Israeli official: Swine flu name offensive
By Associated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) - An Israeli health official doesn't like the name swine flu and wants it changed to "Mexican" in deference to Jewish and Muslim sensitivities about pork.
Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman tells a news conference the reference to pigs is offensive to both religions.
Both Judaism and Islam consider pigs unclean and forbid the eating of pork products.
Scientists, however, say there is nothing about the virus that makes it "Mexican" and worry such a label would be stigmatizing. They're unsure where the new swine flu virus originally emerged, though it was identified first in the United States.
Two Israelis who recently visited Mexico have been hospitalized with symptoms of the flu. Health authorities have not yet confirmed whether they actually have the virus.
Water drops on dandelion seed heads. The first rain we have had for awhile came this morning.
I took this photo about 10 AM, but since it was in the shade of one of our trees, I decided to use the flash and it made it look more like I had taken it at night.
While plucking dead blossoms from my Petunia plant I noticed this unusual spider so decided to take a photo of it. After loaded the shot in my computer I saw that the design on it's back looked like some sort of 'space alien'. Interesting. Enjoy.