We’re not dead yet

Wesley Pruden of the Washington Times criticizes the media, WHO and a host of others he blames for a “Pandemic of Panic.”

Here’s a sample:

We haven’t seen a panic quite like this one since the last one. SARS was once thought to be the ultimate panic, though the longest running panic was the AIDS scare, when big media set out to convince us that “now we are all at risk.” SARS was never a threat in the United States, and worth the P-word only in China and even there a risk confined mostly to people who sleep with their chickens. You can step in all manner of unpleasant things in a chicken house.

Prison planet has a theory about Swine flu spread

It’s likely a bioterrorism dry run, according a poster named jeepndesert. Heres’ the lede and a few folo up grafs:

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The latest bioterrorism attack by the New World Order is likely a beta test. Yes, it is a bioterrorism attack. It was a hybrid strain created from human, swine, and bird flu from North America, Europe, and Asia. It was created in a laboratory. This doesn’t happen in nature.

Baxter was caught shipping a weaponized avian bird flu mixed strain in their vaccines last month in Europe. Again, this is proof that this deadly virus was created in a laboratory because they did exactly that last month. Bayer was caught shipping HIV in their drugs in the 80s. Both of these events are published in mainstream newspapers. You can use Google like everyone else to find them.

I predicted this event last month in my documented and linked article when Baxter was caught. If Baxter was trying to do this, they weren’t going to stop trying, especially when Baxter wasn’t even prosecuted for the crime, and the television news was completely silent about it.

It seems someone wasn’t caught this time before they were able to make delivery of the virus. Not that anyone would be prosecuted for bioterrorism. They weren’t prosecuted the previous numerous times where they were caught.

Swine flu ruled out as cause of La Mirada man’s death

The virus was ruled out as a cause in the death of a 45-year-old La Mirada man, said Craig Harvey of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner. The death of a 33-year-old Long Beach man was still being investigated.

Harvey declined to release the names of the two men.

Coroner’s Capt. John Kades earlier Tuesday said tests were being run on two bodies to see if swine flu was a factor in their deaths.

“People also need to know that if they get colds and flu, that’s OK. They should probably not panic,” Garner said. “Go see your local doctor. You don’t need to go running to the emergency room.”

Surprise: California auditor finds waste in state government

Here’s some ways your tax dollars are being wasted by Sacramento bureaucrats, this from the Bureau of state Audits:

State employees and agencies engaged in improper activities, including the following:

  • Wasted $580,000 by leasing office space left vacant for more than four years.
  • Incurred $71,747 in improper commute, lodging, and meal expenses.
  • Failed to report 427 hours of missed work, for which the employee was paid $8,314.
  • Circumvented state civil service rules by arranging for the selection of a subordinate employee to a vacant position and paying the employee $6,444 for duties that she did not perform.
  • Paid at least $1,253 more than necessary on a $4,987 purchase without obtaining competitive price quotes.
  • Wasted $3,000 by paying for private consultant services that another state agency could have provided at no cost.
  • Paid an employee $1,145 for unearned compensation and travel expenses not incurred.
  • Sent inappropriate e-mail messages to other state employees. Management then failed to take corrective action despite noting similar behavior in the past.
  • Circumvented state law by protecting a vacant position and preventing it from being abolished.

Jerry Brown sets sights on Maywood PD

California Attorney General Jerry Brown will unveil the findings of a 16-month probe into the Maywood Police Department this afternoon. Here’s the AP’s version of the story:

LOS ANGELES–A small police department that patrols two gritty cities engaged in widespread use of unlawful force and routinely lacked probable cause to justify arrests and searches, the state attorney general said Tuesday.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown released a lengthy report detailing the findings of a 16-month investigation of the Maywood Police Department.

The report slammed the department on several fronts, criticizing its hiring of officers with misdemeanor convictions and its fostering of what it called an endemic attitude of discourtesy, sexism and racial insensitivity.

“The Maywood Police Department engaged in a pattern or practice of conduct that deprived persons of rights, privileges or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution,” the report states.

Maywood Police Chief Frank Hauptmann’s executive assistant Evelyn Ruedas said the chief was declining comment on the report.

Two LA County deaths may be from swine flu

The Los Angeles Times is reporting this morning that two deaths (one in Bellflower and one in La Mirada) may be the result of swine flu. The Los Angeles County Department of COroner is conducting an investigation. Here’s the meat from the Times story on LA Now:

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office is investigating two recent deaths that officials say could be related to the recent global swine flu outbreak. However, no tests have come back positive for the swine flu, and medical examiners have not officially determined what caused the deaths.

“America’s sheriff” Mike Carona gets five-year fed prison term

This from the U.S. Dept of Justice:

      SANTA ANA, Calif. – Michael S. Carona, the former sheriff of Orange County, was sentenced today to 66 months in federal prison and ordered to pay a fine of $125,000 after being convicted of witness tampering for attempting to convince a former assistant to lie to and withhold testimony from a federal grand jury that was investigating allegations of corruption in Carona’s campaign for sheriff and his activities after taking office.                     
        Carona, 54, was sentenced by United States District Judge Andrew J. Guilford on the witness tampering count, but in doing so took into account evidence presented at trial of a more wide-ranging corruption scheme in which Carona used illegal contributions during his campaign and personally accepted cash bribes.
        At today’s sentencing hearing, Judge Guilford called the witness tampering count “a very serious offense” and stated: “Lying will not be tolerated in this courtroom, especially by law enforcement, especially by the highest-ranking law enforcement official in the county.”
        A federal jury that heard evidence for approximately eight weeks convicted Carona of witness tampering in January. The guilty verdict stemmed from a secretly recorded meeting in August 2007, when Carona attempted to convince former Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl to lie to a federal grand jury that Carona thought had issued a subpoena to Haidl.
        “Mr. Carona violated his sworn duty and utterly ignored his responsibilities to the citizens of Orange County by engaging in the conduct that led to his conviction and sentence, conduct that culminated in an agreement to obstruct justice by concocting a story to cover up his corrupt behavior,” said United States Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien. “Today’s sentencing shows what will happen to elected officals who place their own interests above those of the constituents they are sworn to serve.”
        In papers filed with the court in anticipation of today’s sentencing, federal prosecutors argued that Carona either received or solicited cash and other things of value worth at least $432,144.

Pasadena issues swine flu alert

PASADENA PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND GENERAL PUBLIC TO BE ON WATCH FOR SWINE FLU
 
The Pasadena Public Health Department is issuing an alert to physicians to be on the watch for the A/H1N1 (swine flu) virus in humans.
 
While no individual cases have been identified in the Pasadena area at this time, as of today there are 40 confirmed cases of swine flu in the United States, with seven of those cases in California according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The illness in the U.S. currently is not severe.
 
“While this situation is fluid and changing, the Pasadena Public Health Department is implementing a response plan, and we are working with our community partners and providers to ramp up local surveillance,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, director and health officer with the Pasadena Public Health Department.  “Since the flu season is waning, we are asking doctors to please take note if they see patients with high fevers, coughs and sore throats, who have recently traveled to affected areas such as Mexico or who have been in contact with persons who had fevers and who have been in these affected areas.” 
 
Health providers should contact the Pasadena Public Health Department for clinical guidance on testing and treatment. 
 
“We are working closely with our counterparts on the county, state and national levels to be as proactive as possible to minimize the potential impact of swine flu in the Pasadena community,” Wada added. 
 
in addition, the Public Health Department urges the use of these prevention measures for the general public:
 
* As always, people with respiratory illnesses and fevers should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.
* Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Wash your hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
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California swine flu updates

Here’s the state’s Emergency Management Agency’s updates on swine flu in California:

  • Swine Flu Outbreak:

    California Case Total
    (April 27, 2009): Eight.  Counties: Imperial 3; Sacramento 1; San Diego County 4

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza that regularly cause outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Swine flu viruses do not normally infect people. However, sporadic human infections with swine flu do occasionally occur. Most commonly, human cases of swine influenza happen in people with direct exposure to pigs. While most instances of human infection with animal influenza viruses do not result in human to human transmission, each case should be fully investigated to be sure that such viruses are not spreading among humans and to limit further exposure of humans to infected animals, if infected animals are identified. Investigation into possible human to human transmission of recent swine influenza cases is ongoing.

04/27/2009 – Governor Holds Press Conference Regarding State Response to Swine Flu (Video)
04/24/2009 – Governor Schwarzenegger Directs State Swine Flu Response

Level 4 pandemic alert issued by WHO in swine flu outbreak

From the Associated Press:

WHO says the phase 4 alert means sustained human to human transmission causing outbreaks in at least one country. It signals a significant increase in the risk of a global epidemic, but doesn’t mean a pandemic is inevitable.

Many experts think it may be impossible to contain a flu virus already spreading in several countries.

WHO has confirmed human cases of swine flu in Mexico, the United States, Canada and Spain. Only Mexico has reported deaths from the new strain.