Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sisters of GOP IT Guru Mike Connell 'Very Suspicous' About His Death

Blogged by Brad Friedman on 5/2/2009 12:04PM
'It's hard not to believe there was something deliberate about it'...

A few developments this week in the case of Mike Connell, the GOP IT guru who died in a single-engine plane craft last December, just after being forced to testify in a long-standing OH 2004 voting rights case, but before the case could come to trial. As The BRAD BLOG has long covered both the lawsuit, and Connell's central role, I wanted to make sure the new developments were noted here. Forgive my quick copy and paste, necessarily, given the circumstances of the week which still have me otherwise distracted in many ways. Background links on the entire Connell story are included at the end of this item...

First via RAW:

The sisters of Michael Connell, a GOP IT consultant and former associate of Karl Rove who died in a plane crash last December, are now questioning the circumstances surrounding his death.

“Shannon Connell of Madison says her brother Michael rarely talked about work,” a local Wisconsin paper reported Thursday. “She knew he ran an Ohio company called New Media Communications that set up websites for Republicans including former President George H.W. Bush and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. But it wasn’t until after he died last December, when the small plane he was piloting crashed, that she learned via the Internet of his tie to a voter fraud case and to allegations that presidential adviser Karl Rove had made threats against him.

“‘At first, it was really hard for me to believe Mike was dead because somebody wanted him dead,” the paper quoted Shannon as saying. “But as time goes on, it’s hard for me not to believe there was something deliberate about it.”

“A native of Illinois, Shannon moved to Madison in 2002,” the paper adds, “the same year as her sister, Mary Jo Walker. Walker, a former Dane County Humane Society employee, has similar concerns about their brother’s death: ‘It doesn’t seem right to me at all.’”

There were a few other notable tidbits from Bill Lueders' original report in Wisconsin's The Daily Page...

Karl Rove case witness killed in plane crash, sisters want answers
Web guru was potential witness in Ohio voting fraud case
Shannon and Mary Jo both say their brother, a devout Catholic, seemed upset in the weeks before his death. Mary Jo feels he was "stressed out and depressed" on his birthday last November; Shannon says he atypically did not respond to an email she'd sent.
Shannon Connell, for her part, dismisses reports that her brother was warned not to fly, but still considers the crash that killed him "very suspicious." Michael was an experienced pilot, and his plane had recently been serviced. Plus there's the timing — "after the deposition and before the trial. It just seems very convenient."

Previous BRAD BLOG coverage since the death of Mike Connell...

BRAD BLOG coverage of the Connell case prior to his death...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine flu has arrived at Ohio State University.

OSU Med Center worker has probable swine flu

Elizabeth Ramos and Megan Savage

Issue date: 4/30/09 Section: Campus

Swine flu has arrived at Ohio State.

An employee at the OSU Medical Center was diagnosed with probable swine flu yesterday, according to a statement from the OSU Medical Center. Officials are awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient contracted the virus outside of the workplace.

The administrator on duty at the hospital confirmed that the patient had been treated at OSU Medical Center and that the patient was discharged Wednesday evening. He said students should not be alarmed, and if they have concerns they should go to the Wilce Student Health Center.

The medical center has taken steps to notify and treat anyone who came in contact with the patient, according to the statement.

This case is one of a string of possible swine flu diagnoses in Ohio.

A Columbus woman tested positive for the swine flu virus, a Columbus health official said Wednesday.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Air Force One Terrorizes NYC - ‘Photo Mission’ Causes Panic, Evacuations + Fear

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‘Photo Mission’ Causes Panic, Evacuations and Fears of another 9/11

F-16s Seen Escorting A 747 Near Statue Of Liberty Affiliated With Department of Defense Photo Op

Some military aircraft flying over lower Manhattan, including a Boeing 747 from the Air Force One fleet, caused a brief scare for residents, workers, and pedestrians on Monday, but CBS station WCBS-TV in New York has learned the jets were part of a Department of Defense photo shoot and that there was no threat to the city.

According to many callers who flooded CBS 2 with their concerns, at about 10 a.m. the aircraft were seen flying at low altitudes over the Statue of Liberty and parts of lower Manhattan. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that two F-16s escorting a Boeing 747 -- which WCBS confirmed is also used as an Air Force One -- were part of the Department of Defense photo shoot.

Many residents and workers who saw the aircraft evacuated their buildings as a result, but officials say there is no reason for a panic.

Ellen in Bayonne, N.J. described what she saw to "I saw the jet flying very very low over the Hudson river, it looked like it was going to fly through our office window. Then it banked sharply toward New Jersey. But our building was evacuated because it did this 3 times. A photo shoot should have been communicated to the building in the area. We haven't forgotten 9/11, people were in a panic, lots of rumors, not a good situation."

Most witnesses who called and wrote to WCBS were furious that local authorities hadn't notified anyone about the fly-over. The FAA, however, says they contacted the NYPD, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Office, New Jersey state police and other local authorities were told ahead of time about the shoot.

However, that they were instructed by the FAA not to publicize information regarding the incident, NYPD officials told WCBS.

Air Force officials say this was a photo mission for their crew. They were shooting from the Statue of Liberty to south of the Holland tunnel, as well as from the Newark Bay to north of the Staten Island Expressway.

Officials say the shoot was part of a normal training mission. They added that they do these mission quite often.

Scare in Manhattan

A low-flying airplane escorted by military jets sent worried workers fleeing offices in the New York City area. The FAA said it was a "photo op" conducted by a unit of the Air Force.

NYPD Says It Was Told Not to Disclose Flight Information

The Police Department is referring inquiries about the flight that invoked terror fears in New York this morning to the Federal Aviation Administration, claiming the federal agency directed local authorities not to disclose details about it.

"The flight of a VC-25 aircraft and F-16 fighters this morning was authorized by the FAA for the vicinity of the Statue of Liberty with directives to local authorities not to disclose information about it but to direct any inquiries to the FAA Air Traffic Security Coordinator," read a message sent to the media by the NYPD..

A low-flying plane, closely escorted by two fighter jets, was spotted over Staten Island's North Shore and New York Harbor just before 10 a.m. The plane, which resembled Air Force One, was a "pre-planned" military flight taking photos of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Several buildings in Manhattan's Financial District were evacuated until it could be determined that there was no emergency. Some Staten Islanders were among those who evacuated.

The flight created near-panic conditions on Staten Island and in Manhattan. Many borough residents called the Advance asking if the plane -- which appeared to be a commercial jetliner -- was hijacked. The incident invoked memories of Sept. 11, 2001 when two hijacked commercial airliners flew into the World Trade Center towers.

"It is pre-planned, pre-coordinated with everyone involved," said FAA spokesman Jim Peters, pointing out that city and state officials were notified in advance. "It's a military flight over New York to take photos."

UN considering raising global pandemic alert level due to swine flu spread

WHO is coordinating the global response to human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1).

27 April 2009 – With swine flu infections now confirmed in four different countries, the United Nations health agency said today that it may raise the international pandemic alert today, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized that the world body is working rapidly to control the outbreak.

“The UN system is responding, quickly and effectively, with the Director General of the World Health Organization [WHO], Dr. Margaret Chan, taking the lead,” Mr. Ban told reporters today.

WHO said it might elevate the level to phase 4 or 5 – out of six – for the first time since the current warning system was introduced in 2005 in response to the avian influenza crisis.

A WHO emergency committee, set up to to advise on the recent outbreak of the deadly new strand of the flu virus, is currently meeting to determine the status of the pandemic alert level.

The agency reported that there are confirmed cases in Canada, Mexico, Spain and the United States, and that there are rumours of the infection spreading to others.

“We now have 40 reported cases in the United States and approximately 26 in Mexico, others in Canada and we now have a verified case in Spain,” a WHO spokesperson told reporters in Geneva.

Phase 5 of the WHO pandemic alert levels is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region.

“The declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short,” says the agency’s website.

The geographic spread and the increasing number of human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) has brought forward the second meeting of the WHO emergency committee to today.

“We are concerned that in Mexico most of those who died were young and healthy adults,” the Secretary-General told the media in New York. The elderly and infants are usually the most vulnerable to influenza.

“If we are indeed facing a pandemic, we need to demonstrate global solidarity,” he said. “The swine flu outbreak demonstrates yet again that in our inter-connected world, no nation can deal with threats of such dimensions on its own.”

Announcing that the World Bank and other UN development and humanitarian agencies will provide funding to countries needing additional resources to combat an epidemic, Mr. Ban said that the poorer nations must not be hit disproportionately hard by a potential health crisis.

“So far, our response has been an example of multilateral cooperation at its best. I am confident that it will continue to be so,” he added.

N.Y. mayor says swine flu cases may rise above 100

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City has 45 confirmed or likely cases of swine flu and that number is likely to rise as testing of more than 100 sick students continued, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Monday.

The outbreak of swine flu appeared to be contained to one high school in the borough of Queens, he said.

"We believe that there are probably more than 100 cases of swine flu at the school and lab tests are confirming what we have suspected," Bloomberg told a news conference.

New York City had confirmed eight cases on Sunday, when officials said the number was likely to increase. On Monday there were 28 confirmed cases plus 17 probable cases.

"This is in no way an indication of a change in the size of the population that is affected," Bloomberg said.

The virus has killed 103 people in Mexico and spread to the United States, Canada and Europe.

While the virus has so far killed no one outside Mexico, it has proved it can spread quickly between humans, raising fears that the world may be facing the flu pandemic that scientists say is long overdue.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Daniel Trotta)

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

CDC: Swine flu viruses in U.S. and Mexico match (

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Comment by Guy Razer Guys..dont forget this report from 12Apr....It fits....

Mexican Swine Flu Pandemic Risk When does an epidemic become a pandemic ? -> 68 died and more than 1000 flu- like symptoms in the Mexico, outbreak also hitting USA, and Canada

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WHO ready with antivirals to combat swine flu

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it was prepared with rapid containment measures including antivirals if needed to combat the swine flu outbreaks in Mexico and the United States.

The Geneva-based agency has been stockpiling doses of Roche AG's Tamiflu, known generically as oseltamivir, a pill that can both treat flu and prevent infection.

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April 24 (Bloomberg) -- Disease trackers are asking U.S. hospitals to help follow a new strain of swine flu and are trying to determine whether it’s related to hundreds of illnesses and 57 deaths in Mexico.

A previously unseen variant of H1N1 swine influenza has sickened at least seven people in California and Texas, the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday. The World Health Organization said 57 people died among more than 800 in the Mexico City region who developed flu-like symptoms in the past month.

60 Mexico flu deaths raise global epidemic fears

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican authorities said 60 people may have died from a swine flu virus in Mexico, and world health officials worry it could unleash a global flu epidemic. Mexico City closed schools across the metropolis Friday in hopes of containing the outbreak that has sickened more than 900.

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The Texas cases are especially puzzling. One of the California cases — the 10-year-old boy — traveled to Texas early this month, but that was to Dallas, about 270 miles northeast of San Antonio. He did not travel to the San Antonio area, Schuchat said.

Swine Flu Promps Mexico City to Launches Huge Vaccination Campaign

MEXICO CITY (Xinhua) -- The government of Mexico City is launching a massive vaccination campaign throughout the city against swine flu, which has possibly killed 45 people and infected 943 nationwide.

The Mexican government confirmed on Friday the outbreak of the swine flu, and warned people to avoid crowds.

"It's a virus which mutated from pigs and transmitted to some human," Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova told Televisa television.

(Reuters) - Mexico has reported a third possible outbreak of swine flu in Mexicali, near the U.S. border, with four suspect cases and no deaths to date, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

The WHO also said that the viruses in the outbreaks in Mexico and the United States had not been detected in pigs or humans before but were proving sensitive to Tamiflu. Known generically as oseltamivir, the pill by Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding (ROG.VX) can both treat flu and prevent infection.

"Because there are human cases associated with an animal influenza virus, and because of the geographical spread of multiple community outbreaks, plus the somewhat unusual age groups affected, these events are of high concern," the Geneva-based agency said in a statement. (For the WHO statement go to: here ) (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Jonathan Lynn)

Comments by artcarran
WebMD dances around this sticky issue:

"The new swine flu virus infecting humans is very unusual. It's somehow acquired genes from swine, bird, and human flu bugs. And it's also got genes from Eurasian swine flu viruses that aren't supposed to be in North America."

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Dead Scientists Society:

"DynPort Vaccine Company LLC, a CSC company, manages product development programs for U.S. Government agencies, and provides consulting services to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies."

(and their President is named "Dr. House")

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