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Hong Kong reports first confirmed swine flu in Asia

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong is reporting a case of swine flu, making this Asia's first confirmed case of the ailment affecting several countries, including the United States.

Earlier Friday, China's health minister warned the country it should prepare for an outbreak.

The government declared swine flu a category II infectious disease, a notice on the health ministry's website said.

Sweeping new powers to detain, disinfect

  • Mark Metherell, Phillip Hudson and Jonathan Dart
  • April 29, 2009
  • THE Federal Government has secured sweeping powers to combat swine flu as the number of possible cases under investigation in Australia was lowered from 111 to 91 this morning.

    The Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon, announced last night the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, had consented to new powers allowing health officials to detain and disinfect people suspected of having the swine flu.

    Are bad conditions for pigs the cause of swine flu?

    Swine or pig flu has suddenly hit the headlines and become the latest thing for us to worry about, after the Global Economic Crisis, and terrorism, and SARS, and AIDS and so on.

    While we don our face masks and wash our hands and debate whether it's safe to eat meat from pigs, some people are asking whether the mistreatment of animals is the cause of the outbreak.

    Do we keep pigs in such bad conditions, whether in factory farms or in backyard piggeries, that the outbreak of such diseases is inevitable?


    Bi-partisan Senate push for amnesty starts -- U.S. jobless workers thrown under the bus


    Your Senators need phone calls today before the rancid thinking of yesterday's immigration hearing infects their views on what makes political sense this year.

    Did you think Senators might be too smart this year -- or too moral or at least too embarrassed -- to push for more foreign workers while millions of Americans are losing their jobs?


    Hey, Wired President. You Wouldn't Tax the Internet, the Cell Phone or the Tweet. Would You?

    April 29th, 2009

    Maybe it’s just me (and my wife).

    We still put spare change into a piggy bank (a red pig, actually), as we go. Pays for a nice dinner, every now and then.

    So it floors me, still, when I see the dimensions of the federal budget and how we pay (or don’t) for what we do.

    Check this, but the federal budget is now $3.5 trillion. Okay. But the deficit is … $1.7 trillion?

    The Store Wars - Organic food versus chemicals and GMOs

    A small and very funny animation of a parody of star wars, made to alert people about some of the serious problems of producing and eating food using dangerous synthetic chemicals, Genetically Modified Organisms, allowing big corporation interests control the food chain, and other problems that helps to destroy nature and the health of people. As this animation shows, producing and buying organic food on smaller and more ethical stores is the best solution for many of these problems.


    Exercise Myths: 6 Ab Mistakes That Are Holding You Back

    1. Myth: To get rock-hard, you have to work your abs every day.

    Why: Abs need rest and recovery: It's only during rest that your muscles build. "Three to five days a week of consistent, dedicated abdominal training should get you strong, sleek abs," says Kathy Kaehler, trainer and author of Kathy Kaehler's Celebrity Workouts.

    2. Myth: A good ab workout takes half an hour.


    CDC says Texas swine flu death is first in U.S.

    By DALE LEZON, BRADLEY OLSON and TODD ACKERMAN Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle

    April 29, 2009

    The first reported death in the United States from the swine flu outbreak was that of a 23-month-old Mexico City boy who fell ill in Brownsville and was transported for treatment at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, where he died Monday, officials said.


    his is Serious! This incident happened recently in North Texas .

    A woman went boating one Sunday taking with her some cans of coke which she put into the refrigerator of the boat. On Monday she was taken to the hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. She died on Wednesday.

    The autopsy concluded she died of Leptospirosis.. This was traced to the can of coke she drank from, not using a glass. Tests showed that the can was infected by dried rat urine and hence the disease Leptospirosis.