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Old 04-30-2009, 07:27 PM   #81
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could all this have been at attempt to assassinate obama?
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:46 PM   #82
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"Ecuador joined Cuba and Argentina in banning travel to or from Mexico. Egypt began slaughtering all pigs Thursday, although no cases of swine flu have been reported in that country.

China and Russia have banned pork imports from the United States and Mexico, though WHO says the disease is not transmitted through eating or preparing pork."

wow.
This is really getting scary now.
That's not exactly the issue anymore...it's nothing to do with pigs anymore, since it's human to human anyway, and it's part avian as well...might as well ban birds while you're at it.

It's not that scary either 1000s of people die of the seasonal flu every year...this so far hasn't exactly proven as deadly yet.
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That's not exactly the issue anymore...it's nothing to do with pigs anymore, since it's human to human anyway, and it's part avian as well...might as well ban birds while you're at it.

It's not that scary either 1000s of people die of the seasonal flu every year...this so far hasn't exactly proven as deadly yet.
actually, on CBD earlier they gave the stat that something like 130,000 worldwide die of flu every year.
Now, I'm tempted to think they got their stats mixed up, but the fact remains....there's no reason to be more then cautious at this point.


And as for the pig slaughter, I think they just wanted an excuse to get rid of the pigs....
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:39 AM   #84
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I was in a CVS yesterday and someone was looking for hand sanitizer and they were all out of it (stores are running out of it). Hardware stores are out of gloves and masks (masks won't protect you, I don't think Purell will either). Two cases in one town over from where I live, two kids who had been to Mexico on school vacation.

I guess some people just need something to panic about. I'm not panicked at all-I had norovirus a couple of years ago and if you can survive that you can survive anything. That has to be worse than swine flu-much, much worse.
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Anyone in here going to accuse Biden of fear-mongering? Anyone?



It was so funny watching Gibbs trying to backtrack yesterday, telling everyone what Biden "meant to say." The press was laughing at him.
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:05 AM   #86
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They should just put him in charge of Bo Obama and keep him out of the media.

He's always sticking his foot in his mouth-then again President Obama knew that and he picked him anyway (well he was second choice after Hillary accdg to Jill Biden).
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I read that yesterday and just rolled my eyes. Well done there, Joe.
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:34 AM   #88
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Northeastern asks grads to hold the handshakes
Flu precaution trumping tradition

By Tracy Jan, Globe Staff | May 1, 2009

Northeastern University is asking its 4,500 graduates to forgo the traditional handshake as they collect their diplomas today to prevent the spread of swine flu - a precaution many graduates dismissed as an overreaction to the potentially lethal virus.

Intent on celebrating their hard-earned achievements, some vow to flout the new regulation. If not a handshake with the dean, graduates ask, then what? A salute? A bow? A chest or a fist bump?

"Maybe I'll pound knuckles with him," said Tushar Patel, a senior graduating with a degree in chemical engineering. "I'll limit the surface area that comes in contact."

University officials made the no-handshake decision yesterday morning in consultation with city, state, and federal public health officials and alerted graduates via an emergency public health update. Northeastern is expecting about 16,000 people to attend its undergraduate ceremony this morning at TD Banknorth Garden, which is expected to be one of the largest gather ings in Boston as the graduation season kicks off. About 5,000 people are expected for the afternoon ceremony for graduate students in the university's Matthews Arena.

"There are no confirmed cases of swine flu that are in any way connected to Northeastern. We are acting out of an abundance of caution," said Michael Armini, a university spokesman, as celebrants will be flying in from around the world.

The university's e-mail advised students to follow recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and requested graduates and family members to stay home if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. The swine flu outbreak has to date been identified in as many as 17 states, including Massachusetts, and is believed to have killed more than 160 in Mexico.

"These steps do not diminish the excitement of this occasion or the tremendous accomplishments you have achieved as students," the e-mail alert told students.

But graduates largely scoffed at the notion that they should refrain from physical contact on such a momentous occasion.

"That is a terrible idea. How impractical and impossible is that?" said Joey Fiore, former student body president. "Nobody wants a rapidly spreading infectious disease to be an issue, but the odds of getting swine flu at my graduation are slim to none. I am going to be shaking hands all over the place. Kissing babies, too."

Patel, too, won't hold back from greeting friends and family.

"Limited contact is a ridiculous thing, especially on graduation day," he said. "Am I not supposed to hug my mom? I'm going to hug my mom."

This is the second health alert issued about today's ceremony. Two weeks ago, the university sent out a message asking graduates to alert guests, especially elderly or pregnant ones, to about a dozen suspected cases of mumps on campus. The message urged attendees to check their immunization records and ask a doctor for advice before coming to the ceremonies.

Several students yesterday joked about the university's abundance of caution.

But one student interviewed found Northeastern's flu warning to be prudent.

"It's probably a necessary precaution, just because everything's so uncertain right now regarding the swine flu," said Lauren Alighieri.

The university is also stocking up on hand sanitizers - "as much as we can possibly obtain," Armini said - and will make them readily available during both graduations.

"Feel free to use this as needed," the e-mail to students said, "particularly before and after you have direct contact with others."

In addition to cap and gowns, students suggest, why doesn't the school just hand out surgical masks and latex gloves?

"They should seal the place off, biohazard it like E.T.'s house," joked Lee Ellis, a music industry and cinema studies major. "My hands probably touch more disgusting things in a day that I'm not even aware of."

Students will still have an opportunity on stage to get their picture taken with the dean and commemorate their big moment - so long as they keep their hands to themselves.
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That's Heidi and Spencer from The Hills.
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^ that blows my mind.

i cannot wait for The Soup tonight.
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That's Heidi and Spencer from The Hills.

I know-and I'm so ashamed that I do. They got married-again. And went to Mexico for their honeymoon. I wonder if he's really a total ass or if he just plays one on tv. My guess-really is.
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i cannot wait for The Soup tonight.
I love that show- I always have to catch it on On Demand because the E channel's schedule is so random. I'm way behind, life should not get in the way of On Demand.

If the swine flu is going to get anyone Spencer Pratt should be a top priority
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Dear Mexico:

You can keep Speidi.

No, really. KEEP THEM.

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Heidi's breasts came back home but part of them still crossed into Mexico
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cock! a case just confirmed ten mins from where i live!
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