October 2005

Bird Flu is nothing to balk at…..

October 28, 2005 // 0 Comments

Prudent or Paranoid? By Melinda Liu Newsweek Updated: 2:06 p.m. ET Oct. 26, 2005 Oct. 26, 2005 – The deadly H5N1 virus is creeping closer to China’s teeming cities—and to me in Beijing. On Wednesday, Chinese media revealed yet another outbreak of avian influenza, the third report in little more than a week. Over the summer H5N1 killed thousands of birds in four outbreaks, but they were all in the remote hinterland of western China, in the Central Asian enclave of Xinjiang or near the Tibetan plateau. Last week, though, the virus hit closer to home. Thousands of chickens were declared dead in Inner Mongolia, less than a day’s drive from Beijing. Then came Tuesday’s report of dead geese in Anhui province, on the bustling east coast. Wednesday’s news was an H5N1 outbreak among birds in Hunan, a populous southern province. China has yet to report any human deaths due to bird flu. But a lot of people are betting the fast-mutating H5N1 virus, which is endemic in China, will find a […]

Are you Chicken?

October 28, 2005 // 0 Comments

Just in case you forgot, I am in Hunan province. And if this doesnt sound like the virus is spreading, well, I would speculate its only a matter of time. I do, however, believe that it has crossed over, but like the SARS incident, the Chinese government are not going to admit until they realize they can’t stop it alone. Time will (cough cough) tell. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2005-10/28/content_488413.htm Hunan girl’s death ‘not linked to bird’By Wang Zhenghua and Tao Li (China Daily)Updated: 2005-10-28 05:41 Health authorities yesterday refused to link the death of a 12-year-old girl who had flu-like symptoms with the bird-flu outbreak in Central China’s Hunan Province. Initial tests turned out negative for the virus, but the result has to be confirmed, some media reports said yesterday. A health worker vaccinates a chicken in Xiangtan, Central China’s Hunan Province Thursday October 27, 2005. [Xinhua] The report of the girl’s death came the same day that three people on a French island off Africa were being tested for suspected bird flu – the […]

The Winter Blues

October 28, 2005 // 0 Comments

I have been quite busy and bored at the same time these last couple of days as winter begins to make its move on the China that I have grown to love. I will be adding more in the next couple of days.. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/traveloutdoors/2002541729_webchinablogindex11.htmlThe times has managed to send a reporter out here from Washington and although I am not a big fan of what she has been writing (its like suburbanites for China), she was nice enough to put my comments up on her comments page, which is here….http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/traveloutdoors/2002550703_webchinablogresponse11.html She is discovering a lot of things that I am coming to terms with–her latest posting says the token statement here in China: “This is China.” Until you have been here, you really have no idea what this really means but it serves as a good reference point when things go astry as they always seem to do here. I will be heading to Guilin next week and she stayed there for several days–have a look at some of her pictures. I […]

The Warming Trend

October 24, 2005 // 0 Comments

The lecture has been rescheduled for next week in order to allow for sufficent time to heal from this cold that I have aquired. It isn’t too bad of a cold, but I didnt want to do a two hour lecture on American Culture outside of my normal classtime, so they decided to put it off for a week. I am hopped up on meds and reading the DaVinci Code, but just wanted to invite you to check out the new “My Morning Jacket” album, which sounds just awesome. Check them out at www.mymorningjacket.com . If you do a web search, you will see that they just did a special on NPR’s All Music Considered, which I am listening to right now and it is just awesome. I am quite impressed. If you don’t know that much about them, your dumb and lame.They are playing at the showbox in November for those of you in Seattle–make it a culture day and go check them out. They are a really interesting bunch of […]

…taking time off

October 24, 2005 // 0 Comments

I will more than likely not be updating this site for the next couple of days. I have been asked by the University to prepare a lecture for the student body on American Culture–a lecture that will take place on Wednesday afternoon and there will be more than 2,000 students present at the lecture.They will pay me quite well for the lecture and I am looking forward to it, but I am putting together a powerpoint presentation for the lecture, so I’ll be working on it for the next few days. If you have any suggestions of things to include, please email me at timothyhogg@gmail.com –I also have a cold. The weather has has changed significantly.

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