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Archive for April, 2009

Mexico officials ask citizens to close nonessential businesses

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 30, 2009 Comments Off

Officials in Mexico have asked citizens to close all nonessential businesses for 5 days. Besides the closing of businesses, citizens have been asked not to leave their homes unless its necessary. Yahoo news posted the article that is being referred to – Mexico shuts nonessential services amid swine flu This is just my opinion, but  [ Read More ]




Pandemic flu alert level reaches phase 5

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 29, 2009 Comments Off

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised its pandemic flu alert level to phase 5.   Source – Yahoo News.  Here is a link to the WHO website and press release – WHO goes to phase 5 on swine flu. What does this mean?  It means that the outbreak can not be contained. In response  [ Read More ]




Swine Flu updates April 25- 27

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 27, 2009 Comments Off

The past few days have been a whirlwind of “Swine Flu” events. April 25 – Texas closes the high school where the students tested posivite for swine flu.  Around 75 – 100 people are dead in Mexico.  The 75 – 100 varies because different news sites are reporting different numbers.  So its a little confusing  [ Read More ]




World Health Organization releases information on Swine Flu

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 26, 2009 Comments Off

The World Health Organization has posted a Swine Flu questions and answers PDF file on their website. Some of the information that the file covers – What is swine influenza, What are the implications for human health, Where have human cases occurred,,, and several other key points. Go on over to the Swine influenza page  [ Read More ]




Texas Health Officials close school in an effort to stop swine flu

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 26, 2009 Comments Off

In an effort to contain the outbreak of Swine Flu, health officials in the State of Texas have temporarily closed Byron Steele High School in Cibolo. This is effective immediately. To read the whole article, see this School to Close and Other Flu Precautions Recommended news article on the Texas Department of State Health Services  [ Read More ]




Center for Disease Control Podcast on the Swine Flu

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 25, 2009 Comments Off

The Center for Disease Control has released an MP3 podcast with information about the Swine Flu. This audio file is about 4 megs. On dial up, it might take about 15 to download. In this podcast, Dr. Joe Bresee – who is with the CDC Influenza Division – describes swine flu, discusses the signs, symptoms,  [ Read More ]




Flu outbreak prevention

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 25, 2009 Comments Off

Before we get started, the author of this article (Kevin) is not a health care professional. Do your own research before making decisions that affect your health. Links in this article are being provided for information purposes only. The flu is a viral respiratory infection – there is no real treatment or cure. Once someone  [ Read More ]




World Health Organization holds emergency meeting on swine flu

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 25, 2009 Comments Off

Its been reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting on the swine flu outbreak. The Center for Disease Control – which is part of the United States Government – has confirmed seven human cases of Swine Influenza A/H1N1 inside the USA. Five of the cases are in California and two  [ Read More ]




Cases of Swine Flu reported in Texas California and Mexico

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 24, 2009 Comments Off

The Texas Department Of State Health Services has posted a bulletin that 2 confirmed cases of Swine flu have been reported in Texas. This is from the Texas DSHS website: Laboratory test results received today from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the illnesses were caused by a swine influenza A  [ Read More ]




Rivers around the world may be going dry

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 22, 2009 Comments Off

A recent article on the BBC details how some of the world’s major rivers are drying up.  Water levels in some of the world’s most important rivers have declined significantly over the past 50 years, US researchers say. They say the reduced flows are linked to climate change and will have a major impact as  [ Read More ]




Maxpedition Proteus Versipack Review Part 1

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 12, 2009 0 Comments

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. And from the first moment I handled the Maxpedition Proteus Versipack, I knew the pack is a solid piece of equipment.

One reasons why this buttpack was picked, I needed something to carry just enough gear for a day hike. My current fannypack is a little big, so I decided to downsize.

Not only is this a fannypack, but it has a grab handle on the top. So the pack can be carried by hand, or worn around the waist.

Maxpedition Proteus Versipack




Our fragile infrastructure

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 10, 2009 Comments Off

If memory serves me right, sometime around 1998 somone in the Atlanta, Georgia was using a tractor with a post hole digger to put in a new fence.  The post hole digger cut through a major fiber optic line that provided service to Atlanta, Georgia and several outlying areas. Estimates at the time were that  [ Read More ]




Good quality ice chest

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 5, 2009 Comments Off

After a disaster – such as a hurricane – part of the relief efforts usually include bottled water, MREs or canned goods and ice. The ice is supposed to help people preserve their cold or frozen foods. But, this ice is of little good if the person getting the supplies to does have a good  [ Read More ]




When dogs attack

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 2, 2009 Comments Off

Over the past couple of weeks, several cities in southeast Texas have reported dogs attacking children. Lets not get into dog physiology and “why” dogs attack. Lets move past that point, the dog has attacked the child, the child suffered minor injuries and is alive and well. My personal opinion, if a dog acts aggressive  [ Read More ]