Friday, July 31, 2009

It's all about fear, isn't it? Oh, and money too

Figuring How To Terrify Us Over Swine Flu

'U.S. health officials say swine flu could strike up to 40% of Americans over the next two years and as many as several hundred thousand could die."

So declares an Associated Press article, the writer of which you can picture trying to catch his breath as he pounds away at the keyboard. In its exclusive revelation of unpublished figures, AP says: "Those estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mean about twice the number of people who usually get sick in a normal flu season would be struck by swine flu."

No, they don't. The CDC's influenza Web site shows they're essentially the same.

Welcome to the wonderful world of swine flu hysteria, in which health agencies — be it the World Health Organization (which declared a worldwide pandemic with just 244 deaths) or the CDC — can tell any scary story they want with the assurance that the mainstream media will never challenge them. That includes pointing to a piglet and proclaiming it to be a wild, raging boar.


  1. That article also claims "heterosexual AIDS" is a fear tactic of the CDC. Surely you don't believe that only gay people are at risk of HIV, Meryl?

  2. It may also be worth mentioning, dear Meryl, that pandemic status is unrelated to mortality, but to transmissability and infection rate. So the WHO declaring a pandemic has precisely zero to do with the death rate from Inf.A(H1/N1) and a great deal to do with how quickly and easily the virus spreads.

    I don't expect you to even read this - but I thought a little reality couldn't hurt.