Gerry Canavan

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The government has announced the first swine flu fatality outside Mexico, a two-year-old child in Texas. Drudge, needless to say, is reporting this news with the sense of decorum and responsibility he is so rightly famous for.

Having gotten suitably excited about Typhoid Maria, we can now move on to the discovery of patient zero.

Five-year-old Edgar Hernandez survived the earliest documented case of swine flu in an outbreak that has spread across four continents.

His family lives in the 3,000-person village of La Gloria in the state of Veracruz, where a flu outbreak was reported on April 2.

Lab tests confirmed that Edgar was the only patient in Veracruz to test positive for the swine flu virus; the others had contracted a common flu. Health officials had returned to Edgar’s sample only after cases of the new flu strain were spotted around the country.

…Edgar has recovered and playfully credits ice cream for helping him feel better.

He can have his ice cream after he tells us who helped him engineer the virus.

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April 29, 2009 at 1:36 pm

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Gimme Fever

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It’s Tuesday and I’m feeling just a little bit feverish.

* It’s come to this: they’re going to remake Drop Dead Fred. Don’t ask why.

* Oh, the wisdom of markets: Stephen Dunbar demonstrates that Peak Oil has “peaked” by citing the temporary crash in demand due to the financial crisis and speculative recovery technologies as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Crisis averted!

* Meanwhile, the climate is still totally screwed. See also: The 340 residents of Newtok, Alaska will soon be among the first “climate refugees” in the United States. What’s their governor have to say about this?

* Superpoop messes with Texas.

* David Kurtz comes through with your daily dose of swine flu commentary, the first on the rhythm of pandemic and the second on the deep, pervasive rot throughout the global meat industry.

* Science has proved that conservatives don’t get Stephen Colbert.

Additionally, there was no significant difference between the groups in thinking Colbert was funny, but conservatives were more likely to report that Colbert only pretends to be joking and genuinely meant what he said while liberals were more likely to report that Colbert used satire and was not serious when offering political statements.

Whenever I hear about this sort of thing I’m just shocked. Not only is the parody on The Colbert Report completely unsubtle—it’s so unsubtle I even wouldn’t say it counts as satire—but it’s not as even as if Colbert is trying to fool anyone. If you didn’t get the point just from reading the sidebar during “The Word,” he breaks character, both deliberately and undeliberately, all the freaking time. Multiple times every show. He’s practically holding the audience’s hand.

Let’s hope “more likely” still represents a rather small part of the sample…

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April 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Time to Panic

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The swine flu outbreak in Mexico has everybody talking about pandemic and 1918. Schools and public events have been shut down in Mexico City, where 20 have died from the outbreak. The victims are mostly otherwise healthy people between 25 and 45, an atypical result likely caused by a phenomenon known as “cytokine storm.”

Here’s an aspect of the story the American media, unsurprisingly, isn’t touching: the outbreak has been linked to factory-style pork production.

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April 25, 2009 at 7:03 pm

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