t need to!

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By girlwithabrain23, May 7, 2009 at 8:14 am Link to this comment

I agree with the fact that “caution is not too bad an idea”.  The H1N1 flu is not like other flues given the fact that it kills healthy adults, whereas seasonal flues generally kill the young or elderly.  Sure, 36,000 people collectively die of the flu over the course of a year, but this particular H1N1 flu has the *potential* to be extremely potent if not properly contained.  I doubt we’ll have a repeat of the 1918 plague where over 100m people were killed worldwide, but at the end of the day, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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By Outraged, May 6, 2009 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment

Re: Cycledco

Your comment: “perhaps caution is not too bad an idea.”

Caution is not a bad idea, but we are not experiencing CAUTION here… we are experiencing, unjustified alarmism.

If you are pro-Obama, it doesn’t appear that this is about Obama, per se…. although it does appear that there are those who are attempting to INVENT issues and crisis where none exist!  Kinda “throwing a monkey wrench” into the works, just to make things harder than they already are.  Cooking up non-existent PANDEMICS the same way they cook up non-grassroots movements.

From the New Republic:

“CDC estimated that about 36,000 people died of flu-related causes each year, on average, during the 1990s in the United States. This figure includes people dying from complications of flu. This estimate came from a 2003 study published in the Journal of the American Medication Association (JAMA), which looked at the 1990-91 through the 1998-99 flu seasons [10]. Statistical modeling was used to estimate how many flu-related deaths occurred among people whose underlying cause of death on their death certificate was listed as a respiratory or circulatory disease. During these years, the number of estimated deaths ranged from 17,000 to 52,000.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2240054/posts

“The woman - from Cameron County, close to the US border with Mexico - died earlier this week, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said.

But it added that she had been suffering “chronic underlying health conditions”.

A little farther down in the article it states:

The unnamed woman who died in Texas was in her 30s and had recently given birth.

Leonel Lopez, Cameron County epidemiologist, said the flu itself was “very benign” but had exacerbated her underlying medical problems.

The woman became the second confirmed person to have died from swine flu outside Mexico.”

So, we have TWO CASES of death associated with this “pandemic”.  TWO!  AGAIN, “36,000 people died of flu-related causes each year, on average, during the 1990s in the United States. This figure includes people dying from complications of flu.”

This woman had just given birth AND has chronic health problems.  At the risk of sounding unempathetically BLUNT, I’m sure anything could have taken her life.

The article also claims;
“The World Health Organization (WHO) earlier said that 1,516 swine flu cases had been verified in 22 countries.

This is obviously a far cry from a PANDEMIC!  Consider also that the above statement about the average number, in the U.S…. is 36,000 DEATHS every year….. not confirmed cases.  Compare that to 1516 confirmed CASES worldwide, and TWO DEATHS in the U.S with the current SUPPOSED PANDEMIC.

Remember….these are the same folks that glorified the illegal invasion of Iraq with “shock and awe”, refused to show the coffins of the returning dead Americans, helped to lie us into war and ran all types of propaganda articles of our supposed prowess over a country that had been under sanctions for approx. 10 yrs.!

I’ve read more realist fiction.  Now we’re turning around RELIEF ships!  Completely bogus.  Besides, we (America) don’t normally worry about bringing germs somewhere else, we only worry about the germs coming here.

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By Cycledco, May 6, 2009 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment
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You might review history and the storie of WWI troop ships that arrived in Europe with many dead GI’s. (The Great Influenza by John Barry is a good source)

While the current epidemic seems better behaved, perhaps caution is not too bad an idea.

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