Posts Tagged ‘news of interest’

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“Even as Fears of Flu Ebb, Mexicans Feel Stigma”

Of course they’re feeling fucking stigma, people are so uninformed and prone to panic at every little thing all the effing time,

From Chile, where sports officials declined to host Mexican soccer teams, to China, where the authorities force even healthy resident Mexicans and Mexican travelers into quarantine, Mexicans say they have been typecast as disease carriers and subjected to humiliating treatment.

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But non-stop media coverage of a feared pandemic and the belief that the sometimes fatal virus originated in Mexico — which is disputed by Mexican health experts and officials — have overwhelmed calls by global health authorities to avoid panic while preparing for a broader outbreak.

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According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it contains genes from flu viruses that normally circulate in pigs in Europe and Asia, as well as avian and human genes.

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According to Mexican consular officials, those taken from their hotel rooms include some families with small children, who were initially told that they would be tested for the H1N1 virus and released, but were later informed that they would be held for a week.

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In Beijing, 10 Mexican citizens have been confined to the Guomen Hotel, which sits directly behind the city’s designated influenza pandemic hospital. On Sunday, the Mexican consul delivered food to the hotel, but he was not allowed to talk to the sequestered guests.

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Amid the uncertainty of the outbreak, Mexicans are also being subjected to discrimination by other Mexicans.

Late last week, a crowd of people in the Mexican state of Guerrero stoned two cars that had license plates from Mexico City. The protesters were apparently worried by the arrival of people from the capital, where the influenza has hit hardest.

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Irked that some in the United States — especially groups that favor limiting the number of Mexican immigrants — have begun calling the virus “the Mexican flu,” some radio commentators in Mexico City have fired back with a label of their own for the outbreak: “California flu.”

Reading the rest here.

I don’t like the tone of this article. It’s so effing annoying that the NY Times is always ramming China. Well, most of American media is. I’m not getting into the politics side of it because 1) I don’t think Americans will EVER see communism as something remotely okay, and 2) I don’t think China will adopt democratic rule any time in my own lifetime. But the fact is that medical treatment in China is NOT as advanced as compared to that in the US. Not even close. Yes China has the second largest GDP ABC CED XYZ what-have-you in the world but all that wealth has not precipitated into their health care system. I’ve been to my share of Chinese hospitals — believe me — and they don’t even have the notion of health insurance. Everything is pay out of pocket or NO TREATMENT GOODBYE. They wouldn’t be equipped to treat an outbreak of swine flu if it were to occur in China, what with the GIGANTIC population and how closely the people live amongst each other. Their precautions are discriminatory, no doubts about it, but the mainland and Hong Kong have already been “responsible” for their share of the flu — SARS — so I can understand the extremity in their actions.

But just the ignorance and the lack of responsibility coming from all people all over the world is mindblowing. It fucking makes me distressed that people can be like this to one another. The media has a huge hand in contributing to mass fear but I wish people would calm the fuck down sometimes.

“Picking Letters, 10 a Day, That Reach Obama”

Maybe one of the most heart-warming things I’ll ever read about any president. I dunno, it just seems like such a cute practice to me.

The task of keeping a president in touch with his public is daunting, as Mike Kelleher well knows.

Tens of thousands of letters, e-mail messages and faxes arrive at the White House every day. A few hundred are culled and end up each weekday afternoon on a round wooden table in the office of Mr. Kelleher, the director of the White House Office of Correspondence.

He chooses 10 letters, which are slipped into a purple folder and put in the daily briefing book that is delivered to President Obama at the White House residence. Designed to offer a sampling of what Americans are thinking, the letters are read by the president, and he sometimes answers them by hand, in black ink on azure paper.

Read the rest here.

No truer words

Finding Hope Online, and Hoping a Job Follows,” from today’s edition of the New York Times,

“For me, it’s always been a recession,” Mr. Vaughn says. “I’ve always struggled to find work and pay my bills. And now we’re hearing recession this, recession that, and I’m like, yeah, now that it’s hitting the rich people, it’s officially a recession.”

This is the stuff that dreams are made of