Do yourself some good – get a flu shot!

Dr. Thomas Bollyky, Director Global Health Program
Council on Foreign Relations

Essentially, the Doctor says – if you’re sincerely concerned about health, get a flu shot. On average, about 30,000 Americans die every year from flu strains – and we do a mediocre job of getting our families vaccinated.

No surprises. Just common sense from a knowledgeable source.

School officials sued for banning girl – they were afraid of (you guessed it) Ebola

Connecticut’s Democrat governor proves he can be as dumb as any Tea Party Republican

A Connecticut father sued a school district for barring his daughter from class because of fear she may be infected with Ebola after a trip to a family wedding in Nigeria, in what may be the first such U.S. lawsuit over the virus.

Stephen Opayemi said he and his 7-year-old daughter, who is in the third grade, returned to the U.S. Oct. 13. He was told by Milford School Superintendent Elizabeth Feser that his daughter would be removed by the police if she went to school Oct. 20, according to a complaint filed yesterday in New Haven federal court.

Actually…on Oct. 20, Nigeria was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization after no new cases were reported in 42 days…

Opayemi said his daughter didn’t have a fever or other symptoms of Ebola, and that he offered to have them both tested for it. He accused the school district of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying access to an education. He seeks damages for her emotional trauma and an order allowing her to return to school immediately.

Feser denied the suit’s allegations, blah, blah, blah!

Throughout the GOUSA, the safe qualification for school administration continues to be ignorance.

It helps when you’re backed up by an governor who has “quarantined” more people than any other US official. Even when they’ve tested negative for ebola.

Point out suspicious guy with a gun in the bank – get arrested

A bank customer who spotted a man with a concealed weapon inside a TD Bank branch in Glastonbury, Connecticut, thought he was doing the right thing by bringing the bank staff’s attention to a potential robbery in progress.

Instead, Robert Gursky ended up being arrested for breach of peace after he was mistaken for a robber himself.

Gursky, 50, was inside the bank on Monday when he noticed a man who had a gun tucked underneath his shirt.

Sensing imminent danger, Gursky approached the teller and said the word “gun.”

Feeling his warning was not getting through, Gursky began writing a note to explain the situation.

However, before his message was properly conveyed, one of the tellers triggered the panic alarm — on him.

Police arrived on the scene and determined that the suspicious man was a law enforcement official who was permitted to carry a concealed weapon.

Officers then tracked down Gursky, who blamed the whole thing on “miscommunication.”

“It could have been a level of confusion, but certainly it was confusing for everyone involved, even the people from the bank,” said Agent Kevin Szydlo of the Glastonbury Police Department.

Gursky was arrested and charged but was later released on a promise to appear in court…

A little different from some of the dyslexic Good Samaritan stories I run into. Still – we live in a land and society so screwed up with fear and guns you are supposed to tiptoe around most of all be calm – and quiet – I guess.

Mad cow disease in California

The U.S. Agriculture Department confirmed on Tuesday a California dairy cow had mad cow disease…the fourth such U.S. case since it was first found here in 2003, but said no parts of the animal entered the nation’s food supply.

John Clifford, the USDA’s chief veterinary officer, said there was “no cause for alarm” from the animal, which was found at a rendering plant that processes diseased or sick animals into non-edible products for use in things like soap or glue…

While there is no evidence that humans can catch it from drinking the milk of an infected cow, fears of a potential backlash among consumers and big importers of U.S. beef caused Chicago live cattle futures drop sharply…

The USDA is still tracing the exact life of the infected animal, which was found at an undisclosed rendering facility in central California.

The carcass of the cow, which the USDA said was infected by an “atypical” form of the disease, would be destroyed. The cow was not believed to have contracted the disease by eating contaminated food, the USDA added.

“There is really no concern for alarm here with regards to this animal. Both human health and animal health are protected with regards to this issue,” Clifford told reporters…

“The impact should not affect exports. Now, I’m not saying it may or may not, but it should not,” Clifford said, noting that the United States has been recognized by authorities as having taken steps to control its risks for the disease.

Beef exports plunged nearly 75 percent in 2004 in the wake of the first U.S. incident in late-2003, with USDA reporting net cancellations of beef sales in five out of the first six weeks following the news.

The panic factor is always underestimated – by choice – in press conferences of this character. Officials stand around with their fingers crossed behind their back – hoping they’re right about contagion, hoping they’re right about panic.

The Luddite Left will go bonkers. The populist right and the Kool Aid Party will find some way to blame Obama [does he even drink white milk?]. California politicians of both lame parties will back up the dairy industry regardless of standards.

The important task is what we’ve done best in the past. Isolate the cause after it’s found. Keep the food supply up to reasonable standards – whatever that might be.

Passengers panic after “mom” confused with “bomb”

A pilot who used his plane’s intercom to send birthday greetings to a colleague’s mother triggered panic on board after passengers thought he said “bomb” rather than “mom”.

The unnamed Southwest Airlines pilot was asked by an air traffic controller to wish his mother a happy birthday as he flew from Baltimore, Maryland, to New York’s MacArthur airport in Islip, Long Island, on Friday.

Taking to the plane’s intercom, the pilot told passengers that they had a “mom on board,” however, many thought he said a “bomb on board”.

Panicking passengers asked other members of the crew to clarify what the pilot had said, and were assured that there was no bomb. The pilot also went back on the intercom to explain his remarks.

But several passengers have now complained to the authorities about the announcement…

In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said: “Pilots and controllers will sometimes engage in brief greetings…

The FAA has launched a review into the air traffic controller’s request. The pilot, who reported the incident to the authorities at Southwest, is not under investigation.

The passengers who filed complaints should change their diapers – and grow up!

Panic over radiation fears drive sales of kelp on West Coast

Fears of radiation from Japan have driven some customers at health food stores on the West Coast to stock up on kelp out of a belief its iodine content can protect against thyroid cancer…

Health officials have repeatedly said United States residents face no risk from radiation drifting across the Pacific Ocean from Japan’s stricken nuclear plants.

But that has not stopped some Americans from buying potassium iodide, considered a defense against radiation poisoning. Authorities have warned against taking potassium iodide unnecessarily because of a potential for side-effects.

Meanwhile, consumers are turning to more health-friendly sources of iodine, with kelp tablets high on the list and suppliers running out, health store owners and managers along the West Coast told Reuters.

Seaweed snacks and blue-green algae liquid are also popular items, and one Washington State homeopath is even recommending miso soup and brown rice, because of an anecdote that it helped a Japanese doctor protect against radiation decades ago…

Willow Follett said consumers are “just grasping at straws” in an effort to do anything they can to protect themselves, even though they face no risk…

That did not stop the phone from ringing off the hook at Justin Brotman’s Seattle supplements and health food store Heleo, from people worried about nuclear radiation.

Callers asked about potassium iodide, which Brotman said he would not sell them because of its potential side effects. Instead, he sold them the more healthy alternative of blue-green algae, which also has some iodine.

“I even stopped answering the phone to be honest with you”, said Brotman, 29.

A required reaction to natural disaster is watching out for criminal profiteering. In a case like this, Left-coasters stampeding like two-footed lemmings on the basis of unreasonable fear – I hope these people pay through the nose for their supply of homeopathic humbug.

Urban legend + txt msg = elementary school lockdown

A cell phone text message accidentally forwarded to a south-side Santa Fe elementary school caused officials to shut down the school and sent some parents into a panic for a couple hours Friday morning.

An employee at César Chávez Community School…at 8:06 a.m. found a phone message in Spanish that led authorities to believe somebody might be threatening to kill people inside.

Police were immediately contacted, and they put the school on lockdown — nobody goes in, nobody leaves — for a couple hours and beefed up patrols at surrounding schools as a precaution.

However, police later learned the message — a bogus warning about possible gang violence that has been widely circulated via telecommunications devices — wasn’t meant for the school and wasn’t directed at anyone there…

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