Archive for January, 2009

Why Isn’t Anybody Concerned About Kentucky?

At least 42 people have died, including 11 in Kentucky, and conditions are worsening in many places days after an ice storm knocked out power to 1.3 million customers from the Plains to the East Coast. About a million people were still without electric Friday, and with no hope that the lights will come back on soon, small communities are frantically struggling to help their residents.

One county put it bluntly: It can’t.

“We’re asking people to pack a suitcase and head south and find a motel if they have the means, because we can’t service everybody in our shelter,” said Crittenden County Judge-Executive Fred Brown, who oversees about 9,000 people, many of whom are sleeping in the town’s elementary school.

Local officials were growing angry with what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In Grayson County, about 80 miles southwest of Louisville, Emergency Management Director Randell Smith said the 25 National Guardsmen who have responded have no chain saws to clear fallen trees.

“We’ve got people out in some areas we haven’t even visited yet,” Smith said. “We don’t even know that they’re alive.”

Smith said FEMA has been a no-show so far.

“I’m not saying we can’t handle it; we’ll handle it,” Smith said. “But it would have made life a lot easier” if FEMA had reached the county sooner, he said.

FEMA spokeswoman Mary Hudak said some FEMA personnel already are in Kentucky working in the state’s emergency operations center and that more will be arriving in coming days. Hudak said FEMA also has shipped to 50 to 100 generators to the state to supply electricity to facilities like hospitals, nursing homes, and water treatment plants. Read the rest of the story at Yahoo News.

I guess the President is only interested in people doing without electricity for the A/C in the event of a summer storm. Winter loss of power is far more deadly. Of course, that doesn’t fit in with the “stop global warming” meme.

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21-Year-Old Hunan Province Woman Hospitalized with H5N1

A 21-year-old female farmer was confirmed infected with bird flu in central China’s Hunan Province, said the provincial health bureau on Saturday.
The farmer, surnamed Shu, fell ill on January 23 in Xupu County of the province and was hospitalized at the county’s People’s Hospital on January 26, said a statement from the bureau.

Shu was transferred to a hospital in Changsha, capital of the province, on Thursday. So far she has been in a stable condition and become better.

According to the test result on Friday from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the farmer tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.

An investigation found that Shu had contact with fowls that died of disease before becoming sick.

Hunan has launched an emergency response against the virus. Those who had close contact with the patient are under medical observation, but none of them has been found ill so far.

The Health Ministry said it had reported the case to the World Health Organization (WHO) and informed the health authorities of China’s Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and relevant countries.

According to the health department of Hunan province, a patient from Guizhou province was diagnosed to be infected with bird flu in Huaihua of Hunan on January 19, who died a day later.

China reported five deaths from bird flu this year. The rest were a 19-year-old woman in Beijing on January 5, a 27-year-old woman in Shandong on January 17, a 31-year-old woman in Xinjiang on January 23 and an 18-year-old man in Guangxi on January 26.

According to statistics from WHO, China has reported an accumulated number of bird flu cases of 38 since 2003, with 25 deaths. The year 2006 saw the peak of bird flu reports by China, with 13 cases and 8 deaths.

Source: China Daily

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More New Additions

tunis20lambI came home today just ahead of a thunderstorm. I was running around feeding chickens and ducks, letting rams out to eat hay for a couple hours, running feed to momma with ewe lamb, and then running out to the ewe barn as the first raindrops started to fall. I had checked everybody this morning (pre-dawn) before rushing off to work, and everybody “appeared” to be normal. If they were having contractions, they weren’t sharing that with me, unlike the Montadale ewes that I used to have that would moan and groan loudly and need to have their hooves held, so to speak.

I saw a little nose peeking out from a lean-to attached to the side of the ewe barn, and found a ewe with newborn twin ewe lambs inside. Momma had the lambs cleaned, fed, and sheltered. I’ll check her again tonight, but she seems to be doing a fine job and her lil’ girls are already bouncing around playing.

I don’t want to get too celebratory over the three new ewe lambs yet and how this will help me rebuild my dog-ravaged flock; after all, I may come home tomorrow and find that they managed to hang themselves in a fence or drown themselves in a water tub. (Yes, both of these things have happened in the past along with a ewe lamb jumping around an azalea bush and catching her neck in a forked branch and hanging herself, a ewe lamb lying down for a nap on a fire ant bed and succumbing to anaphylactic shock from the bites, and lambs being stepped on and accidentally killed by non-parental ewes or deliberately killed by really bitchy ewes. Since I’ve gotten out of Montadales, I haven’t had any lambs killed by ewes.)

I’m cautiously optimistic that after a couple of years with hardly any ewe lambs born, mother nature may be having mercy on my small flock. *sigh* I hope I’m not jinxing myself.

I’ll post pictures as soon as I can; however, with my commute, I don’t have a lot of time before dark when I get home, and that time is spent running around getting the essentials done before dark.

Saturday I’ve got to make a trip up into middle Georgia, and I’m really worried about the sheep being okay while I’m gone for I have several more pregnant ewes waiting to lamb, and it’s going to be a nasty cold day Saturday, just the sort of weather ewes like to lamb in.

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Hiding China’s Bird Flu Outbreak

An article in Epoch Times mirrors what I’ve been thinking from the wide geographic location of the “sporadic and geographically isolated” bird flu victims:

In December 2008, H5N1 was discovered in chickens in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government killed tens of thousands of birds, but avoided revealing the sources of the chickens under pressure from Chinese authorities. It is widely known that Hong Kong’s live poultry is provided by mainland Chinese suppliers. These birds could not have been infected with the virus after arriving in Hong Kong. This Hong Kong discovery may indicate a massive bird flu breakout in China, one which has been intentionally hidden by the government controlled media.

Unsurprisingly, soon after the Hong Kong breakout, news soon spread throughout the internet that millions of chickens died of H5N1 bird flu in south-eastern China’s Jiangsu Province in November 2008. These reports offered evidence that these dead chickens were simply bleached with hydrogen peroxide and sold to Shanghai, Shandong and Henan provinces.

As authorities continue to conceal this critical information, unscrupulous businesses in China take advantage of the environment, putting the public in unnecessary danger of contacting disease from contaminated sources. Chinese media claimed that a 19-year-girl from Beijing who died on January 5, 2009 was the first victim of the new wave of H5N1 breakout. But was she really the first?

The reported human bird flu cases appeared in different areas of China, which may mean H5N1 has spread to a vast range of areas throughout the country through unregulated channels as diseased chickens go to market. One need only consider the Chinese communist regime recent behavior in covering up SARS to realize that the official government reports might not tell the whole story. It casts serious doubt on the credibility of the claim that there are only four cases of humans contracting the virus. Might they be just the tip of an iceberg?

According to China, there haven’t been any outbreaks of bird flu in poultry. My question was, who is lying? Local officials that are covering up a potential financial disaster due to widespread poultry disease? The health ministry that does not want people (foreigners) to know how serious this outbreak could be? How many people are dying without having been checked for the presence of H5N1?

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21-Year-Old Indonesian Woman Dies of Suspected H5N1

From AFP:

JAKARTA (AFP) — A 21-year-old Indonesian woman has died of suspected bird flu, a doctor said Wednesday.

The woman died on Saturday in Doctor Soetomo Hospital in Surabaya, East Java, after showing bird flu symptoms, said Palilingan, a doctor in the hospital’s avian flu team who like many Indonesians goes by only one name.

“She had breathing difficulties, high fever and lost consciousness,” Palilingan told AFP.

He said the presence of the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus would have to be confirmed after testing of tissue samples.

Two positive results are needed before Indonesian authorities confirm a human bird flu infection.

A health ministry spokeswoman said the ministry had sent experts to check on the condition of poultry in the woman’s village in Tulungagung district, East Java.

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18-Year-Old Guangxi Man Dead From H5N1

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Ministry of Health said a young man had died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu Monday, the fifth reported death this month.

The 18-year-old was admitted to hospital on Jan 24 in Yulin, in the southwestern Guangxi, bordering Vietnam, after falling ill and entering a local clinic in the town of Beiliu three days earlier.

He had contact with dead poultry before falling ill, the Ministry said, adding that people who have been in contact with him have not shown any signs of the illness.

In December, the Ministry of Agriculture reported positive results during routine tests for bird flu among poultry in Jiangsu province, but has not reported an outbreak among poultry for months.

The H5N1 flu remains largely a virus among birds, but experts fear it could mutate into a form that is easily transmitted by humans and spark a pandemic that could kill millions worldwide.

Since the H5N1 virus resurfaced in Asia in 2003 it has infected 399 people worldwide and killed 252 of them, according to World Health Organization data Saturday.

The bird flu deaths in China in January have been scattered across the country in areas where there has been no known outbreak of bird flu among poultry, raising concerns among scientists that the virus may be present but masked by widespread vaccination.

Another victim, a 29-year old man in Guizhou province, is in stable condition, the Xinhua news agency said Monday, while a two-year old girl in a Shanxi hospital is now recovering.

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White House Counselor Greg Craig Defended Terrorists that Killed U.S. Soldiers and Worked With Fidel to Return Elian to Cuba

Read all about it at National Review Online.

So the new White House counsel is a man that sided with a terrorist that murdered U.S. soldiers. If you are currently serving or are former military, you need to think carefully about the Obamanation in the White House.

American prosecutors have long wanted to put González behind bars; the nearly 17-year-old murder charge stands today. But in addition to his family in Panama, González has at least one very well-connected, very influential advocate in the United States: Gregory Craig, the man Barack Obama chose to be the next White House counsel. Craig’s representation of an American soldier’s killer drew scant notice during the 2008 campaign, when Craig was a top Obama adviser. It has drawn little attention since Obama named him White House counsel. And it will probably remain relatively unnoticed as the spotlight focuses on the Obama administration’s economic plan, on the Middle East, and on Iraq.

Basically, the press isn’t going to report on it, and he doesn’t expect you to notice.

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