Thursday, April 30, 2009
Phase 5 indicates that there is evidence of the virus being spread from human-to-human in at least two countries in one WHO region. Phase 6, the pandemic phase, is characterised by increased and sustained transmission in the general population.
Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would not recommend taking any commercial flight or riding in a subway car "at this point" because swine flu virus can spread "in confined places." A little more than one hour later, Biden rushed out a statement backing off.
"I would tell members of my family — and I have — I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now," Biden said on NBC's "Today" show.. "It's not that it's going to Mexico. It's [that] you're in a confined aircraft. When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft. That's me. …
"So, from my perspective, what it relates to is mitigation. If you're out in the middle of a field when someone sneezes, that's one thing. If you're in a closed aircraft or closed container or closed car or closed classroom, it's a different thing."
The White House quickly arranged for Biden to make this statement through a spokesperson.
"On the Today Show this morning, the vice president was asked what he would tell a family member who was considering air travel to Mexico this week. The advice he is giving family members is the same advice the administration is giving to all Americans: that they should avoid unnecessary air travel to and from Mexico. If they are sick, they should avoid airplanes and other confined public spaces, such as subways. This is the advice the vice president has given family members who are traveling by commercial airline this week. As the president said just last night, every American should take the same steps you would take to prevent any other flu: Keep your hands washed; cover your mouth when you cough; stay home from work if you're sick and keep your children home from school if they're sick."
Host Matt Lauer had asked the vice president: "This is by no means a 'gotcha' type of question. … But if a member of your family came to you … and said, 'Look, I want to go on a commercial airliner to Mexico, and back within the next week,' would you think it's a good idea?" Biden made it unmistakably clear he would not want his family to make any trips on planes or subways.
These sorts of comments are what the Obama administration fears from Biden, who after more than three decades in Washington is known for making gaffes.
As the World Health Organization raised its infectious disease alert level Wednesday and health officials confirmed the first death linked to swine flu inside U.S. borders, scientists studying the virus are coming to the consensus that this hybrid strain of influenza -- at least in its current form -- isn't shaping up to be as fatal as the strains that caused some previous pandemics.
In fact, the current outbreak of the H1N1 virus, which emerged in San Diego and southern Mexico late last month, may not even do as much damage as the run-of-the-mill flu outbreaks that occur each winter without much fanfare.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A Rotolo Middle School student has a probable case of Swine Influenza. Based on the recommendation of the Kane County Health Department, ROTOLO MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009. As a preventative measure to stop the transmission of infection, students and faculty are not to report to school until Monday, May 4, 2009.
All student activities, practices and meetings planned for Rotolo Middle School are canceled until Monday, May 4, 2009. This includes all away, extracurricular activities as well as any building usage by community members during this time period.
Students and adults who demonstrate Influenza symptoms should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Symptoms include:
· Fever, chills
· Sore throat, cough
· Nausea, vomiting
The Center for Disease Control also recommends that all parties are encouraged to avoid group activities, until further communication is provided.
Yes, the family had traveled to Mexico recently. Hopefully the student will make a full recovery and no one else gets it. Benjy says that we should close our school down as well, you know, as a safety precaution.
Nice try, kiddo!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
By Mary Ann Glendon
Monday, April 27, 2009, 9:32 AM
April 27, 2009
The Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
University of Notre Dame
Dear Father Jenkins,
When you informed me in December 2008 that I had been selected to receive Notre Dame's Laetare Medal, I was profoundly moved. I treasure the memory of receiving an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1996, and I have always felt honored that the commencement speech I gave that year was included in the anthology of Notre Dame's most memorable commencement speeches. So I immediately began working on an acceptance speech that I hoped would be worthy of the occasion, of the honor of the medal, and of your students and faculty.
Last month, when you called to tell me that the commencement speech was to be given by President Obama, I mentioned to you that I would have to rewrite my speech. Over the ensuing weeks, the task that once seemed so delightful has been complicated by a number of factors.
First, as a longtime consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I could not help but be dismayed by the news that Notre Dame also planned to award the president an honorary degree. This, as you must know, was in disregard of the U.S. bishops' express request of 2004 that Catholic institutions "should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles" and that such persons "should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions." That request, which in no way seeks to control or interfere with an institution's freedom to invite and engage in serious debate with whomever it wishes, seems to me so reasonable that I am at a loss to understand why a Catholic university should disrespect it.
Then I learned that "talking points" issued by Notre Dame in response to widespread criticism of its decision included two statements implying that my acceptance speech would somehow balance the event:
• "President Obama won't be doing all the talking. Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, will be speaking as the recipient of the Laetare Medal."
• "We think having the president come to Notre Dame, see our graduates, meet our leaders, and hear a talk from Mary Ann Glendon is a good thing for the president and for the causes we care about."
A commencement, however, is supposed to be a joyous day for the graduates and their families. It is not the right place, nor is a brief acceptance speech the right vehicle, for engagement with the very serious problems raised by Notre Dame's decision—in disregard of the settled position of the U.S. bishops—to honor a prominent and uncompromising opponent of the Church's position on issues involving fundamental principles of justice.
Finally, with recent news reports that other Catholic schools are similarly choosing to disregard the bishops' guidelines, I am concerned that Notre Dame's example could have an unfortunate ripple effect.
It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Laetare Medal or participate in the May 17 graduation ceremony.
In order to avoid the inevitable speculation about the reasons for my decision, I will release this letter to the press, but I do not plan to make any further comment on the matter at this time.
Yours Very Truly,
Mary Ann Glendon
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I've had to deal with three not-so-stellar seasons, as of late, which caused Mike Shanahan to lose his job. Anyway, the offense is/was AWESOME. Ranked number 2, in fact. However their defense was rather porous.
Today is draft day in the world of the NFL, and Denver had two first round picks, in part because the new coach McDaniels had a little tiff with the starting quarterback, Jay Cutler, and had him traded to the Bears for their first round pick, this year and next, plus a number three and Kyle Orton. They acquired three more running backs during the off-season, and some defensive backs during free agency.
Cool, that means that we are going to just have to concentrate on defensive linemen and linebackers, right?
They picked one, defensive lineman in their first five picks.
The remaining four were, get this, a running back, two defensive backs, and a tight end.
I wonder what Mike Shanahan is thinking right now?
Probably just a little chuckle, I'm sure.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Check this out, the Vatican has decided to "improve" relations with the United States, by going Nuclear...
Dateline Vatican - In a truly stunning development, the Vatican today announced that it has begun development on its own nuclear program.
A Vatican spokesman today announced that the Vatican is currently operating 3,000 centrifuges within the confines of Vatican City as part of an effort to develop nuclear power. Monsignor TJ Kong said, "It is important that the Vatican becomes energy independent. This is, of course, entirely for peaceful purposes. However if we decided to develop nuclear weapons that would be our right. But at this time, Project Holy Fire is entirely peaceful in nature."
Leaders across the world were shocked by the announcement of Project Holy Fire and are left wondering whether Vatican scientists have the technology to develop a nuclear weapon. A high ranking EU official speaking on the condition of anonymity says they do. "
Remember, the Church invented modern science and who knows what kind of information they have in those Vatican archives?"
International reaction was swift. While the Obama administration had previously shown little respect to the little City State, (championing abortion on demand, forcing the removal of Christian symbols before speaking at Catholic Universities, attempting to remove freedom of conscience for Catholic health care workers and adoption agencies, funding the destruction of embryos, and repeatedly trying to nominate a pro-choice ambassador) it seems to have its attention now...
Go on, read the rest.
In other "news," apparently, my size has caused the earth to warm up, seriously. Okay, well these "scientists" are serious, or at least playing the serious one in the news.
THE rising number of fat people was yesterday blamed for global warming.
Scientists warned that the increase in big-eaters means more food production — a major cause of CO2 gas emissions warming the planet.
Overweight people are also more likely to drive, adding to environmental damage.
Dr Phil Edwards, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “Moving about in a heavy body is like driving in a gas guzzler.”
Each fat person is said to be responsible for emitting a tonne more of climate-warming carbon dioxide per year than a thin one.
It means an extra BILLION TONNES of CO2 a year is created, according to World Health Organisation estimates of overweight people.
The scientists say providing extra grub for them to guzzle adds to carbon emissions that heat up the world, melting polar ice caps, raising sea levels and killing rain forests...
More at the link, if you can stomach it. Good thing I have another reason to lose my weight - saving the planet!
Finally, this is old news, but it still ain't right.
Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Eat lots of steaks, no doubt.
Oh, and maybe kick some Goa'uld butt.
Granted there may be a drawback, like there is a time limit, because your body will eventually reject your new found abilities - probably right in the middle of an illegal covert operation, no doubt.
On a different, more realistic note, the mighty Blackhawks of Chicago have taken a one game to none lead in their best-of-seven playoff series versus the Flames of Calgary, in overtime. More like twelve seconds into overtime. Let's go Blackhawks!
That will be it for me tonight. I had something else to say, but... I'm distracted, by SG-1 being trapped in a new Goa'uld 'Super-Ship' that is about to self-destruct, and I'm worried about the team, so bye-bye.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I would have captioned them, but Blogger's being a jerk. Sorry.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Speaking of... HAPPY EASTER!!
Uh, stupid pirates? Yeah you guys that allowed yourselves to be seen by American snipers. Bad idea. Are guys know how to shoot, especially when given an opportunity.
Today was a great day, lots of fun with the kids - as it should be.
Really enjoyed Night at the Museum - already watching it for a second time. Dick Van Dyke, as a bad guy... Cool. Mickey Rooney is pretty funny as well.
Good night and have a Blessed Easter!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
For some reason - we suspect that it might be because he wasn't allowed to go on a ski trip a while back (year and a half), so he figured that he would quit, you know, to get back at us.
He's a stubborn one, yes he is.
Anyway... he was talking about how the Boy Scouts have adopted a stretch of the bike path. You know, so that they can clean it up and make everything all nice and litter free. Pretty noble idea, and a good cause, of which I am sure that everyone will agree. Especially with all this "green fever" going around the nation and world. Well, here are some of the requirements...
- Schedule a clean up a minimum of two weeks in advance. I guess that makes sense, right. I mean what says that we love the earth more than to schedule a cleaning day, 2 weeks in advance.
- The boys must use special gloves. That's right, they can't just wear any kind of gloves. They have to be special gloves that probably cost a bit of money. Probably because the bike path is full of toxic waste.
- They also need to use certain bags, wear certain clothes, and whatever other things the government deems important.
- Oh, and they have to pay to do it. Yes, you read that correctly. The volunteers need to pay - I think it's $20, to pick up trash along a bike path, that they adopted to keep clean.
Government, oh how I dislike thee.
Speaking of government stuff. Why, oh why, didn't the Navy blow the Somalian pirate (aka terrorist) ship out of the water, when the Captain jumped out and tried to escape. I mean, the Captain was probably hoping that would happen. Instead, we get a standoff between four Somalians in a life boat and a US Navy Destroyer! Oh yeah, we're still the most powerful country in the world. Now these idiots think that they can get $2 million for him.
Believe it or not, I have way more respect for President Sarkozy of France. At least he had his military go after and kick some butt. Who would have thought it possible, for France's military to show more courage than our own. Heck, I think France has handled two different situations in a similar fashion. Yay France!!
Finally, did you see that PETA wants the Pet Shop Boys to change their name to the Rescue Shelter Boys?
Crazy days indeed.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The Cubs beat the Astro's 11-6.
Chunky needs to lose just a measly fifty pounds, and he can buy himself a Kindle.
I think Chunky is gonna like losing weight. Not to mention the fact that he will probably like the benefits of being fifty pounds (or more!) lighter. Now Chunky wants to know if you would like to see pictures? You know a few before shots to compare to the after shots?
Maybe we should wait on that.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Asgard - Check!
Humor - Check!
Special Effects - Check!
Oh, and we meet the Replicators for the first time! Way cool!
Also, if you can believe it, this is my six hundredth post. Six hundred! Can you believe that I've been rambling on, and on, for six hundred posts? Granted, there have been no Asgard on this blog, but there may very well be, at some point. Especially if I continue to use Stargate SG-1 titles, as the title for blog posts. Did you even notice? Sneaky, aren't I? Oh and I did just start doing that, so in fairness, I didn't give you a chance to notice.
Sorry, surprises aren't my forte!
Humor? Me, funny? Sometimes. Sometimes I'm just a little weird, but hey who isn't, right? Besides, I try not to share the really weird stuff.
I apologize if I seem to be a little disjointed, but this show is cracking me up with Colonel O'Neill's comments, which again brings me back to the humor aspect. I like to laugh - keeps me young, or something like that.
Special effects. I have widgets. In fact, I just added one that shows up at the bottom of every post that will point you to another, interesting post that you might like to try. I'm curious to see how this works, and where it will lead the masses.
Speaking of Mass... Don't forget that this is the holiest week of the year for us Catholic Christians, so go to Mass - it'll do you some good.
As for the Replicators - my technology is too mundane for them, I guess.
Like Nemesis, this to shall be continued*...
*Fair Warning - it doesn't mean that I have anymore to say on this matter, just more of a "I'll be back" kind of thing,
One can only hope that we will be hearing that song more frequently than not. Why you ask? Well, because when the Cubs win, Andy will be playing that song - loudly, if he can get away with it.
Don't you just love baseball season?
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Wait for it.
Coming on down the pike, any time now.
Here it comes...
Not just a few flurries either, but two to four inches of the white fluffy stuff.
Can I get a Hell Yeah!
And you thought Spring was here.
Silly people. Silly, silly people.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Today was a day that I wish I could turn the clocks back and redo it.
Since that isn't possible, I will relive it here.
Not really sure where it went wrong, I mean I woke up in a good mood. Heck, I was even looking forward to going in to work, then came Dunkin' Donuts. I have never seen a line so long there, and it wasn't moving either. So I left, didn't need any donuts anyway.
While at work, I kept getting bummed out and depressed by the news. Our illustrious leader is bowing down to the King of Saudi Arabia, yet wouldn't bow down for the Queen of England, and he's apologizing for our (USA's) arrogance, and he is single handily destroying the principles that this country was built on. Sure, he loves America, just the one that is under an oppressive socialist government.
Then, little miss I-need-to-be-involved-in-everything decided to fray those nerves a little bit more by getting involved in MY stuff. Dude (ette) you work for me, not the other way around. So I left for the home front, where I knew that I had a lot of work ahead of me, for the weekend, but...
I wish that I could say that I blacked out, but unfortunately, I remember it all. Benjy was looking for something, a cable to connect the video camera to the computer, and we couldn't find it, so I asked Andy, and whoops! Daddy turned on the psycho, which got on Momma's nerves.
Needless to say, I was full of some serious assitude*, and I paid for it. Well technically, I'm still paying for it, because Jenni isn't exactly welcome to my charms, and I don't really blame her. I was a bad man.
Then Karma decided to kick my butt. First, I was painting Danny's room - he had a strip of pink from when it used to be Jessie's room that was previously hidden by the Cinderella wallpaper trim. Well, I set the paint down on a shelf, and wouldn't you know it but the shelf decides to fall off the wall, spilling blue paint on the wall, the floor, Danny's 1 year picture, myself.
Then there was the trashcan that I think I somehow broke the springs off of - so I had to look through the full garbage can to find the springs. Found one pretty easy, but ol Mr/Miss Karma kept the other one hidden.
Next up, the soccer game's that Benjy and I were looking forward to tomorrow - canceled. Apparently we got too much rain, and the fields were too wet. Which, of course, means that I will now have plenty of time to get to work on those DIY chores of mine.
I'm sure there is more, but it is too sad to think about - or something like that.
Good night, and hopefully tomorrow will be better.
* Yes, I did take my meds
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The episode is called "Urgo" and it guest stars Dom Deluise as an alien conscience that was implanted into the SG-1 team. More specifically, it is episode 16 of season number 3.
Another great show that I watched tonight was,,, LOST.
We learned a few things; like what Sawyer asked Kate to do before he jumped out from the helicopter. We also learned about what happened to Aaron. I swear that I even glimpsed an older version of Claire, but no one else that I was chatting with, on Plurk, saw it. So maybe it was just my imagination. Then there was Benjamin Linus, young and innocent and shot in the gut by Sayid, well now we know why he is, well, the way he is.
Next week looks to be another real doozy of a show, so we know where I'll be, right?
On that other real popular show, American Idol, my daughter Maggie's favorite singer - Megan - was sent packing. At least Megan, gets to go home to her baby son, which is way more important anyway.
That's it for now,,, C Ya!