Posts Tagged ‘Swine Flu’
Ten Million Dead- a response about H1N1 October 9, 2010 | 05:27 pm

This will be a short (and hopefully not too incoherent) post, as I’m still recovering from a cold. But I have to respond to Robert’s post on the overhyping of the H1N1 Avian flu.

First of all, there’s a reason why the CDC has kittens every time flu season rolls around. This is because the CDC (unlike most Americans) knows their history. In 1918, a variation of the same flu that’s still going around killed over 50 million people world wide, or about 3% of the 1.6 billion world population. If it hit today, that means the US would have almost 10 million dead alone, of about 200 million world wide. And here’s the important part: we’re still not sure why. We’re not sure why that variant had such a high fatality rate. We’re not sure what genetic drift triggered the higher fatalities. What we do know is that it can happen again.

So now we see the cleft fork the CDC is in. So a new, unexpected strain of the flu shows up. Only a dozen or so cases so far, but a higher percentage than normal have died of it. Do you sound the warning, and step on the new flu outbreak while it’s still small and containable, or do you not? If you do sound the warning, and it turns out that the early deaths were just chance and the flu is no more dangerous than normal, then you’re shilling for corporate profits. But if you don’t raise the warning, and it turns out to be another 1918 and 10 million Americans die…

What is surprising to me is how rarely the CDC screws up, and calls things wrong. But they’re human, which means they will screw up and call things wrong. It’s inevitable. At which point you have to ask yourself which error would you rather they make: accidentally generating some extra profits to the pharma corps, or accidentally allowing 10 million people die?

By the way, there is no evidence in any of the links provided by Robert, that the intention of the CDC/WHO was to line the pockets of the pharma corporations, and not simply a screw up. I mean, to state the case baldly: 1) The CDC and WHO trumpeted the dangers of N1H1, 2) N1H1 turned out to be not as deadly as stated/feared, 3) Corporations made profits from distributing the vaccines, therefor, it was all a giant conspiracy to feed the profits of the pharma corporations. This is a conspiracy theory I would be ashamed to promote. Flu vaccines aren’t all the profitable at the end of the day- they simply aren’t that expensive. Really, how much money do you think they’re making on a $20 shot, given the costs of producing the vaccine, distributing it, paying the people to give out the shots and collect the $20, etc.

But there’s another aspect to Robert’s post that annoys me even more- and that is that he is feeding the anti-vax trolls. Children are dying, even as we speak, because their parents believe that all vaccinations are just scams by the pharma corporations to line their pockets. Whooping cough is making a big comeback. So is Polio. The only reason Small Pox isn’t making a come back is because we managed to eradicate it before we as a society came down with a case of the dumbs. Robert didn’t intend to feed the anti-vax story line, and thus aid and abet causing the preventable deaths of children, but that’s exactly what he did.

H1N1 Swine Flu “Pandemic” Was Commercially-Constructed Fear Mongering October 8, 2010 | 12:05 pm

Back when the fear of the Swine Flu was at its highest, I was calling shenanigans. It seemed just too coincidental that the flu vaccine was generated just in time for a flu to surface which was going to kill us all—unless we get the vaccine and thereby lined the pockets of pharmaceutical companies, of course. I also remembered the Avian Flu, and how that came to nothing. So despite the government’s warnings and the media’s hysterics, I dismissed the Swine Flu completely. Craziness!

Except that it turns out that I was right. The regular flu season and the H1N1 swine flu season weren’t particularly different:

In adults and children over age 6 months, the H1N1 swine flu was no more severe — and posed no greater risk of serious disease — than recent seasonal flu bugs. (cite)

As the hype trailed off (roughly trailing vaccine sales), a few reports started to surface, including the head of Homeland Security (who isn’t exactly known for being a source of reassurance):

“What the epidemiologists are seeing now with this particular strain of U.N. is that the severity of the disease, the severity of the flu — how sick you get — is not stronger than regular seasonal flu,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday (cite)

So where did the fear of the pandemic come from? The CDC and the WHO both were freaking the Hell out. And why?

The H1N1 virus has spawned widespread panic and fear throughout the world. However, upon closer examination, many of the claims made by the World Health Organization (WHO) seem to be based on weak and incomplete data. The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created and used data to grossly exaggerate the need for an expensive and unnecessary vaccine aimed at creating profits for the pharmaceutical industry—not protecting Americans. (cite)

Shocking.

Moral of the story: when faced with mass panic, the winning bet is that it’s caused by your media and your government shilling for the profit of large corporations.