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Pending… 27 April 2009

Posted by marisacat in Border Issues, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Mexico.
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Narita, Tokyo: A quarantine official is reflected on a monitor as he checks the temperatures of arriving passengers on a thermographic imaging device placed at Narita international airport [Yuriko Nakao/Reuters]

From the BBC page:

Our health minister has just confirmed a positive case in a small town called Almansa, 50 miles from the capital of the province of Albacete, where I live.

There are other suspected cases in the same province. It is very worrying, especially as there are concerns that the numbers of people infected will grow.

The main hospital for the province is here in my town and people will be coming here for treatment.

We have received no further information yet from the authorities, beyond the case being confirmed.

We have just been told to stay calm. Meanwhile, everybody is texting each other asking what next?
Francisco Cebrian, Albacete, Spain

But Janet N and Barack O tell us not to worry… front page of the NYT… so I think we should chill. What is to disbelieve? Remember we are advised by Gawd’s gift to us (we are blessed!):

Reid says Obama told him, ‘I have a gift’

By KEVIN FREKING – 5 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Everyone knows President Barack Obama can deliver a great speech, including the president himself, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The paperback version of Reid’s book, “The Good Fight,” is coming out May 5 with an epilogue called “The Obama Era.” Reid said he was impressed when Obama, then a freshman senator from Illinois, delivered a speech about President George W. Bush’s war policy.

Reid, D-Nev., writes: “‘That speech was phenomenal, Barack,’ I told him. And I will never forget his response. Without the barest hint of braggadocio or conceit, and with what I would describe as deep humility, he said quietly: ‘I have a gift, Harry.'”

A copy of the book’s 15-page epilogue was provided to The Associated Press.

Reid said he talked to Obama in 2006 about running for president, and that Obama expressed doubts about his ability to win.

“I was resolved to stay neutral in the coming campaign, but I told him that in my view the stars could align for him. ‘If you want to be president, you can be president now,’ I said. ‘I don’t know, Harry,’ he said. ‘I don’t think so.'”

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

[Thanks to Madman for the tidbit above. Hosanna!]

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1. NYCO - 27 April 2009

They have apparently traced the start of the flu outbreak to a rural community in Veracruz state (Mexico) where up to 60% of the residents were sick with a respiratory illness earlier this month. Interesting, might shed light on how deadly it is or isn’t.

NYCO - 27 April 2009

I see a lot of people pooh poohing this flu news, but not understanding what the problem with the Spanish Flu of 1918 was. It wasn’t that the Spanish Flu killed everyone, but that it infected so many people all over the world. The mortality rate was only about 2%, but it killed people regardless of their age (i.e., not just the old and very young). So, there were huge numbers of sick people, but relatively few dead – although it’s hard to characterize 1 million dead as “few.”

The bird flu got lots of ink, but while it had a much higher mortality rate, it seems it just wasn’t all that transmissible from person to person.

lucid - 27 April 2009

I’m very suspicious of ‘flu’ in general, given that the cutting edge of cell biology is just now coming around to a notion that viruses are actually endogenous cell commicators & viremia would thus indicate cellular damage, not an exogenous infection.

Would be curious to know the environmental conditions of the areas in which there have been outbreaks.

lucid - 27 April 2009

Case in point – I had a horrible month long respiratory distress when I returned from Costa Rica, I put it down to my lungs purging the burnt plastics.

2. marisacat - 27 April 2009

FOX is turning down coverage of ObRama presser Wednesday evening.

Brrreaking the news…………………………..
:twisted:

3. marisacat - 27 April 2009

hmm maybe we are a hot orange by now:

The World Health Organization raises the alert level of the swine flu epidemic from three to four – characterised by human-to-human spread.

For more details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

4. marisacat - 27 April 2009

Ob says Sorry!… about that plane thing this morning.

I so pray and hope that Gibbs stays on the job:

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said Monday afternoon that he was unaware of the flyover. At his daily press briefing, Mr. Gibbs initially referred questions to the F.A.A. and the Air Force. When told that those government offices were referring questions to the White House, Mr. Gibbs said: “I have no information on this other than what I saw.”

Mr. Gibbs, pressed by reporters, said he had seen news reports of the flyover, but declared: “I was working on other things. You might be surprised to know that I don’t know every movement of Air Force One.” Later, he added that he would look into the matter.

Lipless flat sarcasm. It is so appropriate to the times. Gibbs is the mascot!

BooHooHooMan - 27 April 2009

Bullshit Antennae showing signal here.

WH Press Sec?
Doesn’t know about the PR “photo op” for the plane?

Sounds like Bull~shit to me.
or some joyriding mahoffs were on-board…

LOL. I’ve been through this -Both as perpetrator and dupe –
when the car has been purloined – allegedly used to go to Wally and Wanda’s house “to study”… Gimme a break. :roll:

Bloomberg claims no knowledge whatsoever before hand. Highly unusual to say the least… as even practice maneuvers of the presidential planes are dependent on local logistics, State and municipal PD, and disaster planning chieftains.

Somebody is going to check into the specifics,
any luck it’ll be something juicy: Campaign donors, DOD pigs, Clinton and the shadow cabinet, maybe Bill offering to share a mid-air yogurt with Penny Pritzker aboard HIS plane…LOL.

Problem with the STOOOREY though, LOL, from THEIR OWN WH SPIN on it.
Bloomberg totally out of the loop. Highly unusual. Something more to it – “what” – I don’t know…. The WH spokesman effectively saying he has no idea – LOL – They Lost Track of a 747. Priceless. Yeh they”ll be able to help tracking down a virus.

marisacat - 27 April 2009

One building that panicked, got a PA system update that it a movie being filmed.

Yeah right.

The whole thing is boggling.

Not just any old plane, the back up AF 1.

BooHooHooMan - 27 April 2009

Well if it’s movies and “access”
Jane Hampshiretejester Sauce must be involved..
Maybe they lent her the jet to leaflet Manhattan for donations after all her bitching:
“Go ahead – you can HAVE the jet, Jane.”

I can only imagine the leafletting:

“Send Help! Blogger trapped in Democratic Administration with Percs that are few and far between! Transmit donations via Web to temporary flying Command Center above!”

5. BooHooHooMan - 27 April 2009

Like they did for the Three Little Pigs,
Geithner, Summers, and Bernanke…

Maybe Obama for America
will unleash the groupies to go door to door over this hereya
Piggy Poo Flu thing, shaking hands,
empathetic touching of course, and slobbering all over the public
how great it is that Dr. Ob is on the Job.

As in Book of Job , job.

Again, Surely no ill will befall us. Ob is with us.
Their remedy? Breathless adoration and Denial.
Try it! It Works! You are sure not to die of Swine Flu!

In a disturbing development, the Swine Flu has now combined with the Chickens With Their Heads Cut Off in The Administration Flu.

marisacat - 27 April 2009

Schwine Flue… he walked in the Porcine Poo as the AvianRavian flew over it all….

I just read that in addition to No Surgeon Gen… and Sibelius and countless offices in HHS not up yet… no Head of the CDC… we seem to be running with a fill-in. Is that like a substitute teacher?

6. marisacat - 27 April 2009

And never forget, all of this will slow us down in curing cancer.

BooHooHooMan - 27 April 2009

Yes but long lines are to be expected with the
special , individually tailored
“laying on of hands” ceremony ( white gloved)
where Black Reagan Jesus Dr. Father heals each and every one of us , one by one…

{He’s not really a Doctor, but,
like the Leader of the Free World™, plays one on TV}

Gibbs is checking on it and will get back to us …
It really must be something special though.
Considering how Black Reagan Jesus Dr. Father will be taking time out of his schedule as a War On Terror Owning / Thieving Wall Street Looting Facilitator. Not to mention the personal emails sent out to supporters every day. No Wonder he doesn’t have the time to “look back” and PROSECUTE TORTURE.

One miracle at a time, One miracle at time…

I have to say tho – riff on Peeder here –
what I’M looking for in a “Messiah Product”
is the Simultaneous Walk and Chew Gum capability.
Perhaps even literally if standards keep dropping…LOL.

BooHooHooMan - 27 April 2009

For it is written:

“Ye shall know him by his ability to Walk and Chew Gum.”

okay – so I’m not all that up on it, and not looking for it either.

7. marisacat - 27 April 2009

All upset:

President Obama “Furious” to Hear of Plane Incident

April 27, 2009 5:48 PM

A White House official tells ABC News that President Obama was “furious” to hear about the incident this morning when Air Force One and Air Force fighter jets appeared to be flying into the Manhattan skyline, scaring many New Yorkers into thinking they were about to face another terrorist attack.

Many buildings in lower Manhattan evacuated. Angry New York politicians lashed out at whoever was responsible for the incident — which turned out to have been for a photo op. …

AND Tapper V Gibbs:

Today’s Qs for O’s WH — 4/27/2009

April 27, 2009 3:53 PM

TAPPER: I know that Kathleen — Governor Sebelius’s nomination is probably going to be voted on tomorrow in the Senate, but do you guys have the litany of other assistant and deputy secretaries at HHS, as well as the surgeon general, ready to go, to hit the ground running after she is confirmed, assuming she is?

GIBBS: Absolutely. And let me — you know, as I mentioned earlier, the primary presidential directive for homeland security denotes — I know there’s been some discussion about why Napolitano’s role in this. That’s why I mentioned the presidential directive that denotes interagency coordination goes to the Department of Homeland Security. And I mentioned this yesterday. There’s — our response is in no way hindered or hampered by not having a permanent secretary at HHS right now. Dr. Besser and thousands of people both at CDC and throughout HHS are responding to this. There are professional staff over there as we speak, helping to coordinate this. I’m sure many of you all have called public affairs over there, and gotten your questions answered. So we feel confident with the team that is there now. Having said that, we’re certainly hopeful that secretary — soon- to-be-Secretary Sebelius will join them without delay tomorrow.

TAPPER: But presumably, you would rather have a permanent group there.

GIBBS: Well, we’d rather not have a swine flu. (Calling on someone else:) Yes, sir.

TAPPER: Wait — look, I’m sorry, could you just — do you have them ready to go? I mean, the surgeon general, the assistant secretary —

GIBBS: There are — there are — there’s a whole group of people there, and there will be more to follow. Some will and some won’t need Senate confirmation. Yes, sir?

– jpt

At Tapper…. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/

meanwhile The News Hour with Solman is doing a long segment (filmed in St Louis which has a lot of WPA works still operating) on how extensive FDR’s TEN YEARS of New Deal works, WPA and related, were… 3.5 of GDP thru those 10 years… where as now we have 2.5 of GDP for

wait

hold on

Two Years.

I feel the warm wind of recovery. Or the warm wind of something.

catnip - 27 April 2009

He was “furious”? And what kind of look did that involve? This one, maybe?

BooHooHooMan - 27 April 2009

LOL. Jeezis. There’s — our response is in no way hindered or hampered by not having a permanent secretary at HHS right now.

Gibbs might as well have continued: Everybody knows we don’t DO anything. The Cabinet is utterly superfluous as is – let’s be candid now – the president himself. We’re basically here for , well… the people who ah ~ get stuff.

Jobs, Defense contracts, Kickbacks to and from Wall Street and the Corporations. and so forth..

What a smug shit for a doof.

GIBBS: Well, we’d rather not have a swine flu. (Calling on someone else:) Yes, sir.

So he tries the stiff arm. The little friendly flipper, a classic D move. Thing is, Gibbs is weak. The Blow Off never works for long, but it is such a pathetic attempt by this guy. Hardly the tenacity of GOP spokes, when political push comes to shove, he’s just another pushover Democrat.

Well, the 100 day Anniversary is over in a few days. Not soon enough. They are going to be the frozen dead chums even some of their now close “friends” will cannibalize this winter…”Increasing Frustration with Embattled White House” the common lede…

GM to cut 21,000 jobs..Iraq melting down… Pakistan…Bond Market Problems and CDS Tsunami still yet to make landfall…

—> running for their political lives come this winter <—
Rahm will bring in either a genuine hardass, advocate, or charmer. In any case, someone respected by the press. Gibbs is none of it. He is mush.

marisacat - 27 April 2009

I am sorry to say that Ari Fleischer was one of the best. Snow who just walked thru it somehow commanded all that weird “love” (til he died) and Perino was very slick and filled out the last weeks/months.

But I want Gibbs to stay around. He is just such a good exemplar. Esp for a administration totally and completely in thrall to photo ops (AF 1 has been hijacked over Manhattan!!) and headlines.

8. marisacat - 27 April 2009

Can we call it Felonious Assualt with a WMD?

The Government’s Plane Scare Was A Felony

John Carney|Apr. 27, 2009, 3:12 PM|50

The decision to secretly authorize Air Force One and a fighter jet to perform a low-level fly-by that sent New Yorkers and office workers in Jersey City fleeing for their lives may be a felony under New Jersey law.

After circling above the Hudson River, the planes made a terrifying turn toward the tower that houses offices of Goldman Sachs, according to eyewitnesses. Office workers in New Jersey’s Jersey City literally sprinted away from windows, fearing the plane would ram their building.

New Jersey law makes “terroristic threats” a felony. In the circumstances described above, the plane’s flight may be a third-degree felony. …snip…

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marisacat - 27 April 2009

A comment from the thread.

Oops said: Apr. 27, 5:15 PM

In addition to approving this “mission”, Mr. Caldera also served on the board of IndyMac (according to Wikipedia), which didn’t workout so well either.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2009

they only hire the best (connected) hacks.

9. BooHooHooMan - 27 April 2009

Oh this is gettin some legs.
And they ain’t Janie’s..

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2009

Gibbs fiddled with the klieg lights while the fevers burned

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2009

btw, that scanner in the picture at the top is creepy.

marisacat - 27 April 2009

Isn’t it?

A lot of psychic drift in that image.

12. marisacat - 27 April 2009

obviously i am behind on the news… apparently markoff also contacted transexuals via craigslist… and exchanged explicit photos [so the story goes].

no wonder suddenly the wedding was off…

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2009

Swine Flu Fun Facts

Naturally, then, I have spent the weekend geeking the hell out over this whole looming-threat-to-civilization thing. In between obsessive reading and some interviews conducted for National Geographic News, I’ve come up with a few tidbits of information I thought y’all might find as fascinating as I did.

Why It’s Called “Swine Flu”
By now, you’ve probably heard about the fact that this particular strain is basically a genetic tossed salad of pig, bird and human flu virus. So why is the pig part getting all the “glory”? According to Andrew Pekosz, over at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, it’s because the two genes most important to determining whether humans are immune and what level of protection they have (that’d be the “H” and the “N” in H1N1, by the way) happen to be ones that came from porcine flu strains. We call this chimera “Swine Flu” because that’s where it got the genes that really matter most to our health.

On a related note, the AP is reporting that an Israeli Deputy Health Minister is vehemently opposed to the name, because he finds the pig reference religiously offensive.

marisacat - 27 April 2009

My news, locally tonight, said that they have traced it back to the first victim, who recovered, a 4 year old in Oaxaca, State of Veracruz (as NYCO said earlier).

ALSO the area had been protesting contamination from big pig farms… and run off filth and whatever else. Water contamination…

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2009
NYCO - 27 April 2009

Actually, the place in Veracruz is called La Gloria (Oaxaca being separate state in Mexico).

(And BTW I am so very proud that I recently learned the names of the Mexican states that border the U.S.! I iz educated now.)

marisacat - 27 April 2009

yes the news reporter corrected himself after a bit…

lucid - 27 April 2009

Hmm… now that heightens my suspicions even more… all sorts of crap in pig farm water contamination can cause severe cell stress and death…

marisacat - 27 April 2009

I just heard it is a Smithfield farm too…

marisacat - 28 April 2009

it’s a million pigs at that facility.

No way no how. It shouldn’t be allowed.

14. marisacat - 27 April 2009

Nothing about this damned plane over NYC and NJ makes sense. IF it was a ”photo op” (and are there governmental photos then?), why did they need Manhattan? Could this get dumber?

Sketchy as hell.

And the videos of people evacuating are awful.

NYCO - 28 April 2009

I certainly can believe it was governmental stupidity. That’s tough to fake!

The photo op was designed to show Air Force One against a patriotic background. Similar pictures have been done of the plane at Mount Rushmore. The story is that the White House wanted the photo updated. So, off to the Statue of Liberty it was.

Haven’t these people ever heard of Photoshop?!

marisacat - 28 April 2009

I think it shows how little 911, in terms of people on the ground or the dead and maimed matter to ANYONE in government, at the top.

Across two administrations.

There was even a weasel blither out during the night that HAD anyone been informed it would have ”broken security on a classified matter”. Lordy.

These were propaganda shots. I suppose needed as that is a new AF 1 since the last shots were produced. I saw the ones over the Grand Canyon… “El Heife” as represented by his plane, lords over it all. And not needed in my opinion.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2009
16. catnip - 27 April 2009

CBC teevee reporter from Jerusalem said the health minister there doesn’t like the name “swine” flu because of the uncleanliness of pork/religious stuff so he wants to call it “Mexican” flu. Oy vey. Can everybody please stay on the same page?

marisacat - 27 April 2009

hmm I Just caught a US dr… dramatically speaking from a pig pen as it happens… saying that our reaction is weaker as we, us USA Norte Americanos, were exposed to the H1N1 in The Spanish Flu…. hmmm so would some level of immunity persist all those decades…? (I sure have no idea)

He says we will be dropping like flies if and when H5N1, the avian version, does a leap and goes human to human.

NYCO - 28 April 2009

Personally, I think calling it swine flu is insulting to the pigs, since we’re not sure if they had anything to do with it.

“Mexican flu” seems fairer (and following the pattern of Spanish Flu, named for *apparent* country of origin), although the Mexican government is blaming it on America.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2009

The hole in the political landscape

One way to think about the political impact of the GFC is to look at the range of political positions it’s rendered untenable. This range is large, encompassing, in the US context, everyone from Bill Clinton to Newt Gingrich. More generally, it covers anyone who embraced the claim that a US-style economic system, as of, say, 1995-2005, was the best that had ever been seen anywhere, and could only be improved by making government smaller and/or more business-like.

Minus the US-specific triumphalism, this range includes the positions held by most major political leaders in the developed world at the time the crisis erupted, notably including both George Bush and Barack Obama. It covers anyone who saw the growth of the financial sector and the explosion of global financial transactions as beneficial and who regarded with equanimity phenomena like the growth of inequality and the decline of trade unions which both resulted from and reinforced these trends. Virtually everyone holding this view downplayed or disregarded the looming crisis until it exploded in late 2008.

A critical assumption underlying these views was that the system was stable enough to maintain equilibrium without substantial government intervention and without collapsing into crisis. As far as I can tell, no one seriously argues this in relation to the current financial crisis. There are those who argue that the kind of massive intervention we’ve seen shouldn’t be undertaken and/or will only make things worse. But, AFAIK, no one seriously suggests that, without intervention the system could right itself fairly fast and return to the situation prevailing in, say, 2006.

What are the implications of the collapse of such a large section of the political landscape, both for those who formerly occupied it, and for the rest of us?

Whatever their original position, politicians who actually have to manage national economies have scrambled to find some tenable ground to the left of the chasm that has opened under them, whether this means nationalising financial institutions (Bush was actually the first to do this, I think), taking over financial markets (Ruddbank for example), large-scale Keynesian stimulus packages (Rudd, Obama) or raising taxes on the rich as a first step to paying off the bills that are now piling up (Obama, Brown, hopefully Rudd in the near future).

Unsurprisingly, the immediate reaction (most evident in the Geithner plan) has been to aim for the minimal possible shift, in the hope that as much as possible of the status quo ante can be restored when the crisis is over. But it should be obvious by now that large and irreversible changes are already underway. Rudd has probably gone further than most in recognising this, at least in rhetorical terms.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2009
19. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2009
20. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2009

360+ same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses; most in Polk Co.

As final numbers come in from county recorders, at least 360 same-sex couples have applied for marriage licenses in Iowa, with the heaviest concentrations in Linn, Polk, Scott and Johnson counties, according to information collected by The Des Moines Register. The tally so far includes 26 out-of-state couples, according to a survey of county recorders. The Register is still gathering its data, but afternoon figures show that the greatest number of applications so far is in Polk County, which has logged 83. Johnson County has seen 40 applications so far, Scott County has seen at least 18, and 40 couples have applied for marriage licenses in Linn County. Today was the first day same-sex couples could since the April 3 Iowa Supreme Court opinion that struck down a state law that said marriage was only between a man and a woman.

Shelley Wolfe, 38, and Melisa Keeton, 31, were the first gay couple in Polk County to marry under the new ruling.

They applied for their marriage license this morning then immediately got a judge to waive the standard three-day waiting period. They wanted to get married quickly, because Keeton is 25 weeks pregnant. They’ve been together nearly three years.

“For us, while I’m only 25 weeks pregnant, already into the third trimester, I’ve had a lot of medical issues,” said Keeton, who was waiting in line to have their marriage license notarized. “To me it’ll be a lot less stressful because we’ll have legal rights. Really, today is about making it legal.”

They have one son, Baxter, who’ll turn 3 in June. The women had a religious ceremony in 2007, but it lacked legal standing.

On the steps just south of the Polk County building, their pastor, Rev. Peg Esperanza of the Church of the Holy Spirit, stood between the two women. A half-moon of 20 news cameras surrounded them. It was just past 10 a.m.

The pastor cleared her throat. “We are gathered here in the presence of witnesses for the purposes of uniting in matrimony Shelley and Melisa,” she began, as camera shutters fired. “Your lives, girls, have already been entwined as a loving unit. The contract of marriage is most solemn and is not to be entered into lightly but thoughtfully and seriously with a deep realization of its obligations and its responsibility. No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those that you are about to make today.

“Many couples give up on their marriages because they do not understand how to stand against the enemies of marriage, of which pride and selfish self-centeredness are two of the worst enemies.”

Wolfe and Keeton grabbed each other’s hands.

“Melisa, repeat after me,” Esperanza said.

“I take you, Shelley, to be my lawfully wedded eternal companion,” Keeton said, following the pastor’s lead. “I promise to love and comfort you, honor and keep you, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, for better or for worse, and to be faithful to you as long as we both shall live.”

They exchanged rings. They smiled and laughed. Esperanza made the sign of the cross.

“By the power vested in me by God and the state of Iowa, I now pronounce that you are legally married. What God has joined together, let no one come between. Congratulations!”

They kissed. Wolfe’s twin brother signed the marriage license. The whole ceremony took less than five minutes.

21. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 April 2009
22. marisacat - 27 April 2009

The NYT now is soliciting personal accounts of Swine Flu…. – about 15 comments so far…

LINK

23. marisacat - 27 April 2009

Hey hey…. via The Guardian

Krystian Zimerman, the great Polish concert pianist, is usually a man of few words. He doesn’t, as a rule, talk to the audience during performances. He says little or nothing in the press between his all-too-rare concert tours – not even about his habit of travelling everywhere with his own Steinway grand piano. He rarely grants them the pleasure of an encore.

So he triggered more than the usual rumble of discomfort when he raised his voice in the closing stages of a recital at Los Angeles’ Disney Hall on Sunday night and announced he would no longer perform in the United States in protest against Washington’s military policies.

“Get your hands off my country,” Zimerman told the stunned crowd in a denunciation of US plans to install a missile defence shield on Polish soil. Some people cheered, others yelled at him to shut up and keep playing. A few dozen walked out, some of them shouting obscenities.

“Yes,” Zimerman responded with derision, “some people when they hear the word military start marching.” …snip…

Obviously we feared death by musical note:

At least some of his opprobrium appears to be personal. Shortly after 9/11, his piano was confiscated by customs officials at New York’s JFK airport, who thought the glue smelled funny. They subsequently destroyed the instrument.

For several years he chose to travel with just the mechanical insides of his own piano and install them – he is a master piano repairer, as well as player – inside a Steinway shell he borrowed from the company in New York. In 2006 he tried to travel with his own piano again, only to have it held up in customs for five days and disrupt his performance schedule.

In between the two snips, he’s apparently had it with USA!! USA!!!!, whether Busheiter or ObRama.

24. marisacat - 27 April 2009

Guardian has a story up about the early, February, illnesses in La Gloria Vercruz full of denials from Smithfield:

Swine flu can be caught through contact with infected animals, but it is unclear if contact with flies or excrement has the same effect.

A La Gloria resident who spoke to the Guardian on condition of anonymity yesterday described how illness swept through the village. “Some people started getting ill in February and an eight-month-old baby died,” she said. “After that another baby died on 21 March. Suddenly most of the village got ill. It was weekend and the tiny clinic here was closed. The state health authorities then did send doctors and nurses to look after us, and give us medication. About 60% of the village were ill and we asked them what it was and they said it was a severe and atypical cold. We talked about influenza and they said that was impossible, that influenza had been eradicated from Mexico.”

Smithfield, which is led by pork baron Joseph W Luter III, has previously been fined for environmental damage in the US. In October 2000 the supreme court upheld a $12.6m (£8.6m) fine levied by the US environmental protection agency which found that the company had violated its pollution permits in the Pagan River in Virginia which runs towards Chesapeake Bay. The company faced accusations that faecal and other bodily waste from slaughtered pigs had been dumped directly into the river since the 1970s . …snip…

marisacat - 27 April 2009

Some more from that link:

[T]he outbreak of respiratory illness in the area of the Granjas Carroll plant was first detected at the beginning of this month by Veratect, a company based in Washington state which monitors the spread of disease and pandemics around the world for corporate clients.

On 6 April it reported local officials had declared a health alert. According to its dispatch: “Sources characterised the event as a ‘strange’ outbreak of acute respiratory infection, which led to pneumonia in some paediatric cases. Health officials recorded 400 cases that sought medical treatment in the last week in La Gloria, which has a population of 3,000; officials indicated that 60% of the town’s population, approximately 1,800 cases, has been affected.”

Local health officials established a health cordon around La Gloria and the monitoring company reported that officials launched a spraying and cleaning operation that targeted the fly suspected to be the disease carrier. “State health officials also implemented a vaccination campaign against influenza, although sources noted physicians ruled out influenza as the cause of the outbreak,” it said.

25. marisacat - 27 April 2009

HA! ABC turns to Dr Oz of Oprah fame… but he does say that the next 7 days are critical (automatic sound byte!)… if the numbers keep bouncing up. If they plateau, then we hit some portal and it will taper off slowly.

Well… Nightline is off to La Gloria. “In search of Patient Zero”.

26. marisacat - 27 April 2009

No wonder there is confusion with the reporters… Nightline is off, it seems, to Oaxaca and NOT to La Gloria…for what, from samples sent to Winnipeg, was a “first”, a mother of 3 named Gutierrez, now deceased… and handily Oaxaca is not a pig farming area. Whew! Smithfield dodges the bullet — with ABC.

27. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2009

I knew it was coming.

Morning Joe is one of the “mainstream” places the right tests out their latests attacks. Today they’re talking about Reid being “the next Daschle” … using effing Richard Shelby to push it (Shelby being the very model of a ‘reasonable Republican’ *cough*). They’re whining b/c of the whole “reconcilliation” thing being used to push healthcare through.

Oh, please Republicans, make my day and knock off that fucking old hack.

marisacat - 28 April 2009

yes please take Reid away.. it matters now how

28. NYCO - 28 April 2009

One thing is for sure: however virulent this flu outbreak is, the political and economic maneuvering is sure to be ten times as virulent. Nobody’s in charge of the world any more, so this should be “fun.” This actually is more dangerous as an economic destabilizer (looking at it from the G7 point of view) than as a public health or social destabilizer.

Just another stress surge, roiling an already stressed system. Not a good day for globalization.

29. marisacat - 28 April 2009

Someone at Ernst and YOung NYC office tested positive for the SF….

Interestingly the early am news here says that some tested in San Jose, including one man who had been very ill, tested negative.

Apparently we are now able to test for the strain over in Richmond in the East Bay, they have been sent the materials or kits or whatever it is…

marisacat - 28 April 2009

OOPS! No! Now E&Y says no… they don’t know if she has SF.

Don’t let them add your money numbers for you… ;)

NYCO - 28 April 2009

Marisacat, when you use SF as an acronym I keep thinking you mean “San Francisco” :-)

Anyhow, this is rapidly approaching a global free-for-all…

Egypt: Parliament calls on government to cull all pigs to prevent swine influenza. Pig farms in Cairo being moved outside city.

(There are pigs in Egypt?!)

This whole pandemic or “pandemic” is becoming an excuse for people all over the world to do whatever the hell they want to do. I mean, it’s not as if many people in Egypt probably even like pigs anyway…

It reminds me of the classic scene from Airplane! where Lesley Nielsen says “Everyone remain calm” and then everyone proceeds to go shithouse bananas in their own special ways. (I especially enjoyed the Hare Krishna dude running up and down the aisle aimlessly.)

lucid - 28 April 2009

Same with all ‘medical crises’… Slaughter the chickens! Slaughter the cows! Slaughter the birds! Slaughter the insects! Irradiate the food! Outlaw Organic farming! Give sick people drugs that make them sicker or kill them! But no, Don’t ever try to investigate what’s making people sick in the first place…

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2009

you forgot “SLAUGHTER REASON!”

30. marisacat - 28 April 2009

LAT has a somewhat expanded telling of the 4 y/o victim who lives, in Veracruz state… AND of the first who died, Mrs Gutierrez in Oaxaca. She was a census taker, going door to door.

31. BooHooHooMan - 28 April 2009

LMAO. Specter to Jump Ship to D’s afterall.

How could he do this to me? LOL.

I just called Specter’s Office in DC- It’s DEFINITO.
I asked is he going to vote for the EFCA-
Answer from staffer- ” he remains OPPOSED to the EFCA.

I said ” Well good luck with that – He’ll make a GREAT Democrat.”
And hung up. LMAO.

catnip - 28 April 2009

(Because I just got up and am too lazy to google it), why is he leaving the GOP now, after all these years? Is he taking his magic bullet theory with him?

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2009

b/c every poll shows he’ll get his ass kicked in the Rethug primary.

hey, now that you mention it, maybe the magic bullet hit a swine {it did hit Gov Connally, now that I think about it) along the way, slipped through a rip in the fabric of space/time and reappeared in Mexico last week.

marisacat - 28 April 2009

it was a wide point spread… I don’t know much at all of PA doings… so I have no idea where the big spread came from … conservative pundits and others did dine out on some of his votes. Maybe it had an effect…

32. BooHooHooMan - 28 April 2009

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think Bull shit works better. (9+ / 0-)

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I don’t want him in my party. I was looking forward to beating Toomey next year with a REAL democrat. :roll:

This is not good. I hope a he loses to a real Dem in the primary.

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Followed by athletic advise from grandma.

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Keep your eye on the ball… (11+ / 0-)

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…this is more than just a symbolic blow to the GOP. This is 60 votes, right now, until Nov 2010. :roll:

Obama’s moving on his agenda right now. Don’t underestimate how much this helps him do that.

And…as he “represents the interests of Pennsylvania” now instead of the GOP, I think it’ll make him a lot more open to public pressure.

More pluses than minuses here.

“The revolution’s just an ethical haircut away…” Billy Bragg

by grannyhelen on Tue Apr 28, 2009 at 09:21:59 AM PDT

And Markos

Update II: It’s official. His statement is below the fold. Interestingly, he remains a foe of EFCA, which means that labor is free to fund and help a real Democrat :roll: in the Democratic primary. Bizarre choice. Had he decided to back EFCA, as he has always done so in the past, he’d have labor’s full support. Now, he gives the opposition an opening to take him out in the Democratic primary.

Still , …with a pulse, Specter’s ass is LAMINATED to his seat in the Senate. With help from the D’s. It saves them the embarrassment of laying down for him in yet another general election.

Oh the machinations we will see .. in the Dems embrace …
and Arlen going on about how its “a matter of principle”…

33. catnip - 28 April 2009

2 cases of swine flu confirmed in Alberta. Where’s my mask??

I wonder if TEH SNOW we’re getting today will kill the virus.

And it would be nice if TEH HEATZ was working. (waiting for a new gas valve later today)

34. NYCO - 28 April 2009

Here’s what’s troubling about the swine flu reports: We have yet to get any sense of what’s developing in Africa. India also. If this is everywhere, it’s everywhere, not just in Far Asia and the West.

35. catnip - 28 April 2009

Container of swine virus explodes on Swiss train

ZURICH (Reuters) – A container of flu virus samples packed in dry ice exploded on a Swiss train, injuring one person but posing no other risks to humans, police said on Tuesday.

The box held vials of swine flu virus, although a different strain than the H1N1 variety that has caused about 150 deaths in Mexico and infected people in the United States, Canada, Spain and Britain.

A technician was transporting the container on Monday night to the Swiss national flu centre in Geneva, where scientists are developing a flu test for humans, police said.

One woman was hurt when the box exploded in reaction to the dry ice used to keep the samples cold.

After consulting virus specialists, the police decided to stop the St. Gallen to Geneva train before it entered the station in Lausanne.

The virus specialists confirmed that the samples being transported posed no risks to humans, police said.

Really?

catnip - 28 April 2009

[insert Snakes on a Plane reference here]

Motherfucking flu on a motherfucking train!

Intermittent Bystander - 28 April 2009

Exploding motherfucking virus!

“So sorry, the dry ice blew up the beer cooler. My bad!”

Straight out of the Onion, for crying out loud.

36. NYCO - 28 April 2009

LA medical office investigating two possible flu-related deaths (30 year old man, 45 year old man). Might explain why Ahnuld declared a state of emergency for Cali.

marisacat - 28 April 2009

well thank goodness we got in-state testing! They even said sending samples to ATL “takes time”.

Fed Ex anyone?

marisacat - 28 April 2009

Whew! Word is back! they did not die of Mexican Schwein Flue.

the numbers did grow in the town outside of Sacto tho… more children ill.. at the school.

catnip - 28 April 2009

We’ve renamed the flu here in Canada: ‘schwing’ flu in honour of Mike Meyers.

Intermittent Bystander - 28 April 2009

Sounds so much better, already!

Kind of pulls the rug out from under the Erectile-Dysfunction-Drug-Overdose-Death-Support groups’s chances for the name.

37. catnip - 28 April 2009

Lieberman/Specter ’16!

Send money now!

metawarrior - 28 April 2009

i was actually just creating an ActBlue page for Arlen but am stuck on a title. Progressives for Arlen? Netroots for Specter.

Lets see the rubes part with some more cash and put that money where there mouth is.

marisacat - 28 April 2009

Net nutz for old white guy.

Intermittent Bystander - 28 April 2009

How ’bout “Stuff the Old Gift (Trojan) Horse in the Mouth, with Cash!”

marisacat - 28 April 2009

I like that one!

Intermittent Bystander - 28 April 2009

Is Specter’s home life really so bad? Can he not just hang it up and go write a book or whatever already?

Nooooooooo. He’s gotta go in for the Full Double Reverse Senatorial Strom!

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2009

“Pennsylvanians who will vote for anything”?

38. catnip - 28 April 2009

New word: Specteracle

marisacat - 28 April 2009

Quel Specteracle!

39. marisacat - 28 April 2009

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreaking News!

Bo gets walked by the same WH [side work, he is one of the horticulturalists] dog walker used by a whole line of pretzels. Since Nixon. I will add that under some pretzels he was allowed to say so (and discuss dog bathing and whatever else too).

Now he is “spotted” doing the dastardly deed.

[W]hite House officials say that Mr. Haney is “helping out.”

Mr. Haney, who has tended the White House gardens as well as its dogs, for more than three decades, was unavailable for comment. White House officials say he is not doing any interviews right now. (Maybe he’s too busy walking the dog?)

Cuz you know the farm family living there now all has “chores”… no servile help for them! Just a few months ago they were tending to their own privet hedges in a farm district, SS Chicago.

Reminds me of HIllary, too nasty to admit she had [paid] help on that goddam dumb book… children/village

catnip - 28 April 2009

Haney? I didn’t know he was still alive.
;)

marisacat - 28 April 2009

he is………….

40. metawarrior - 28 April 2009

the specteracle forced me to monitor kos today. amazed at all the contortions. so many threads popping up about what a great guy he is and how WE MUST NOT primary him. shouts of purity troll thrown about liberally. going after specter could lose the entire state and not leave any money for important races elsewhere. i mean really, we know all the catchicisms. i would say the operatives are out in force. at the very least I would be offended that all of this went down with backroom deals and quid pro quos with entrenched party machines BEHIND THE FUCKING GATES.

Booman’s KoolAid was too watered down because he aint getting on the crazy train – yet. Havent checked on the rest of the Pennsylvania Mafia.

marisacat - 28 April 2009

oh and no extracted deals from Specter… he will vote as he has. Often not with a so called Dem congress. Unions lost out.. among others. But! they will be true to the their football quarterback! And to the coach! Loyalty is all that matters!

catnip - 28 April 2009

No consensus from that bunch until their regularly scheduled Drink Liberally. That’s where the real (drunk) strategerizing happens.

marisacat - 28 April 2009

maybe Adam Bonin/whoever hasn’t called him yet… 8O Told him what to think..

41. metawarrior - 28 April 2009

Sestack is running. Bet on it! On ths Shutlz show now.

42. marisacat - 28 April 2009

Catnip Alert!

CA has brought down a tour bus of French Canadians… near Soledad. Fatalities…

43. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2009

Interesting … “Swine Flu Hemagglutinin”: amino acid sequence as ambient music

The algorithm I used is a bit complicated, but just in case you’re curious: since the gene is expressed as a surface protein antibodies can sense, it’s considered as a string of amino acids. Each beat corresponds to one amino acid, and the piece is in 3/4 time, so each six measures would correspond to five turns around the alpha structure. (I’m weaseling because I haven’t the foggiest idea how the protein actually gets folded.) Amino acids with side chains that are neither aromatic not aliphatic control the piano and organ: the nine non-hydrophobics the piano, and the four hydrophobics the organ. The three amino acids with aliphatic side chains control the low synthesizer, while the four with aromatics control the percussion. Strictly speaking, this is a version of swine flu hemagglutinin, FJ966952

44. marisacat - 28 April 2009

Schweine Flew in Marin! And Santa Clara. Confirmed.

45. marisacat - 28 April 2009

neue thred

LINK

[Madman I carried the SF comment forward]

,,,,,,,,,,,,, 8O …………….


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