Did it really need 25 minutes? Wouldn't five minutes have been more adequate, or even 10, at the outside? Yes, this is a terrible problem in Mexico, but other natural disasters in Mexico never rate more than five minutes, so what gives this story a weighting of 25 minutes (well, it actually seemed like about 95 minutes), when the economy is collapsing and the government is falling apart?
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.Yes, I'll be laughing on the other side of my face if (which is highly unlikely), this 'Swine Flu' panic actually turns into anything significant in the UK - in the same way that SARS and Bird Flu failed to materialise into anything significant, certainly compared to the 'real' flu epidemic of 1918.
H. L. Mencken
Maturin prediction? The flu vaccines used to 'treat' this scare in the UK will cause more damage than the actual flu virus, certainly in terms of triggering Alzheimer's disease, and other ailments the pharmaceutical flu vaccine lobby would rather you didn't hear about.
Did I hear the Health Secretary Alan Johnson claim the NHS had stocked itself up with 33 million anti-viral flu treatments (plus several million flu shots)? That's a helluva lot of money for whichever pharmaceutical company supplied it all. I wonder if the same pharmaceutical company has donated any funds to the Labour party in the last ten years? Please, I won't die of shock if that turns out to be the case!
No doubt millions of vulnerable older and younger people will be harangued by the state's Big Pharma medics to take these cash-cow flu vaccine injections, further exacerbating the growing problem of Alzheimer's disease caused by such vaccines. Oh well, so long as it all looks good in tomorrow morning's newspaper headlines, then that's all that matters; the small matter of injecting cocktails of organomercury neurotoxic compounds, combined with aluminium and formaldehyde, to kill and suspend the active viral components, can be safely ignored.
If you want another prediction, it is that we will at some point be hit by some kind of virulent plague in the next few years, but it will come completely from 'out of left field', as the Americans say, and the vast worldwide UN-based bureaucracy designed to deal with such things will be completely caught out and completely unprepared for it (whatever it is), despite billions in ongoing funding.
Yes, there will be plagues every now and again. This is the nature of 'Black Swans'. But let's just deal with them on an individual basis, country by country, as and when they occur, rather than equipping and powering a vast worldwide bureaucracy to 'deal' with these supposed continual crises - a bureaucracy which will know it will only continue to exist if it keeps scaring the heebie jeebies out of us every six months.
Meanwhile, I'll be following Dr Miller's advice about taking Vitamin 'D' and avoiding flu shots, just in case.
(As well as Vitamin 'D', to counteract flu viruses, for more by Dr Miller on maintaining a good nutritional balance, try this splendid article: Nutritional Supplements for Optimum Health.)
Peter Schiff mentions this 'scare', at 5:55+:
Ron Paul gives us the history on US government manipulation of 'Swine Flu' scares and how to react sensibly to such things:
UPDATE: Chilling, yet hysterically funny 'Swine Flu Fever' scare video from the 1976 US Federal government: