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COUNTDOWN TO ARMAGEDDON 2011!!!!(OAKLAND’S NEW YEAR’S PARTY)


People who live in Oakland know that all the cool happening stuff on New Years is always in SF, this year we are trying to switch it up and make it pop in the town! Bobby Peru from thizz.face.disco is teaming up with Kickitforlife, LE HEAT, and Pretty Boy Blue to bring you a massive line up of bands, dj’s, and electronic artist to blow your mind and teleport you to the the new year!

The countdown has begun!

bands in one room djs in the other…

..:BAND ROOM:..

MIGGY STARDUST (hoodstock, neon aztlan)

HOTTUB

DOSE ONE, JEL AND JORDAN DALRYMPLE (anticon, themsevles, subtle)

RELIGIOUS GIRLS


PLANET BOOTY


THE LOVE DIMENSION


..:DJ ROOM:..

MOCHIPET (DALY CITY)

BOBBY PERU (booze-wazi, fool’s paradise radio)
vs
SPACEGHOST



HANDSOME NETO (hoodstock, neon aztlan, karate brothers)



PONY LOCO (neon aztlan, hoodstock)
vs.
RNB MILLONAIRES



Seriously It’s going down this new years eve!
come thru and party with us at the metro.
10bux
18 and up

rsvp on Facebook or let me know if you want presales!

Booze Wazi: an audio visual art party w/ guest dj Disco Shawn



If you had fun at last month’s edition of booze-wazi come and join us for another dose. That shit was crazy last month we had people dancing on tables, some random dude dropped his pants, and someone even broke one of the lamps. We turned radio bar in to a mad house.

Multi-Channel video projections will be provided by Gold Wave and the folks taking care of the live painting are Project Elefont artist Chris Granillo, Jonny Nagel, and Lorenzo Vasquez.

For the music side of things we are bringing DJ extraordinaire DISCO SHAWN to Oakland to make some of the selections for the night!

If you have been living under a rock and don’t know who Disco Shawn is he’s one of the men behind Bersa Discos, the label that pretty much brought experimental cumbias from Argentina to North America. Shawn’s a resident dj at two of San Fransisco’s dopest parties Tormenta Tropical and Icee Hot. Not to mention an ex- radio dj who was on KALX and Live105. Oh yeah and he’s an editor for Xlr8r as well.

The Resident Dj’s Bobby Peru and Eloi from fool’s paradise radio and Fatees the yole boy reppin’ gurp city/mega kut tapes will be in full force on Saturday.

So stop by and have a cheap drink and maybe dance a little.

9pm to last call.
Shot of Tequila and a Beer $5.
!!$2 well drinks w/ student id!!
Radio Bar, Downtown OAKLAND

FREE*FREE*FREE*FREE*FREE*FREE*FREE*FREE*FREE*FREE*FREE*

http://projectelefont.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/bersadiscos

RSVP ON FACEBOOK.…or on GOING

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Eat Real Fest Afterparty


Sorry for the lack of post as of late, Eloi and I are getting acclimated to our new residencies and trying to get back into the groove of things. We will be back with more post soon. On a side note we are DJ’n an after-party for the Eat Real Fest, so come thru and get your dance on.

Here’s the info:

The PaperAirplane Magazine posse is throwing an Eat Real fest after-party, which doubles as a fundraiser to help us get the $$$ we need to get off the ground and take flight!

You already know we’re trying to put the Oakland Art community on the map by displaying works by all the local greats and not to mention the ones on the rise.

Come thru to Merchants’ Saloon Friday the 27th after you get your grub on …at the Eat Real Fest!

$5 at the door
door opens up at 6:00 pm

We will be featuring:

MoMMaP a Film written and directed by John Aquadro

Sexploitation films from the 60’s

twisted raffle prizes

Movie Pack: one of three movies (labyrinth, animal house, crocodile
…dundee), cool retro popcorn container, popcorn, and candy.

Wine Pack: two nice wine glasses, vintage cocktail party cards, and a bottle of wine.

Smoky Pack: vintage nautical glass ashtray, box of adorned matches, and fancy cigs.

T-shirt Pack: one says “I toxic waste” the other says ” it’s not easy being easy” (pretty funny!)

Bake Pack: vintage pyrex bowl, wooden spoon, ghirardelli brownie mix.

Beer Pack: rad beer mug, beer nuts, nice bottle of beer.

Star Wars Pack: star wars the movie, action photo of the cast framed and in pristine condition.

Selectors:

Fatees (GurpCity, MegaKut Records)
Bobby Peru (Fool’s Paradise Radio, thizzfacedisco.com)
Eloi (Fool’s Paradise Radio, thizzfacedisco.com)
Johnny5 (RUKKUZ MUZIK/Irie Cartel)

Live Painting:

Meredith Stall
myspace

more tba~!

tell your friends lets get this cracklin!

RSVP on Facebook!

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Adventures on the High Seas


Today a South Korean supertanker loaded with an estimated $150 million worth of crude oil was hijacked by a group of Somalian pirates off the coast of Mogadishu. The monsoon season is over and the pirates are back. Prowling the Indian Ocean and the strategically vital Gulf of Aden shipping route, they racked up nine hijackings and 17 unsuccessful attacks in March. A couple years back the NY Times did a short interview with Captain Kidd that gives some insight into the business of modern banditry.

NY Times
by Jeffrey Gettleman

Sugule Ali, the spokesman for the Somali pirates holding hostage the Faina, a Ukrainian freighter loaded with weapons, spoke to me by satellite telephone today from the bridge of the seized ship. In the holds of the Faina, which the pirates seized on Thursday, are 33 Russian-built battle tanks and crates of grenade launchers, anti-aircraft guns, ammunition and other explosives. American officials fear that the weapons could fall into the hands of radical Islamist insurgents who are battling Somalia’s weak government. My questions were translated into Somali, and Mr. Ali’s responses into English, by a translator employed by The New York Times.

Q. Tell us how you discovered the weapons on board.
A. As soon as we get on a ship, we normally do what is called a control. We search everything. That’s how we found the weapons. Tanks, anti-aircraft, artillery. That’s all we will say right now.

Q. Were you surprised?
A. No, we weren’t surprised. We know everything goes through the sea. We see people who dump waste in our waters. We see people who illegally fish in our waters. We see people doing all sorts of things in our waters.

Q. Are you going to sell the weapons to insurgents?
A. No. We don’t want these weapons to go to anyone in Somalia. Somalia has suffered from many years of destruction because of all these weapons. We don’t want that suffering and chaos to continue. We are not going to offload the weapons. We just want the money.

Q. How much?
A. $20 million, in cash. We don’t use any other system than cash.

Q. Will you negotiate?
A. That’s deal making. Common sense says human beings can make deals.

Q. Right now, the American Navy has you surrounded. Are you scared?
A. No, we’re not scared. We are prepared. We are not afraid because we know you only die once.

Q. Will you kill the hostages if attacked?
A. Killing is not in our plans. We don’t want to do anything more than the hijacking.

Q. What will you do with the money?
A. We will protect ourselves from hunger.

Q. That’s a lot of money to protect yourselves from hunger.
A. Yes, because we have a lot of men and it will be divided amongst all of us.

Q. [There are 20 crew members, most of them Ukrainian, being held hostage.] How are you interacting with the hostages? Eating with them? Playing cards?
A. We interact with each other in an honorable manner. We are all human beings. We talk to one another, and because we are in the same place, we eat together.

Q. What if you were told you could leave peacefully, without arrest, though without any ransom money. Would you do it?
A. [With a laugh] We’re not afraid of arrest or death or any of these things. For us, hunger is our enemy.

Q. Have the pirates been misunderstood?
A. We don’t consider ourselves sea bandits [“sea bandit” is one way Somalis translate the English word pirate]. We consider sea bandits those who illegally fish in our seas and dump waste in our seas and carry weapons in our seas. We are simply patrolling our seas. Think of us like a coast guard.

Q. Why did you want to become a pirate?
A. We are patrolling our seas. This is a normal thing for people to do in their regions.

Q. Isn’t what you are doing a crime? Holding people at gunpoint?
A. If you hold hostage innocent people, that’s a crime. If you hold hostage people who are doing illegal activities, like waste dumping or fishing, that is not a crime.

Q. What has this Ukrainian ship done that was a crime?
A. To go through our waters carrying all these weapons without permission.

Q. What is the name of your group? How many ships have you hijacked before?
A. I won’t say how many ships we have hijacked. I won’t talk about that. Our name is the Central Region Coast Guard.

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BerkShares


This is a brilliant yet old idea is used to help sustain a local economy in a recession. It also promotes local businesses and helps create community. People who use BerkShares get a 5% incentive and the buying power is 1:1, so you are actually saving money when you buy with BerkShares. It’s a good way for local business to compete with national chains. There are close to 400 businesses and 5 banks that accept and distribute BerkShares.

Where’s the bay area at on this topic?? We need to get on it! yee!

Here’s what Wikipedia had to say….

BerkShares is a local currency that circulates in The Berkshires region of Massachusetts. It was launched September 29, 2006 by BerkShares Inc., with research and development assistance from the E.F. Schumacher Society. The BerkShares website lists over 370 businesses in Berkshire County that accept the currency. In 30 months, 2.2 million BerkShares have been issued from 12 branch offices of five local banks. The bills were designed by John Isaacs and are printed by Excelsior Printing on special paper with incorporated security features from Crane & Co.

How it works

BerkShares are a local currency designed and issued for the Berkshire region of Massachusetts. According to the BerkShares website, residents purchase BerkShares at 95 cents on the dollar from one of twelve branches of five local participating banks. Businesses then accept BerkShares at full dollar value, differentiating the business as one supporting the BerkShares values’ of local economy, ecology, sustainability, and community, and creating a five percent discount incentive for those using the currency. BerkShares can then be used by accepting businesses to purchase goods and services from other participating businesses, make change, pay salaries, or support local non-profits, increasing the local economic multiplier effect and keeping value recirculating in the region. If businesses have an excess of BerkShares, they may also be returned to a participating bank for an equivalent of 95 cents per BerkShare.

Over 70 area non-profits currently accept BerkShares for donations. Participating banks provide BerkShares with 12 brick-and-mortar offices where residents can exchange dollars for BerkShares and receive more information on the project.

Purpose

The BerkShares program seeks to foster collaboration among producers, retail businesses, non-profit organizations, service providers and consumers. It is an attempt to strengthen the local economy. The program also seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of local economies and to foster optimism for the prospect of gaining local economic self-sufficiency.

The project seeks to assure that a high percentage of each dollar spent will remain circulating in the community. This increase in community capital creates a positive environment for new entrepreneurial ventures. It is hoped that new businesses sprouting from the resulting local generation of wealth will replace imported goods with locally produced items, which are more environmentally sustainable in that they do not need to be shipped over vast distances by the use of fossil fuels.

One giant slip in Bangladesh news


Two Bangladeshi newspapers have apologised after publishing an article taken from a satirical US website which claimed the Moon landings were faked.

The Daily Manab Zamin said US astronaut Neil Armstrong had shocked a news conference by saying he now knew it had been an “elaborate hoax”.

Neither they nor the New Nation, which later picked up the story, realised the Onion was not a genuine news site.

Both have now apologised to their readers for not checking the story.

“We thought it was true so we printed it without checking,” associate editor Hasanuzzuman Khan told the AFP news agency.

“We didn’t know the Onion was not a real news site.”

The article said Mr Armstrong had told a news conference he had been “forced to reconsider every single detail of the monumental journey after watching a few persuasive YouTube videos and reading several blog posts” by a conspiracy theorist.

“It took only a few hastily written paragraphs published by this passionate denier of mankind’s so-called ‘greatest technological achievement’ for me to realise I had been living a lie,” the fake article “quoted” Mr Armstrong as saying.

The made-up quote went on to say that although the journey had felt real, in fact “the entire thing was filmed on a sound stage, most likely in New Mexico”.

“I suppose it really was one small step for man, one giant lie for mankind.”

‘Numerous hits’

The story was published on the Onion’s website on Monday and on Wednesday, the Daily Manab Zamin translated it into Bengali, attributing it to the Onion News Network in Lebanon, Ohio. It then ran in New Nation on Thursday.

Daily Manab Zamin, the only tabloid newspaper in Bangladesh, published an apology to its readers on Thursday, saying the report had “drawn a lot of attention”.

“We’ve since learned that the fun site runs false and juicy reports based on a historic incident,” it said.

“The Moon landing one was such a story, which received numerous hits on the internet.

“The truth is that Neil Armstrong never gave such an interview. It was made up. We are sorry for publishing the report without checking the information.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8237558.stm

Latest in Stimulus: ‘Cash for Refrigerators’


A $300 million cash-for-clunkers-type federal program to boost sales of energy-efficient home appliances provides a glimmer of hope for beleaguered makers of washing machines and dishwashers, but it’s probably not enough to lift companies such as Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR – News) and Electrolux out of the worst down cycle in the sector’s history.

Beginning late this fall, the program authorizes rebates of $50 to $200 for purchases of high-efficiency household appliances. The money is part of the broader economic stimulus bill passed earlier this year. Program details will vary by state, and the Energy Dept. has set a deadline of Oct. 15 for states to file formal applications. The Energy Dept. expects the bulk of the $300 million to be awarded by the end of November. (Unlike the clunkers auto program, consumers won’t have to trade in their old appliances.)

“These rebates will help families make the transition to more efficient appliances, making purchases that will directly stimulate the economy,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement announcing the plan. Only appliances covered by the Energy Star seal will qualify. In 2008, about 55% of newly produced major household appliances met those standards, which are set by the Energy Dept. and Environmental Protection Agency.

The money can’t come soon enough for the home appliance industry, which is mired in an unprecedented sales slump that began when the housing market cooled in 2006. Since then that slump has worsened considerably. Shipments of washers, dryers, refrigerators, and ovens dropped 10% in 2008 and are down 15% through July, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. “It’s brutal,” says Raymond James (NYSE:RJF – News) analyst Sam Darkatsh.

a marketing push around rebates

The leading appliance makers have felt the pinch. Whirlpool of Benton Harbor, Mich., which controls about 40% of the U.S. market, has seen its sales drop 20% through the first two quarters of this year. North American shipments for its Stockholm-based rival Electrolux, meanwhile, have dropped for a dozen consecutive quarters. Both companies have laid off hundreds of workers, and General Electric (NYSE:GE – News) mulled shutting down an entire refrigerator plant earlier this year until deciding to keep it open with a reduced workforce.

Not surprisingly, appliance makers cheered the news. Electrolux spokesman Tony Evans calls the federal program a “great opportunity to encourage consumers to replace their old appliances.” Lately, cash-strapped consumers have chosen to repair, rather than replace, hobbled dishwashers and other water-intensive appliances, according to industry analysts. Electrolux says it is readying “aggressive” marketing programs that will run parallel with the rebates, and it’s reasonable to expect appliance makers and retailers will devise additional discounts to amplify the rebates’ appeal. “We will be ready to go when the new incentive programs hit the market,” Evans said.

Unlike the popular, $3 billion cash-for-clunkers vehicle program, which ends on Aug. 24, there’s no guarantee that hard-hit consumers are prepared to plump for new washers, stoves, and fridges. The federal outlay will piggyback on rebate programs for energy-saving appliances that have existed for years in more than 25 states, but which have largely failed to spur demand. Home improvement retailers like Home Depot (NYSE:HD – News) and Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW – News) have also offered deep discounts on big-ticket appliances lately, with little impact.

“The cash-for-clunkers (program) had a discernible value proposition for the consumer, because he knows how much his (clunker) is worth,” says Darkatsh, the Raymond James analyst. “With appliances, there is no trade-in. You can walk into Home Depot and get a great deal on a home appliance any time you want one. Why would it drum up sales now?” Laura Champine, an analyst with Cowen & Co. (NasdaqGS:COWN – News), agrees. “I’m not sure if it will be as powerful as cash for clunkers because there is something compelling about that $4,500 discount,” she says. “Also, a new car is more fun than a new dishwasher. So I’m not sure if it will be as much of a driver, but any driver is welcome right now.”

Stock Market Overreaction

Analysts also believe that the stock market’s reaction to the program is overblown. Whirlpool’s shares rose 6% on Aug. 20 when news of the program circulated, and climbed another 5% the following session. “That’s silly,” says Darkatsh. He estimates that in a best-case scenario the rebates will equate to about $240 million in incremental sales for Whirlpool. But that’s unlikely, as it assumes that every American buying under the voucher program would not have done so otherwise. “The vast majority would have bought them anyway,” as purchases of appliances such as fridges and washing machines are far less discretionary than, say, cars or big-screen televisions, Darkatsh says.

The recession’s ability to blunt the program’s impact was underscored by a call to the California Energy Commission to discuss its approach to the rebate program. The entire state office is on unpaid furlough each Friday in August; no one picked up the telephone.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/bw/20090824/bs_bw/aug2009db20090821304909

Michael Jackson’s death a homicide


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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide and a combination of drugs was the cause, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press, a finding that makes it more likely criminal charges will be filed against the doctor who was with the pop star when he died.

Forensic tests found the powerful anesthetic propofol acted together with at least two sedatives to cause Jackson’s death before he died June 25 in his rented Los Angeles mansion, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released.

Dr. Conrad Murray, a Las Vegas cardiologist who became Jackson’s personal physician weeks before his death, is the target of a manslaughter investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. A search warrant affidavit unsealed Monday in Houston includes a detailed account of what Murray told investigators.

According to the document, Murray said he’d been treating Jackson for insomnia for about six weeks with 50 mg of propofol every night via an intravenous drip. But he said he feared Jackson was forming an addiction to the anesthetic, which is normally used in hospitals only, and was attempting to wean his patient by lowering the dose to 25 mg and adding the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam.

That combination succeeded in helping Jackson sleep two days prior to his death, so the next day, Murray told detectives he cut off the propofol — and Jackson fell asleep with just the two sedatives.

Then around 1:30 a.m. on June 25, starting with a 10-milligram tab of Valium, Murray said he tried a series of drugs instead of propofol to make Jackson sleep. The injections included two milligrams of lorazepam around 2 a.m., two milligrams of midazolam around 3 a.m., and repeats of each at 5 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively.

But they didn’t work.

Murray told detectives that around 10:40 a.m. he gave in to Jackson’s “repeated demands/requests” for propofol, which the singer referred to as his “milk.” He administered 25 milligrams of the white-colored liquid, — a relatively small dose — and finally, Jackson fell asleep.

Murray remained with the sedated Jackson for about 10 minutes, then left for the bathroom. No more than two minutes later, he returned — and found Jackson had stopped breathing.

“There’s no surprise there” that death could result from such a combination, said Dr. David Zvara, anesthesia chairman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“All those drugs act in synergy with each other,” Zvara said. Adding propofol on top of all the other sedatives “tipped the balance.”

Besides the propofol and two sedatives, the coroner’s toxicology report found other substances in Jackson’s system but they were not believed to have been a factor in the singer’s death, the official told the AP.

When he died, Jackson was skinny but not overly emaciated, and his body had bed sores, the official said. The singer is believed to have developed bed sores in the months following his 2005 acquittal of child molestation charges, when he went into seclusion and spent long stretches in bed.

Murray has spoken to police and last week released a video saying he “told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail.” Murray did not say anything about the drugs he gave to Jackson. Murray’s attorney, Edward Chernoff, had no immediate comment but has previously said Murray never administered anything that “should have” killed Jackson.

A call to the coroner’s office was not returned Monday.

The 25 milligrams of propofol Murray told police he gave Jackson the day he died “is not a whopping amount,” said Lee Cantrell, director of the San Diego division of the California Poison Control System. But by combining propofol with a cocktail of the other sedatives, known as benzodiazepines, it “may have been the trigger that pushed him over the edge,” Cantrell said.

Cantrell said it’s perplexing that someone would give various benzodiazepines if one was found not to be effective.

“This is horrible polypharmacy,” he said, referring to the interaction between the various drugs. “No one will treat an insomniac like this.”

The affidavit says Murray told investigators he didn’t order or buy any propofol and had found about eight bottles of it in Jackson’s home along with numerous other medications. But investigators served a search warrant Aug. 11 at a Las Vegas pharmacy and uncovered evidence showing Murray legally purchased from the store the propofol he gave Jackson the day he died.

Murray didn’t tell paramedics or doctors at UCLA hospital where Jackson was rushed June 25 about any drugs he administered other than lorazepam and flumazenil, according to the affidavit. The document says it was only during a subsequent interview with Los Angeles Police detectives that Murray gave a more full accounting of the events leading up to the 911 call.

The coroner’s office has not publicly released its autopsy findings, citing a request from police detectives to withhold results until their investigation is complete.

Homicide, or “death at the hands of another,” is one of five possible findings in a coroner’s death investigation. The designation does not necessarily mean a crime was committed though it is a useful starting point for prosecutors, said Dr. Michael Baden, the former chief medical examiner in New York City and a forensics expert involved in many high-profile murder cases.

“It is an easier prosecution when the medical examiner calls it a homicide,” said Baden, who is not involved in the Jackson investigation.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090824/ap_en_mu/us_michael_jackson_investigation

WHO predicts ‘explosion’ of swine flu cases


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The World Health Organization on Friday urged governments to prepare for a second wave of swine flu this fall, estimating that as many as 2 billion people could become infected over the next two years.

That’s about one-third of the world’s population. The WHO has stressed that most cases are mild and require no treatment, but the fear is that a rash of new infections could overwhelm hospitals and health authorities, especially in poorer countries.

WHO Western Pacific director Shin Young-soo predicted many countries may see swine flu cases double every three to four days for several months until peak transmission is reached.

“At a certain point, there will seem to be an explosion in case numbers,” Shin told a symposium of health officials and experts in Beijing. “It is certain there will be more cases and more deaths.”

While areas in the southern hemisphere such as Australia appear to be experiencing flu seasons not much more severe than average, it is in developing countries where the fast spread of swine flu poses the greatest threat.

In those countries, it will place underequipped and underfunded health systems under severe strain, Shin said. Governments must do what they can now to prepare their health systems, said Shin.

“We only have a short time period to reach the state of preparedness deemed necessary,” Shin said. “Communities must be aware before a pandemic strikes as to what they can do to reduce the spread of the virus, and how to obtain early treatment of severe cases.”

In a video address to the symposium, WHO chief Margaret Chan also warned: “We cannot say for certain whether the worst is over or the worst is yet to come.”

“We need to be prepared for whatever surprises this capricious new virus delivers next… constant random mutation is the survival mechanism of the microbial world,” she said

She reminded that pregnant women face a higher risk of complications. The virus also has more severe effects on people with underlying conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and diabetes.

Chan said the issue of how to ensure adequate vaccine supplies worldwide needed to be tackled “head on.”

“We need to gather advice on priority groups for initial protection,” Chan said.

“This is one of the most difficult decisions governments around the world will need to make, especially as we know that supplies will be extremely limited for some months to come.”

WHO urges restraint on use of Tamiflu

The World Health Organization also offered new advice to doctors Friday on the use of antiviral medications such as Tamiflu, saying otherwise healthy with mild to moderate cases do not need the medication.

Those at risk for complications from swine flu — children younger than five years old, pregnant women, people over age 65 and those with other health problems like heart disease, HIV or diabetes — should get the drug, WHO said.

The agency also recommended that all patients who develop worsening cases, with breathing difficulties, chest pain or severe weakness, should get Tamiflu immediately, perhaps in higher doses than now used.

The advice contradicts some current government policies, particularly those in England. There, the health agency has been liberally handing out Tamiflu to anyone suspected of having the infection.

By contrast, Tamiflu is given in Canada only to those with severe cases or when the patient is at a great risk for complications.

But in Britain, where stockpiles of Tamiflu are more plentiful than in Canada, residents can call a national hotline to get Tamiflu without seeing a doctor. It is given out by call centre operators who have no medical training. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales decided not to participate in the swine flu phone line.

Some experts have criticized the approach, warning it increases the chances of resistant strains emerging.

Flu expert Hugh Pennington of the University of Aberdeen has called the strategy “a very big experiment” and said England’s approach was out of step with the rest of the world.

So far, only a handful of cases of Tamiflu-resistance in swine flu have been documented, including one in a Quebec man. But there has been widespread drug resistance in other H1N1 strains that are not swine flu.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090821/who_swineflu_090821/20090821?hub=TopStories

Mexico Decriminalizes Small-scale Drug Possession


MEXICO CITY — Mexico has enacted a controversial law that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin.

The law defines “personal use” amounts for those drugs, as well as LSD and methamphetamines.

It says people found with those amounts will not face criminal prosecution, but that if caught a third time they will be required to complete treatment programs, though no punishment is specified to enforce that.

The law enacted Thursday says anyone caught with personal-use quantities of drugs will be urged to seek treatment for dependency. It takes effect Friday.

In 2006, the U.S. government publicly criticized a similar bill. Then-President Vicente Fox sent that legislation back to Congress for reconsideration.

-The Associated Press