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How Many People Have Died of Swine Flu So Far?

7.

A member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed claims that more than 150 people have died from swine flu, saying it has officially recorded only seven deaths around the world.

Vivienne Allan, from WHO’s patient safety program, said the body had confirmed that worldwide there had been just seven deaths – all in Mexico – and 79 confirmed cases of the disease.
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Face masks are worn by some at Sydney Airport, but many say strict new swine flu precautions are in reality ‘low key’.

“Unfortunately that [150-plus deaths] is incorrect information and it does happen, but that’s not information that’s come from the World Health Organisation,” Ms Allan told ABC Radio today.

“That figure is not a figure that’s come from the World Health Organisation and, I repeat, the death toll is seven and they are all from Mexico.”

Ms Allan said WHO had confirmed 40 cases of swine flu in the Americas, 26 in Mexico, six in Canada, two in Spain, two in Britain and three in New Zealand.

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Egypt Orders Slaughter of all Pigs Over Swine Flu

Overreact much?

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt began slaughtering the roughly 300,000 pigs in the country Wednesday as a precaution against swine flu even though no cases have been reported here, infuriating farmers who blocked streets and stoned vehicles of Health Ministry workers who came to carry out the government’s order.

The measure was a stark expression of the panic the deadly outbreak is spreading around the world, especially in poor countries with weak public health systems. Egypt responded similarly a few years ago to an outbreak of bird flu, which is endemic to the country and has killed two dozen people.

At one large pig farming center just north of Cairo, scores of angry farmers blocked the street to prevent Health Ministry workers in trucks and bulldozers from coming in to slaughter the animals. Some pelted the vehicles with rocks and shattered their windshields and the workers left without killing any pigs.

Ferris Bueller’s Fight Club

The Fight Club theory of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:

My favorite thought-piece about Ferris Bueller is the “Fight Club” theory, in which Ferris Bueller, the person, is just a figment of Cameron’s imagination, like Tyler Durden, and Sloane is the girl Cameron secretly loves.

One day while he’s lying sick in bed, Cameron lets “Ferris” steal his father’s car and take the day off, and as Cameron wanders around the city, all of his interactions with Ferris and Sloane, and all the impossible hijinks, are all just played out in his head. This is part of the reason why the “three” characters can see so much of Chicago in less than one day — Cameron is alone, just imagining it all.

It isn’t until he destroys the front of the car in a fugue state does he finally get a grip and decide to confront his father, after which he imagines a final, impossible escape for Ferris and a storybook happy ending for Sloane (“He’s gonna marry me!”), the girl that Cameron knows he can never have.

(via Gerry Canavan)

The Dalai Lama in Harvard Square

I know that he’s in the square because I almost got hit by his motorcade as it was dropping him off at The Charles Hotel. I was walking to JFK park to read (halfway through The Kindly Ones fyi) and about to cross the street when a motorcycle cop told me to stop (the walk light was green but I failed to notice Ponch stopping all traffic because I was on the cell to Mrs. C). I stepped back onto the sidewalk and a parade of motorcycle cops and black SUV’s with the Dalai Lama in one rushed by to The Chuck. I told Mrs. C that I had to go because the Dalai Lama had just almost run me down and I wanted to use my cellphone to get some pictures to which she replied “You don’t have to insult me by making up stupid stories if you don’t want to finish this conversation.”

Here’s a picture of people standing outside greeting the Lama as he goes into the hotel. I didn’t get a better picture because I was too busy trying to make up a more plausible story to Mrs. C as the Lama was fleeing the scene. (This guy is always running from something)

My Cat Is A Christian

You Can’t Please Everyone – Slaughterhouse Five

One star Amazon reviews of classic movies, music and literature. Today we take a look at Slaughterhouse Five:

While cultural pundits try to convince you that some literature is better than other literature, the truth is that all art is relative to individial tastes. Thus, it doesn’t make any sense to think that a novel like this one is really any better than say, Michael Crichton or Stephen King. Aesthetic standards can’t be grounded.

Thus, don’t listen to anyone who tries to distinguish between “serious” works of literature like this one and allegedly “lesser” novels. The distinction is entirely illusory, because no novels are “better” than any others, and the concept of a “great novel” is an intellectual hoax.

I prefer Daniele Steele, and there’s no basis for telling me I’m wrong. Vonnegut is no better or worse than Daniele Steele!

This without a doubt ranks up there with the WORST books I have ever read. Pointless, poorly written, and incredibly dull.

If you want some great writing, try Ayn Rand.

I don’t like how Vonnegut down-plays death. What’s the phrase? “and so it goes”? I also don’t like how the author puts down morals and values. I don’t care if Pilgrim has been through war, that doesn’t give him an excuse to loose all human pride.

This book was so confusing. All the events were out of order, and the time skipped around a lot, and I was so lost. I didn’t understand what was happening, and I still don’t know what exactly the “slaughterhouse five” is. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone…it was a waste of time to read it.

Awful language and no point. And if I see the phrase “so it goes” one more time, I’m going to scream!
Why in the world this is considered a classic is beyond me.

A tangled mess of disjointed scenes and uninspiring ramblings. This is not a work of art. It is poorly constructed and shows no signs of good writing ability. What a disappointment.

Why the fuss with this book? It was boring, tedious, and made no point. Vonnegut’s works are depressing and life-hating, which stems from his suicidal tendencies.

O.K., I read it, but I literally have no idea what this book is about. And I’m not reading it again to find out either. Apparently, people like almost anything in life, which is really a sad commentary on the human condition.

I didn’t enjoy this book at all. I didn’t like the constant skipping around of text.

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Daily Dose of Ingersoll

What Good has the Church Accomplished?

It claims to have preached peace because its founder said, “I
came not to bring peace but a sword.”

It claims to have preserved the family because its founder
offered a hundred-fold here and life everlasting to those who would
desert wife and children.

So, it claims to have taught the brotherhood of man and that
the gospel is for all the world, because Christ said to the woman
of Samaria that he came only to the lost sheep of the house of
Israel, and declared that it was not meet to take the bread of the
children and cast it unto dogs.

In the name of Christ, who threatened eternal revenge. it has
preached forgiveness.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Truth” (1897)

Quote of the Night

From Michelle Bachman:

“I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under Democrat President Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it is an interesting coincidence.”

(Image from her Congressional webpage)


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