Sunday, April 26, 2009

Germs? Who Cares About Stinkin' Germs? Not Canada's HRC

What Ezra Levant reports in this video is enough to make one queasy. Were I Canadian, I'd choose to eat at home.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission is downright scary, especially considering our current health problems. From the CDC:

Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in the United States. Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection also have been identified internationally.


Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of the infection and whether additional people have been infected with swine influenza viruses.

CDC is working very closely with officials in states where human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) have been identified, as well as with health officials in Mexico, Canada and the World Health Organization. This includes deploying staff domestically and internationally to provide guidance and technical support. CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate this investigation.

Laboratory testing has found the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir and has issued interim guidance for the use of these drugs to treat and prevent infection with swine influenza viruses. CDC also has prepared interim guidance on how to care for people who are sick and interim guidance on the use of face masks in a community setting where spread of this swine flu virus has been detected. This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide new information as it becomes available.

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective. [my emphasis - D]
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

I wonder what the Canadian equivalent of the CDC is, and if anyone has told them of the ruling the Human Rights Commission made - i.e., that you don’t have to wash your hands if you handle food for the public. An employer’s demand to do so is a violation of your rights.

Workers with dirty hands, rise up and demand your civil liberties! So what if a few hundred people die for your freedom from hygienic practices?

I hope the health authorities in Canada are in contact with the misguided bureaucrats at the Human Rights Commission. They certainly do need to be brought up to speed on the germ theory. Or is that too 20th century for the forward-looking HRC?

Here are the latest statistics from the CDC:
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Swine flu

These are just the identified cases in the US. Mexico has been particularly hard hit and I expect to see more outbreaks in the southwestern part of the country due to our porous and perilous border situation.

The US government has finally declared the outbreak to be a problem and will be taking bureaucratic measures, as yet unspecified.

Mexico City has closed its schools.

I won’t try to update this information as it will be changing rapidly in the next few days. It appears to be an international outbreak.

However, Gateway Pundit will keep up with things, so check in over there to see how this is progressing. Jim's latest post says:

South Korea and Japan are screening flights coming from US and Mexico.

DHS Secretary Napolitano says US will not screen flights coming from Mexico.

President Obama went golfing today.

If any of our Canadian readers know what the Human Rights Commission is permitting Canada’s citizens to do in the face of this pandemic, please let us know in the comments.


Anonymous said...

"Travel advisories have not been issued by the State Department, Napolitano said, nor is the United States going to screen passengers on flights arriving from Mexico."Japan and South Korea, however, are screening flights coming from the US and Mexico. But hey, we all know the best way to deal with lethal diseases is to do nothing until somebody somewhere arbitrarily decides its time to do so. God forbid you stopped the disease from spreading when it's still a trickle.

Old Atlantic Lighthouse said...

Remember to close the border after each use. Following this one practice can save an entire country.

Zenster said...

South Korea and Japan are screening flights coming from US and Mexico.

I was subjected to this "screening" while transiting through Taiwan a few months ago.

It consists of a security employee scanning you with an infrared thermal imaging system as you walk past them after disembarking from your plane.

Totally hygeinic, non-contact and unintrusive. Extremely effective in detecting anyone with an elevated core temperature (i.e., fever) Very low cost, quick and efficient.

With all the billions of dollars being spent by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), how is it that a major threat to the general population is being given such short shrift?

The IR scanners cost around $1,000 each and a person to operate it some $30,000 per annum. The hospitalization of a single swine flu case in an isolation ward probably exceeds $31,000. Do the math.

As to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, these wannabe Nazis are genuine threats to the majority's well-being. Last I checked, the Social Contract prohibits individuals from imposing arbitrary and undue hardship upon the majority.

Avoidance of hand-washing and personal access to rape victims simply do not rate as vital human rights issues. To elevate these picayune matters such that they become major court cases is an abuse of the judicial system and the constitutional rights of Canada's majority population.

I dread to think how much Canada's taxpayers were charged for the sexual reassignment surgery mentioned in Levant's second example. For that transgendered person to then go on and exact further taxpayer expenditure to prosecute the ostensible right of physically imposing upon traumatized rape victims defies all reason.

It is an unspeakable miscarriage of justice and any "Rights Commission" that repeatedly assaults the legal system with such arbitrary rulings should find themselves removed from their positoin with all due haste. It is nothing but malfeasance of office and should not be tolerated.

Henrik R Clausen said...

Booker & North (of The Great Deception fame) have an interesting book about how crises like this are being misused to disempower the citizens and damage democracy. It's called Scared to Death.

Anonymous said...

The cases in the US are pretty mild, apparently. I wonder if the virus mutated in response to so many US citizens getting flu vaccinations over the years.

Call Me Mom said...

On the one hand, I think, so there are a few cases of the flu in the US, so what? People get sick, let's not go crazy. On the other hand, I note that the reason for concern is that healthy "young adults" (and bless their hearts for making that bracket wide enough to include me at over 40 but under 45.)are dying from this strain of the flu.
One wonders just how such a "crisis" could be used ... and then one wishes one had not.
But then I'm tending towards paranoia these days.

Snake Oil Baron said...

So why can't one of the rape victims who heard the HRC wacko claim she had a duty to accommodate him and endure hardship file a complaint against the wacko for singling out rape victims as having a duty which other citizens do not. How did HRC nuts become immune to human rights complaints?

Dymphna said...

Old Atlantic--

very funny. Oh, that we could. "Robin" notes that the # of vaccines in this country may offer some protection. It's a thought. Certainly vaccines don't happen in failed, 3rd world places like Mexico. And where water is precious, who washes their hands?

Perhaps as this virus mutates it will become milder and milder.

I like what Zenster describes. Since the East is getting so strict (that last one really scared them straight), maybe our adiministration will follow suit re the use of wanding. Clever, low tech, low training required.

I'd hate to go thru one of those points after consuming sugar, potatoes, juice, wine, etc. My temp. immediately shoots up and stays there for an hour or so. They'd never believe me.

This may go away like the others did, but it will be interesting to follow nonetheless. How our govt handles this will give us a clue as to how they respond to other risks.

Dymphna said...

Snake Oil Baron asked:

How did HRC nuts become immune to human rights complaints?

Your guess is as good as mine. The Canadian Human Rights Commission is so Kafkaesque even Kafka wouldn't believe the surreal rulings they impose on powerless people.

They (HRC) pays for all the legal offenses of the complaintant, while the poor victims of thes witch hunts are impoverished just defending themselves.

I wonder at what point some blogger will say "here I am, sans lawyer. Do your worst". Of course, he or she had better not own a house or anything of value because it will be taken away.OTOH, by the time they finish paying lawyers, what is left anyway?

Canadians are like Swedes: polite, law-abiding, and not prone to rebellion (that's why they left us in the first place). I don't know what it will take for them to stand up and say "ENOUGH!"

Heck, I don't know what it will take for us to do so, though things do seem to be stirring.

And they know better than to cross those cranky Québécois, who freely cherry-pick which laws they will obey. said...

The Canadian HRC's of course have a secret hierarchy of rights based on demographics as they see them. The ones they see as victims or the ones they are afraid of, Vs. the ones they can sell as vitimizers. This remains my favorite case of the CHRC. where a man destroyed a practicing plastic surgeon because he was denied a labiaplasty. Thats right. In Canada, every man has the right to have a nicer looking vagina. The doctor refused to do the surgery because he did not understand what he was dealing with and was sued by this man for a great deal of money through the HRC's. In effect, this means no one has the right to deny professional services in Canada due to lack of expertise. If someone refuses to perform a service for which they are not qualified, say a dentist refuses to work on someone's legs, they can be destroyed if the person feels it was a matter of discrimination.

ɱØяñιηg$ʇðя ©™ said...

I will play something in-between Devil's Advocate and tinfoil hat here for a while. As one hanging out on various paranormal/conspiracy sites for years, it has been theorized that the NWOs want to depopulate the planet with some sort of mutated pandemic. This has been able to read about for years now long before this. So could this be true? Could this a manufactured pandemic? And I'm not thinking of Al Qaeda or talibans here, rather the elites of the world. These sites also warns people from taking flu shots. Wash your hands and all that is ok but don't take the shots. The shots could cure you alright - by killing you.

Anonymous said...

Can I assume the persons demanding the right to not wash their hands were Muslim? As I recall, the UK has a big problem with Muslims refusing to wash properly and spreading diseases in UK hospitals.