Swine Flu Update

I know you are all waiting anxiously for the latest statistics on the Swine Flu Epidemic.  (In case you forget, there was a Swine Flu pandemic going on!)

The World Health Organization has reported that as of mid December 2009, just over 10,000 people have died from causes related to Swine Flu.  That is a large number of people, but far less than the average +/- 36,000 people that die yearly from the ordinary, typical, run-of-the-mill winter flu.

What is also fascinating is that the vaccine can not be credited with keeping the numbers down as the vaccine was very late in making its way to the needed marketplaces, and in millions of cases the vaccine was useless and consequently recalled.

So what was all the hoopla about?  Why were there WHO comparisons to the 1918 epidemic that took 40 million lives around the world?  Why were there predictions that hospitals would be pushed to the limits in trying to handle the predicted 90 million cases of which 1.8 million people will need to be hospitalized?

The truth is that at this point there are only 7 US states left showing any signs of widespread cases.  The great big scare that the media and government used to get everyone worked into a frenzy is over.  Was the prepackaged panic used as a tool to help Obama and the Moonbat liberals push the House and Senate versions of the ObamaCare health reform bill?  Ron Paul thought so back in April and he said this:

“Step back and think for a minute before rushing and panicking” is the message coming from Texas Congressman Ron Paul who has warned that the swine flu scare will once again be used as a precedent for big government intrusion.

“It makes me think back to 1976, the first year I served in the Congress,” Paul has said in a video update. “We had a vote on the swine flu. Back then there was panic, they said it was going to sweep the nation and they rapidly came up with some flu shots and the government was going to inoculate everybody and save the world from this disaster.”

In other words, government was wrong about it back in 1976 and they were wrong about it again this year.  It’s a bad thing when government doesn’t learn from its own mistakes.  Government doesn’t have the intellectual bandwidth to predict problems and it doesn’t have the faintest idea how to solve the problems once they happen.

But its hard to determine whether government didn’t learn from its mistake, or whether government purposely got people in a panic.  There are some that benefited from all the hoopla.  They are the drug companies, Chemists, Soap and tissue manufacturers, health advice firms and, of course, the media.  But know that for every dollar those organizations gained we gave something up in tax dollars.  Perhaps nobody will be charged with calculating the total government cost of preparing for the disaster that never happened.  But can’t we all agree that it will end up in the $10s, perhaps $100s, of billions.

Government and the mainstream news media has successfully yanked our chain one more time.  They will keep doing it as long as we keep letting them.  They will do it with Y2K, Global Warming, Health care, and pretty much anything else they can use to separate you from your hard earned cash.  Isn’t it time to make it stop?

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  • has allowed me to see a masterfully run well timed media event of proportions unprecedented and timed with governmental power grabbing medical martial law provisions.  How can I not associate such bizzare behavior with the green depopulate now global intitiatives from the NSSM2000 report by of all people Henry Kissinger.

    The second wave of this, the melt your lungs out part of it is supposedly on it’s way.  The shots they have now don’t protect against this new strain, if they ever did at all.

  • That is a large number of people, but far less than the average +/- 36,000 people that die yearly from the ordinary, typical, run-of-the-mill winter flu.

    Flu season has barely started…..and I’d check on WHO is dying, not the numbers.  Swine flu is still killing non-traditional flu victims……20-40 years old an otherwise healthy are not traditional victims.

    Why were there WHO comparisons to the 1918 epidemic that took 40 million lives around the world?

    ….because it was a variant that killed normally healthy non-traditional flu victims.

    What is also fascinating is that the vaccine can not be credited with keeping the numbers down as the vaccine

    Completely baseless statement…..and a false one.  Flu season doesn’t generally start ramping up until Mid-November.  By then, all medical workers and most vulnerable people had recieved the vaccine.  Just because it was not available to everyone doesn’t mean anything.Why were there predictions that hospitals would be pushed to the limits in trying to handle the predicted 90 million cases of which 1.8 million people will need to be hospitalized?

    ….because epidemiologists are always asked for worst-case scenarios by newsies and politicians….and freely give them.  Milder infection scenarios are made too, but will not make the news because it’s not “sexy”.

    The truth is that at this point there are only 7 US states left showing any signs of widespread cases.

    The “truth” is that we haven’t entered into the bulk of the usual flu season…..although some years peak in early December and never gain traction again, most years there is a slight lessening at the end of December before it kicks back in and run amok through January and February.  The “truth” is that making ANY kind of statement about the flu season right now is…..epidemiologically ludicrous.  

    Was the prepackaged panic used as a tool to help Obama and the Moonbat liberals push the House and Senate versions of the ObamaCare health reform bill?

    No, not at all.  They would’ve done the same exact thing without it………..as anyone that paid attention long before swine flu could’ve told you.  Really….who didn’t know Obama was a snatch and grabber looking to take over healthcare?

    Government doesn’t have the intellectual bandwidth to predict problems and it doesn’t have the faintest idea how to solve the problems once they happen.

    This is the ONE instance where the federal government is the only entity that is capable of handling an interstate issue.  Pandemics of infectious diseases and what to do about them.  “Government” has done pretty good work with eradicating many diseases that were a huge problem within the last 100 years.  Yes, that comes at the cost of lives of the VERY FEW that will die from mandatory vaccinations, but the MMR, smallpox, polio, etc….vaccines are a good thing.

    OMG!!!  Someone made………MONEY!!!!!!   Off with their heads!!!!