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With so many scandals and questions lingering about climategate-http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1946082,00.html  and vaccinegate, it is disgusting Tiger Woods affairs are the lead story in the news. We thought a diversion might be in order and found this off Broadway play-  The Affair, faithfully adapted by Ronald Millar from the novel by C.P. Snow.  It played in 1962 according to the review, but would make one hell a remake. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,940107,00.html#ixzz0Z6ZHdRlV

1962 was long before anyone every questioned the science behind global warming, vaccines or who our President or anyone of importance was having an affair with.  A time when one did what was told, ‘get your shots and shut up’, Coppertone was for only kids, and we were at war.   

As The Affair begins, the High Tables of the university are still rocking with an intellectual scandal that will not down with the port. Donald Howard (Keith Baxter) has been judged guilty of scientific fraud, having apparently faked a research photograph in his fellowship thesis, and a court of dons deprives him of his fellowship.

Impeccably performed, it pungently evokes its donnish milieu and nobly invokes man’s tireless quest to make justice prevail.

Will justice prevail in Copenhagen, in the truth about vaccines, or for Tiger Woods family?

 The international scandal of leaked e-mails from prominent climatologists and the pandemics push for pharmaceutical companies to release vaccines with little clinical trials before approval is familiar 47 years later.  This time it is not a play, but real life players dealing with decisions that will affect your health and living standards.  Oh yeah, your pocketbook too.

  Will justice prevail in saving lives with the use of vaccines derived from dog, kidney, monkey, He-la, and Vero cell lines? 

Ironically enough, the main character in the play was performed by Keith Howard.  In real life, a Dr. Keith Howard sits on the Scientific Advisory Committee on Genetic Modification. SACGM for short.  http://www.hse.gov.uk/biosafety/gmo/acgm/acgmcomp/index.htmCurrently Dr. Keith Howard is the Head of the Preclinical Research Group at Baxter Innovations GmbH in Orth, Austria supporting the manufacture of vaccines for interpandemic and avian influenza, and the development of new vaccines against emerging viral diseases http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/meetings/committees/sacgmcu/biography.htm. Baxter has been myriad in controversy, if you have been living under a rock, type Baxter in the side search bar to learn more about them releasing live viruses, getting patents for H1N1 vaccines prior to the pandemic and other suspicious happenings.

 SACGM says of Genetically Modified things that:   

 There are no longer separate containment levels specified for work with GM animals and plants (Containment Levels A and B) – appropriate measures must be put in place to control the risks to human health and the environment. http://www.liv.ac.uk/safety/work_area_hazards/Biosafety/Genetic_Modification/Containment_and_control_measures_for_work_with_GMOs.htm

Clinical studies published by Baxter’s own scientific team suggests that adjuvants are at best useless and documented that there is no increase in antibody response, yet Baxter is manufacturing vaccines containing adjuvants for the H1N1 vaccine.  From the New England Journal of Medicine http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/358/24/2573  “Results The vaccine induced a neutralizing immune response not only against the clade 1 (A/Vietnam/1203/2004) virus strain but also against the clade 2 and 3 strains. The use of adjuvants did not improve the antibody response.”From The World Health Organinzation:    http://www.who.int/vaccine_research/documents/Report_on_consultation_on_adjuvant_safety_2.pdfSeveral adjuvants have been shown to permit dose-reduction and enhanced breadth of immunity for influenza vaccines in clinical studies. In light of the recent outbreak of influenza A (H1N1)v, there may be a need in the future to immunize large population groups. Adjuvants could  potentially expand the supply of available influenza vaccines. While we have no evidence yet of  the immunological benefit of adjuvants for vaccines against the H1N1 virus, a discussion of potential safety issues at this stage will facilitate planning and clinical trial design. 

I do know that the affairs of Tiger Woods are becoming public knowledge.  Will the misguided affairs of climate change and vaccines risks have greater public awareness than Tigers? Since The Affair is long off Broadway, I think I’ll see 2012 the movie.

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What a bunch of double speak from not only our elected officials but, governments around the world.  I know they just don’t know, but I also think they know that we know, that they know, that we know that something is amiss. 

Nearly a month ago, Mexico 1st became aware that there was a problem and was as slow as molasses to take steps to warn people of a possible health threat- similar to the Chinese who at least admitted they were negligent with SARS reporting delays in efforts to control the epidemic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severe_acute_respiratory_syndrome

While not eliminated, the last infected human case of SARS was in June 2003.  There is no rapid response testing for SARS.  In 2003, WHO announced that “a new pathogen, a member of the coronavirus family never before seen in humans, is the cause of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)” http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2003/pr31/en/ Here we are six years later, and we have another new pathogen never seen before that is a mutation of pig, bird, human.  Both virus’ are spread by simple human to human contact. 

Canada is now reporting infected pigs. Peter Ben Embarek, a WHO food safety scientist said, “The virus that infected the pigs is the same one that is in circulation among people, and there is no indication that the transfer between species has caused the flu bug to mutate into a new or dangerous form,” Embarek said and continues to reiterate that eating pork is safe. “You can continue to safely eat your prosciutto.” http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-05-03-canada-flu_N.htm I wouldn’t eat a cow with mad cow disease, a chicken with avian flu, or have sex with someone who has AIDS, why would I eat the contaminated pig?

“With AIDS you have to get fu*^ed in someway; either by a contaminated parter during sex, the medical system, blood transfusions, etc., not just getting coughed on by a ill person.  There is no cure for AIDS either, and the last confirmed report of someone having AIDS was probably yesterday.  Science hasn’t cured the common cold, let alone AIDS, SARS, or the Swine Flu.

“During this outbreak of a novel H1N1 flu virus (formerly referred to as “swine flu”), there will be increased demand in the U.S. for a variety of medical products that may help treat or prevent influenza, including antiviral drugs and personal protection equipment, such as masks. Consumers may seek to purchase such products, including, with a prescription, antiviral drugs. Depending on how this virus spreads and the current situation evolves, consumers and patients may encounter some shortages of these products, as the demand may occasionally exceed the supply available directly to consumers in some locations, creating what are often called, “spot shortages.”  {emphasis mine} http://sharing.govdelivery.com/bulletins/GD/USHHS-735DB

Just days ago, the CDC said they have enough anti-viral drugs to combat a spreading outbreak of swine flu.  ”  Acting CDC director Richard Besser said, “ There are no reports, and we don’t expect any reports, of shortages of any anti-virals in any states,” he told reporters.  {empasis mine} The CDC’s interim director for public health, Anne Schuchat, said the US government has “extensive supplies” of the drugs oseltamir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gsCu6xmwGDfldVN8sTUQzfBauuOQ

Maybe CDC and DHS might want to start communicating a little better as one agency says we have enough and the other that drugs will be in short supply?   

The government bulletin goes on to say that, “The federal government is purchasing additional supplies of these products to refresh the Strategic National Stockpile so that it can continue to meet our public health needs.”  This translates into the fact that there will be less Antivirals on the shelf at the local pharmacy.   A quick survey of several pharmacy’s in and around the City of Snohomish near Seattle, Washington finds that they are all out of the treasured TamiFLU anti-viral medicine. http://www.snohomishtimes.com/snohomishNEWS.cfm?inc=story&newsID=507  “Pharmaceutical giant Roche stopped delivering the flu remedy Tamiflu to French high street pharmacies on Thursday, after panic over the swine flu outbreak saw it disappearing off the shelves.  http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j0g8mOFeQael0wAaEyLDCagwtnGwMedicines to fight the virus, such as Tamiflu and Relenza, must be taken within 48 hours of first symptoms to do any good.

Don’t you feel better knowing than the government will be in charge and have ownership of our banking system, automobile manufacturing, the unions, and now potentially the medicine that could save lives? 

While the drugs are far from a cure, they seems to have some treatment properties for the standard flu and apparently in some cases, Swine Flu.  Testing for Swine flu and like SARS is far from reliable.  “The rRT-PCR Swine Flu Panel diagnostic test has not been approved or cleared by the FDA. “(empasis mine) An EUA allows this unapproved diagnostic kit to be legally distributed and used for the authorized purposes. Section 8 from cdc http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/eua/qa.htm.  “The CDC says ”A negative RT-PCR test should not be interpreted as demonstrating that the patient does not have swine influenza virus infection.”  http://www.swinefluprevent.org/interpreting-swine-influenca-rt-pcr-detection-panel-test-results-fact-sheet-for-healthcare-providers  Even the tests for SARS are far from reliable with some taking up to 21 days to diagnose and again that the results are not definitive. {Wiki}.

 “I have no higher priority as President of the United States than the safety and security of the American people, and I will do whatever is necessary to protect this country. ” said President Obama in his weekly White House address.  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/WEEKLY-ADDRESS-President-Obama-Outlines-Government-Actions-to-Address-the-2009-H1N1-Flu/  In contrast to his priority of keeping antivirals available for Americans, last week President Obama authorized  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to send 400,000 Treatment Courses Deployed to Mexico last Thursday. http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/04/20090430a.html 

The World Health Organization said Saturday it has sent 2.4 million treatments of anti-flu drug Tamiflu to 72 developing countries preparing themselves against a possible swine flu pandemic.  The drugs came from a WHO stockpile donated by drug maker Roche Holding AG, Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO’s global alert and response director, told a news conference in Geneva. http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=937607&lang=eng_news&cate_img=316.jpg&cate_rss=news_Health 

It isn’t even flu season yet.  Will this early response and release of antivirals and effect on the current outbreak jeopardize the efforts to prevent the standard flu witch kills more than a half a million people worldwide every ear?  4 May 2009 — As of 06:00 GMT, 4 May 2009, 20 countries have officially reported 985 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection. http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_05_04/en/index.html  How many cases will develop and how far this spreads is anyone’s guess.  

Not to be outdone in profiteering from the flu or pandemics. ” The world’s second-richest man( Warren Buffett) also said Berkshire, which generates about half its business from insurance, would consider writing policies to insure against a potential swine flu pandemic if it got paid enough. http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE5422NI20090504 

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