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Apr-29-2009

from the pages of duh!journal: swine flu(naming)madness

duh!journal scours the earth for dumb behavior….some low brow…some high minded…all duh!

a little known fact is that duh!journal started out as a medical publication revealing wasteful studies on things we already knew. so it is always good to get back to our roots in the medical field…….

from ap:

Israeli official: Swine flu name offensive

The outbreak of swine flu should be renamed “Mexican” influenza in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork, said an Israeli health official Monday.

Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman said the reference to pigs is offensive to both religions and “we should call this Mexican flu and not swine flu,” he told a news conference at a hospital in central Israel.

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…..because mexican flu is not offensive at all.  and surprise! mexico is not happy…from the jerusalem post:

Mexico on Tuesday launched an official complaint to Israel regarding Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman’s suggestion to call swine flu “Mexican flu” in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork.

Mexico’s Ambassador to Israel Frederico Salas complained to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem that the name Mexican influenza was bothersome and worrying.

The Foreign Ministry stressed that Israel had no intention of changing the name of the virus and emphasized the friendly ties between Israel and Mexico.

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and presenting something even worse…from sfgate.com:

That didn’t take long: Swine flu renamed “killer Mexican flu” by group urging border closed

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