Barack Obama takes that “3 AM” Call (Electing Bird Flu President USA)

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Many believe that in addition to all the domestic, economic and diplomatic disasters facing the next US President, there could well be an added disaster of the Bird Flu pandemic looming just over the horizon.
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So we have been taking a look at the candidates for the job of the President of America and the way we all feel about them during the election process.
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It was last week, when that dreaded 3AM (BIG PROBLEM) call came to the phone sitting on Barack Obama’s desk.
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The time of the call may not have been exactly 3 AM, but that is not the point here.
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Barack Obama was asked about a report that a senior official had given back-channel reassurances to Canada soft-pedaling Mr. Obama’s tough talk on Nafta.
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CTV, a Canadian television network, had reported that an Obama official had called the Canadian ambassador in Washington to play down the significance of Mr. Obama’s criticism of Nafta.
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There was was a firm reaction from Obama, as befits a Commander-In-Chief-in-Waiting.
With his usual look of sincerity and absolute honesty, he denied that any such conversation had taken place.
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“It did not happen.” He said.
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When WKYC-TV in Ohio asked Mr. Obama about the CTV report, he said: “I don’t have to clarify it. The Canadian Embassy already clarified it by saying the story was not true. And our office has said the story was not. And so I think it’s important for viewers to understand that it was not true.” When pressed, he said, “It did not happen.”
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Obama’s campaign mobilized as well to strongly refute the above mentioned report of any back-channel reassurances to Canada.
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“At no point did anyone in our campaign convey to anyone that there had been any backing away from Obama’s position on Nafta,” a campaign spokesman, Bill Burton, said Monday.
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That is of course, how a strong Comander-In-Chief-in-Waiting and his campaign should act, immediately and decisively.
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The only thing is, that the denials by Obama and his campaign were er… less than the truth.
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On Monday,a memorandum surfaced, obtained by The Associated Press, showing that Austan D. Goolsbee, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago  who is Mr. Obama’s senior economic policy adviser, met officials last month at the Canadian consulate in Chicago.
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According to the writer of the memorandum, Joseph De Mora, a political and economic affairs consular officer, Professor Goolsbee assured them that Mr. Obama’s protectionist stand on the trail was “more reflective of political maneuvering than policy.”
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It also said the professor had assured the Canadians that Mr. Obama’s language “should be viewed as more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans.”
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So that was how Senator Barack Obama, the Commander-In-Chief-in-Waiting responded to his first Big Problem “3 AM” call.
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Source: The New York Times

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“OBAMA SPEAK” Electing Bird Flu President USA

Many believe that in addition to all the domestic, economic and diplomatic disasters facing the next US President, there could well be an added disaster of the Bird Flu pandemic looming just over the horizon.

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So we have been taking a look at the candidates for the job of the President of America and the way we all feel about them during the election process.

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One of the most interesting things to have come to light recently is the “Obama Speak” for lying to the nation, about his proclamations about NAFTA.

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What did his man tell the Canadians?

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“It is more politics than policy”

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Now that is what I call eloquent!

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Normally that would be OK. We all know how politicians are!

                                                                             

However, when some one like Obama, who has nothing else to show for but his “honesty”, shows him self to be less than honest, then it really, really hurts. 

Global Bird-Flu Outbreak Map since 2003

Via ReliefWeb,

from the WHO, a very interesting visual diary of the global spread of the H5N1 virus, since the year 2003.

Map of 'World: Areas Reporting Confirmed Occurrence of H5N1 Avian Influenza in Poultry and Wild Birds Since 2003 (Status as of 27 Sep 2007)'

Click here:

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/LCZN-77LL5Y?OpenDocument&RSS20=25-P

For:

Areas Reporting Confirmed Occurrence of H5N1 Avian Influenza in Poultry and Wild Birds Since 2003 (Status as of 27 Sep 2007)

What is the source of the Bird-Flu outbreak in Canada?

It is still not clear as to how and from where the current H7N3 virus has arrived in the “Chicken Farming” communities in the Regina region of Canada.

Regina situated at the dot

There are those who point the finger at the migrating birds, bringing with them the killer virus.

Most experts seem to be of the opinion however, that the horrendous conditions that prevail in the factory farming of chickens and other poultry, would sooner or later result in the mutation of a number of different viruses.

They point to the recent British Bird Flu outbreak, in the Barnard Matthews Turkey Factory Farm, said to have been caused by the very conditions that exist in such factory farms.

Forced unnatural growth rates for the poultry, as well as cramped and filthy living conditions on the factory farm, can become super incubators for the viruses, resulting in rapid mutations in the virus DNA structure.  

Today’s meat chickens have been genetically altered to grow twice as fast, and twice as large as their ancestors.

Pushed beyond their biological limits, hundreds of millions of chickens die every year before reaching slaughter weight at 6 weeks of age.

The above problem is even bigger and worse in the US Factory Poultry Farming and is considered by many, as a biological time bomb waiting to go off!

In the mean time, the virus seems to be spreading to other nearby farms in the effected area.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has put another Saskatchewan chicken farm under quarantine, “as a precautionary measure.”

The small farm affected by the decision on Friday, is less than three kilometres away from Pedigree Poultry, a much larger operation just north of Regina, where officials confirmed on Thursday they had found a strain of avian influenza.

The CFIA said the quarantine measures are standard given the close proximity of the two farms. It said the 20 chickens tested on what the agency calls a “small backyard operation” have shown no signs of disease.

According to a report by CBC, more than 50,000 chickens at the Pedigree Poultry operation near Regina Beach were to be killed and all equipment thoroughly sanitized.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2007/09/29/avian-flu.html

www.mercyforanimals.org/poultry.asp

http://www.factoryfarming.com/gallery/broiler01.htm

http://www.regina.ca/content/welcome/city_facts/index.shtml

Video News- Canadian Bird-Flu outbreak

Video News- Canadian avian flu outbreak via CANOE.CA

http://videos.canoe.ca/index.jsp?fr_story=FRsupt219547&rf=rss

STATEMENT BY DR. JOHN CLIFFORD ON AVIAN INFLUENZA DETECTION IN CANADA

STATEMENT BY DR. JOHN CLIFFORD ON AVIAN INFLUENZA DETECTION IN CANADA

September 27, 2007

“Today, the Canadian Food Inspection Service Agency (CFIA) confirmed that test results from samples collected at a commercial broiler breeder farm in the Saskatchewan Province were positive for a North American strain of an H7N3 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus.  The virus detected in Canada is not the HPAI H5N1 virus that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe and Africa.

“In accordance with an agreement between the United States and Canada, USDA is barring imports of all live birds, including chickens, turkeys and others, along with unprocessed avian products from the entire province of Saskatchewan.  The United States has not imported poultry products from Saskatchewan since 2005.

“CFIA is beginning depopulation of the infected flock and initiating thorough surveillance in the surrounding area.  Canadian officials have assured us they will continue to provide us with detailed information on the epidemiological investigation and surveillance reports.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely.  USDA is conducting surveillance for all strains of avian influenza, in cooperation with states, the Department of the Interior (DOI) and industry.   Since March 2006, USDA, DOI and their state partners have collected approximately 175,000 live bird and environmental samples, all of which tested negative for HPAI.  In addition, we continue to work closely with our international counterparts to rapidly detect and respond to detections of the virus.”