Friday, June 26, 2009

Gobernors of South Carolina, his lover and A Flu

Anonymous said...
Ferfal, Have you heard of Maria Belen Chafur, the mistress of the Governor of South Carolina? Have you seen a picture of her? Are people in Argentina talking about this?

As for diff between USA and Argentina, all I can say is the USA has changed beyond recognition. When we were kids, 30+ years ago, life was so tame. You could go anywhere as a kid at any time and there was no danger (I'm talking about a mid size city in the Western USA) There was NO divorce (unheard of) no single moms (the rare single mom gave up the child for adoption) there was no welfare at all for single moms, virtually no illegal immigration, etc

I remember my brother, a historian, saying, people will look back at the 50's and early 60's as the calmest years ever.

So, yes, we are resembling more Argentina. However, the country used to be extremely honest, hard working, and calm.
June 26, 2009 7:48 AM

Yes, the news is being spread a bit here, but most of the comments are rather positive, they constantly mention how American politicians seem to have a great feeling of guilt, while our local politicians constantly do the same or much worse, and yet never go public and ask for forgiveness.
The woman is a 41 year old single mother of two teenage kids, she’s a good looking brunette. Apparently they visited various romantic places, restaurants in Buenos Aires.
The news here is mostly showed as “Look how Americans do great mess over a little thing”.
The big news here is A flu. It’s just ripping through us, as anyone would have guessed since there just NO government to do anything about it. They just deny, deny and deny.
A-flu has affected swine here in Buenos Aires, and then back to humans, it affected everyone in a meat processing plant.
I’m worried and we’re talking about leaving the country. You visibly see and hear a huge amount of sick people. We try staying home as much as possible, use masks when going outside, use lots of hand sanitizer and shower. Our kids don’t leave the house anymore, my oldest one isn’t going to school (3 weeks now).



Anonymous said...

Thank you for the news about the flu. We rarely get any real news anymore, it's all being jammed by reports of Michael Jackson and this sex scandal. Even the trouble in Iran is moving to the second pages.

FerFAL said...

Its a tipical strategy, to burry real news under a pile of junk news. They do it here all the time.
"And that's all about MJ death" "ph, and about the numbers of dead due to a flu, you might want to multiply that by 5 or even 10 to get the real figure". No kidding.


Anonymous said...

I'm afraid whoever wrote that comment is looking back on history through very, very rosy glasses.

No illegal immigration? I guess this person has never heard of this most inappropriately named government program ever, Operation Wetback.

For the lazy who don't feel like looking at the link, allow me to quote the following: "Operation Wetback was a 1954 operation by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to remove about three million illegal immigrants from the southwestern United States"

Yeah. Illegal immigration was definitely a concern even back in the '50s.

The 1950s and early 60s were calm? Are you kidding me?!? This was the height of the Cold War! Despite all of the problems in America and the world today, at least school children aren't having regular duck-and-cover drills like they used to. At least we don't live in daily fear of being nuked. Oh, and there was that whole Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 that the commenter's historian (!!!) conveniently forgot to mention. And while we're at it, let's not forget the McCarthy era witch hunts and blacklists where your life and career were essentially over if you were a suspected Communist.

Social ills like high divorce rates and single parenthood? I'll be the first to say that people these days don't take marriage and family as seriously as they should. But I would also point out that back in the 1950s/1960s, the legal system made it very difficult for a woman to demand a divorce, even in cases of domestic abuse. If a woman somehow managed to get a divorce, it was very difficult for her to find a job that could financially support herself and her family. Thus, many women got married and forced themselves to stay married because they had very few other options available to them at the time; the result was that we had lots of people trapped in unhappy, possibly abusive marriages because of this. This is not something to aspire to or even look back upon with high regard.

Sorry for the long rant, but it upsets me that people try to play up all of the "good" parts of history while conveniently ignoring the bad. I could go on, but I think I've made my point loud and clear.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to add the Korean War and the beginning of Vietnam quagmire--two of America's worst military defeats--among the events that occurred during "the calmest years ever".

[This is why I shouldn't post before I have my coffee ;)]

Anonymous said...

Every white person longing to go back to the 1950s should do so as a black person to see how "great" things were.

FerFAL said...

… ok….
What’s that got to do the governor’s affair or A flu… or anything mentioned in this post?


lynnaea said...

FerFAL -- thanks for the info on the swine flu. Do you have the sense that it is deadlier or more dangerous than regular flu?

Anonymous said...

Ferfal has said before that Argentines have virtually zero immunity to diseases due to lack of food and clean water. Plus there are a lot of diseases going around. Fernando, you have plenty of friends here in America, and if you absolutely have to leave, I'm sure somebody would sponsor you and your family and get you up here. It won't be too much better up here in a couple years, but you can find many small communities where you would be welcomed and they would protect each other from the city mobs. Sometimes they're in the unlikeliest places. I considered moving to an agricultural area in the desert, now I'm looking at far northern California where there is a lot of possible foraging and hunting.

Anonymous said...

Best of luck to you and your family, Fernando.

Carrick said...

I wasn't alive in the 50s/early 60s, and I wonder if this guy was then too (of adult age, with a real grasp of the world beyond his doorstep.)

Let's not forget, most of these middle aged people suing the Vatican for complicity in child sexual abuse, we're children in the 50s. Lynching wasn't some phenomenon that appeared for the cameras during the civil rights struggle a decade later. etc etc etc.

It seems like the 60s, which developed a reputation for igniting the end of wholesome America, was more about bringing the skeletons out of the closet than surrendering to miserable sin. Blame TV and air-conditioning for driving people out of their neighborhoods (and family member's lives) and parking them in front of the TV. Female employment made it possible for women to leave miserable relationships. Married people didn't actually sleep in separate matching beds. teenage girls got knocked up just as much, they just got married (which worked out GREAT a lot, I presume.) It all sounds more like a society coming to grips with increased 'freedom' (economic-illusionary as it is/was, political-for certain groups, etc) and increased abundance of distraction. Doesn't mean the institutions that people clung to were great, just that change came too quick for some to adapt.. or that they can't come to terms with acknowledging what was always there.

I don't know, man. Anyone care to add to the list?

Bones said...

There's an article on the Wall Street Journal about a female boxer, Marcela Acuña, running on the Peronist party ticket. Critics say she is just a "testimonial candidate" designed to attract voters and will never actually assume office.

There are many ways a ruling political party can divert attention from the real issues. Sex scandals, epidemics and ballots can and will be used as political cover to perpetuate business as usual.

Don Williams said...

1) I hope you and your family remain reasonably well, Ferfal. (I know you are sick, but my understanding is that so far it has been like the ordinary flu for you. Hopefully, you and your family will recover shortly -- and possibly have an immunity to more dangerous versions of this flu if they crop up in the future.)

2) I have an update to some comments I made re N95 masks a few weeks ago.

I bought a few of the expensive ($4 per mask) masks certifed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in pandemics.

3) As far as I can determine, the FDA's mask's only advantages (over the more common and cheaper N95 masks used in building construction) is that the FDA mask is shaped so as to make it easier for untrained people to establish an airtight seal. Plus , it has a slightly plastic? outer coating that supposedly makes it more impervious to liquids being spilled on it from outside.

4) A FDA pamplet provided with the mask notes that flu viruses are too small to be screened out by an N95 mask and hence that protection against the flu can not be guaranteed.

My understanding , however, is that the mask can greatly Reduce the likelihood of contracting the flu because it can filter out the water droplets in the air formed by sneezes on which viruses ride -- and that the flu virus can not survive long without a water host (i.e.,can't live for very long after the water droplet on which it resides evaporates.)

5) As I noted earlier, however, some experts think that a N95 mask which has become very moist (from being saturated by water vapor from exhaled breaths) can allow flu viruses on the outside surface to migrate through the filter into the mask's inner surface where they can be inhaled. The FDA pamphlet does not discuss this but merely says to discard a mask if it becomes difficult to breathe through the mask.

6) As far as I can tell from the FDA and the US Center for Disease Control, no one has done a scientific test to determine how much protection N95 masks provide --and for how long.

6) In my opinion, it is best to have a lot of the masks (at least 100 per person ) and to discard each mask after 2 or 3 hours of use. Obviously, it would be best to never get within 6 feet of a sick person but people may be sick for a day or so without showing obvious symptons.