Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The swines use flu to pump themselves up again

Due to reasons beyond my control, I endured about 25 minutes of Newsnight, last night, sitting through an endless monologue about 'Swine Flu' (with the unspoken sub-text being that world government is necessary to deal with such terrible plagues).

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.

H. L. Mencken
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.

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:


Ju said...

In 1918:

In large U.S cities, more than 10,000 deaths per week were attributed to the virus. It is estimated that as many as 50% of the population was infected, and ~1% died. To compare, in "normal" (interpandemic) years, it is estimated that between 10-20% of the population is infected, with a .008% mortality.

The fact the current 'swine flu' has shown to be contagious is alarming. So far the virus has shown to have a 6% to 6.3% mortality rate. It may not seem like much, but please consider the following: The deadly influenza panic in 1918 had a mortality rate of under 1%.

This virus went on to kill tens of thousands of healthy people a day in large cities and up to 100 million people world wide.

Viruses, like this strain of swine flu, kill their host by over-stimulating active immune systems that are robust and healthy. That is why the victims in Mexico were between the ages of 20 and 45.

Some have said that no one in the United States have died from the virus, so we need not worry. Experts say it is only a matter of time. The virus is not prevalent enough to reach statistical significance in the United States, with only a handful of confirmed cases. 93.7% of all Mexicans with the virus recovered.

More cause for worry: The 1918 virus started off 'mild' before it mutated into a raging storm. It also does not mean we will see millions of deaths. It is too early to draw sweeping conclusions. Nevertheless, there is potential for a disastrous pandemic. If 50% of Americans catch this flu in the next two years, and the mortality rate stays at 6.3%, we would witness 20+ million deaths.

This strain of virus is more potent and more deadly than the virus that hammered the world in 1918 and 1919. Viruses come in waves. There are striking similarities to this virus and the virus that killed up to 100 million people in 1918. The first wave is historically more mild than the later waves.

In addition to this virus becoming more severe, it is mutating faster than previous virus that we have seen. In addition, this virus is nothing like we have ever seen before because it combines features from viruses natural in different parts of the globe. We are in uncharted territory.

If it follows the same path as the 1918 flu, we will see very damaging results. However, we must remember we are a global society now and the virus can spread quicker than we have ever witnessed in history. This is very concerning especially since the drugs we have now seem resistant.

While there have been no deaths in America, it is shadowed by the fact the common variable among the deaths seem to be age. While most American cases have involved the very young and very old (under 10 and over 50) the Mexican cases that ended fatally involved the robust and healthy (over 20 and under 45).

This virus kills the host by over-stimulating the immune system. The term that is used when the immune system over reacts is called a Cytokine Storm. It is usually fatal. During this “Storm” over 150 inflammatory mediators are released. This would account for the high mortality rate in 1918-19.


Jack Maturin said...

I'll believe it when I see it.

Paul said...

Check this video out: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9mh9f_swine-flu-1976-propaganda_webcam

I heard that Brown wants to give flu shots to everyone...

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