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Flu Season Has Already Peaked in US, Little Benefit to H1N1 Jab: Study

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

While this journal isn’t sure what to think of Mr. Sardi’s claims for immune boosting vitamins (bottom chart), the salient feature of this article for our purposes is the study he has found in the medical journal Euro Surveillance.

Flashback: Flu vaccine shortage expected to last a week | Washington Man Paralyzed After Routine Flu Vaccination | Mass Rejection Of Swine Flu Vaccine Continues Throughout Europe | GlaxoSmithKline profit rises on flu drug | Swine Flu Scam Reaches New Heights With Obama’s Emergency Declaration | Deaths Associated With Swine Flu Vaccine Reported In Europe | US Government Hijacks Kids TV To Propagandize For Swine Flu Shots | Swine flu vaccine approved in Canada | German Government to get special swine flu vaccine | Harper’s hedge on H1N1 shot sparks confusion | Higher instance of severe H1N1 cases in natives, women | UK: National Health Service frontline staff shun H1N1 vaccine | US: Hospitals fear ‘Flumist’ H1N1 nasal vaccine could spread swine flu | New swine-flu wave hits GTA: Provincial Health Official | Canadian taxpayers on hook for any H1N1 vaccine damages | Second wave of swine flu pandemic begins to hit US | Seasonal flu shots delayed for non-seniors on fears of increased H1N1 risk | Seasonal flu shot may increase H1N1 risk | Swine flu death rate similar to seasonal flu: expert | Swine flu unlikely to become superbug | UK: Half of all pregnant women will refuse swine flu jab, poll reveals | Flu vaccine plan will be too slow: CMAJ | Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease: Leaked letter reveals concern of neurologists over 25 deaths in America | Canada to order 50.4 million H1N1 vaccine doses – with adjuvant additive | Genetically modified Swine Flu hybrid may provide vaccine yield solution | Washington Post: Swine Flu Vaccine Will Contain Mercury | UK Government Swine Flu Advisor On Vaccine Maker Payroll | Fast-tracked swine flu vaccine will be safe, officials insist | Swine flu: How scared should we be? | Top Epidemiologist Slams Swine Flu Fearmongering | Legal immunity set for swine flu vaccine makers | Swine flu ‘related’ to 1918 pandemic virus – survivors exhibit resistance | Did leak from a laboratory cause swine flu pandemic? | Swine Flu May Be Human Error; WHO Investigates Claim | Lessons of 1976: swine flu, fear, mass vaccinations, wasted millions | ‘Accidental’ Contamination Of Vaccine With Live Avian Flu Virus Virtually Impossible | Officials investigate how bird flu contaminated vaccines in Europe | Researchers unlock secrets of 1918 flu pandemic

Bill Sardi, Lew Rockwell.com
October 31, 2009

According to a newly released report, the flu season for the H1N1 pandemic flu has already peaked and the federal government’s vaccination program would only reduce the number of infected individuals by 6% by the end of the year.

Small children, who take up to four weeks to produce sufficient antibodies, would not likely experience any benefit from vaccination if they were to undergo vaccination now (late October 2009). The full report, published in the journal Euro Surveillance, can be found here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the current vaccine used for H1N1 pandemic strain only produces immunity among 25% of children age 6—35 months and 36% for children age 3—9 years. So the vaccine is largely ineffective in young children.

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McGuinty says HST doubters exist in Liberal ranks

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Flashback: If passed, HST locked in through 2012 | New HST tax is fair, McGuinty says | Thousands rally against coming HST tax in BC | Flaherty offers taxpayer-funded bribe to adopt HST tax, holdout provinces demur | BC, like Ontario, moves to harmonize taxes | Ontario Liberals pressing to hide new ‘harmonized’ tax in prices | Ontario to merge GST, PST in ‘harmonized’ tax hike | EU approves free-trade talks with Canada | Canada expects EU free-trade talks soon: Stockwell Day | Harper, Sarkozy vow to work toward Canada-EU deal | CD Howe Institute backs Canada-EU deal, deep integration | Towards a new world order: Canada-EU trade proposal rivals scope of NAFTA

Maria Babbage, Canadian Press
October 31, 2009

Ontario Premier says even his mom questions the tax, but province must forge ahead with controversial plan

There may be some doubters in the Liberal ranks about tax harmonization, but that shouldn’t stop Ontario from forging ahead with the controversial plan, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Saturday.

Even his own mother has a name for it: “Holy sales tax!”

But party members must be honest with the public about every obstacle his government faces, from the eHealth scandal over untendered contracts to Ontario’s looming $24.7-billion deficit – the largest in the province’s history, Mr. McGuinty said. [Ed. Note: Why not submit a 'Consumer Proposal' to the Federal Government? And they, in turn, to the IMF?]

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UK: Sacked drugs adviser accuses Gordon Brown of meddling in cannabis decision

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Flashback: Marijuana activist Emery surrenders to court, awaits extradition | Vancouver pot activist Marc Emery to plead guilty to U.S. drug charge | The Post editorial board: Emery should be a free man | Canada “Prince of Pot” reaches deal on U.S. charges

Update (2009/11/01): David Nutt’s sacking provokes mass revolt against Alan Johnson

David Batty, The Guardian
October 31, 2009

Professor David Nutt warns resignations may result from prime minister’s ‘absurd’ stance on reclassification

‘Gordon Brown comes into office and, soon after that, he starts saying absurd things like cannabis is lethal’, says David Nutt.

The government’s former chief drug adviser today accused the prime minister, Gordon Brown, of tightening the law on cannabis for political reasons.

Professor David Nutt warned that other experts on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) could resign in protest at his sacking by the home secretary, Alan Johnson, yesterday.

Nutt was forced to quit after he accused ministers of “devaluing and distorting” the scientific evidence over illicit drugs when they decided last year to reclassify cannabis from class C to class B against the advice of the ACMD.

Nutt told the BBC today that Brown had “made up his mind” to reclassify cannabis despite evidence to the contrary.

“Gordon Brown comes into office and, soon after that, he starts saying absurd things like cannabis is lethal… it has to be a class B drug. He has made his mind up.

“We went back, we looked at the evidence, we said, ‘No, no, there is no extra evidence of harm, it’s still a class C drug.’ He said, ‘Tough, it’s going to be class B’.”

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Clinton confronted by Pakistanis over attacks by aerial drones

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Flashback: UN: Drone attacks may violate international law | US drone ’shot down over Somalia’ | Canada’s military peers into future, sees drone patrols, draft, insurgency | Military spycraft patrols Ontario border from Fort Drum | Homing chips are CIA’s latest weapon against ‘al-Qaida’ targets hiding in Pakistan’s tribal belt | CIA: Our Drones are Killing Terrorists. Promise | Remote-controlled planes could spy on British homes | Predator drones patrolling border irk Manitoba MLA | Report: CIA runs secret bases in Pakistan | U.S. set to launch Predator drones to monitor Manitoba border | Military Tech on the Home Front: Predator drones to begin surveillance of Canada-US border | Hoverdrone to be deployed to Iraq | Kids to Help Create Drones, ‘Fuzzy’ Line to Be Drawn between Military and Civil Spheres | Canadian military acquiring new helicopters, drones | Unmanned spy planes to police Britain | Austin police testing unmanned spy drones | Nunavut taken aback by military plan for drone patrols | U.S. to patrol Manitoba border with drone aircraft

Robert Burns, Associated Press
October 31, 2009

U.S. Secretary of State faces sharp questions from civilians as she ends tense three-day tour

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was confronted repeatedly by Pakistanis yesterday as she ended a tense three-day tour of the country, chastised by one woman who said a U.S. program using aerial drones to target terrorists amounted to “executions without trial.”

On another thorny topic, Ms. Clinton slightly softened her blunt charge of a day earlier that Pakistani officials know where al-Qaeda terrorists are hiding and are doing little about it.

Ms. Clinton faced sharp questions from Pakistani civilians about the U.S. effort that uses unmanned aircraft to launch missiles to kill terrorists along the porous, ungoverned border with Afghanistan.

But she refused to go into detail about the classified strikes that have killed both key terrorism leaders and bystanders, long a source of outrage among Pakistan’s population despite an equally deadly campaign of militant-spawned bombings.

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