Thanks to reader Malcolm, for his suggestion that we look at Michael Fumento on the subject of swine flu:
Yes, I am writing on Obama’s swine flu “emergency”
And yes, it’s a bunch of hog droppings.
Swine flu Piglet ‘pandemic’…
Just eight weeks ago headlines screamed: “Swine Flu May Cause 90,000 U.S. Deaths.” They came from a so-called “plausible scenario” in a report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, which was actually a range of 30,000 to 90,000. And they expected it to peak . . . right now.
The President’s Council is led by Obama’s controversial “science czar” John Holdren, - who co-authored one book with Population Bomb guru Paul Ehrlich advocating U.S. “de-development” and another suggesting compulsory measures to reduce the population. The Council’s conclusion this time was as bogus as Holdren-Ehrlich conclusions back then. Read why…
[go to Fumento’s website to follow his most interesting links in this post]
The Pandemic Is Political
As evidence continues to mount that swine flu is more of a piglet than a raging razorback, why isn’t curiosity mounting as to why the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic? And definitions aside, why does the agency continue to insist we’re going to get hammered?
As I write in my new article, it just might be related to a speech the WHO chief gave last months in which she said “ministers of health” should take advantage of the “devastating impact” swine flu will have on poorer nations to tell “heads of state and ministers of finance, tourism and trade” that:
The belief that “living conditions and health status of the poor would somehow automatically improve as countries modernized, liberalized their trade and improved their economies” is false. Wealth doesn’t equal health.
“Changes in the functioning of the global economy” are needed to “distribute wealth on the basis of” values “like community, solidarity, equity and social justice.”
“The international policies and systems that govern financial markets, economies, commerce, trade and foreign affairs have not operated with fairness as an explicit policy objective.”
There’s a lot of WHO dirty underwear revealed in this piece. Wear a clothespin while you read it.
Flu Watch IV - What swine flu ISN’T doing this week
Total deaths since Aug. 30 from “Influenza and Pneumonia-Associated” illness are 2,029 reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site FluView. But only 292 of those have been laboratory-confirmed as flu of any type. (And yes, people die of pneumonia from many causes other than flu.) By comparison, the CDC estimates about 260 Americans die each day from “regular” flu during each season.
And the Swine Flu Count Website shows about as many swine flu deaths worldwide in the last six months as the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates die every six days from seasonal flu. The FluTracker Web site provides a running tally of new worldwide cases and deaths, telling us they are no more frequent than a month ago.
So there we have another pandemic skeptic. What do you want to bet he doesn't believe in global warming either? I swan, these skeptics who veer from the party line are going to get in the way of The Message. The Bare Knuckles Boys will be paying a visit to Mr. Fumento very soon.
Memeorandum is usually a good place to check for American news. There isn’t any foreign news but it’s still a good aggregator for what’s up in the MSM and the blogs.
That’s why I was surprised yesterday that there was no mention of the health “emergency” manufactured by the White House and dutifully spread by the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Well, the stories are up there now - here’s a new WaPo version, and here’s one from CNN.
Meanwhile the Times is starting up a new meme: the flu is spreading in 46 states and there’s not enough vaccine to go around:
The declaration came as thousands of people lined up in cities across the country to receive vaccinations, and as federal officials acknowledged that their ambitious vaccination program has gotten off to a slow start.
What’s is entirely missing is the most important story: the report from CBS. They spent three months researching this without any cooperation from the Center for Disease Control. If you read that news article you know that most of the illnesses being diagnosed as “swine flu” are mislabeled. See the chart in my previous post.
As I said, Memeorandum aggregates American news and blogs. It doesn’t travel far afield for stories. Thus, this problem with the vaccine in Sweden has gone unreported:
Sweden: Nurses got sick from the “swine flu” vaccine in Sweden * UPDATE - 1 suspected death
Yesterday 30 people reported to the authorities in Sweden that they experienced such severe side effects that they felt the need to contact a hospital. Today the number is 140. The Swedish newspaper Expressen is the only one in Sweden reporting on these cases and as usual this is most likely only the tip of a rather large iceberg.
UPDATE: According to Dagens Nyheter, the number of reported side effects are now a few hours later 190. 1 person died after the injection but “no direct relation with the injection has been established”. The biggest medical scandal in the history of Sweden has just started.
And it appears to be getting worse:
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Sweden: Fourth Person Dies From Swine Flu Jab
The news that a fourth person has died after taking the “swine flu” jab in Sweden is focusing attention on the failure of the Swedish Medical Products Agency (MPA) to halt the “swine flu” programme even as reports of serious side effects flood in.
Commenter u.l. dipped into the memory hole to bring back this bit of incompetent bureaucratic mess-up during the SARS “emergency”:
To understand the hysteria surrounding swine flu it is helpful to have a look at Margaret Chan, presently chief of the WHO. After all, it was the WHO that got the hysteria going and declared this outbreak a ‘pandemic’.
Mrs. Chan is a disgraced former Hong Kong Director of Health. Locally she is remembered for the mishandling of the infamous SARS outbreak in 2003. She is a bureaucrat who can act according to the rulebook only, incapable of independent thought or action. During the SARS crisis she went from denial to misinformation to blind actionism. The local health department under her leadership was for some time even unable to provide proper protective clothing and facemasks to hospital staff, and money was raised in the community to buy these things privately.
Now, Hong Kong is not exactly a poor place, in fact it is one of the richest cities in the world with a huge budget surplus. So money was not the problem but incompetent bureaucrats were.
After the crisis Mrs. Chan was fired (or perhaps resigned to save face - can’t remember) and dumped at the UN. What better place is there to get rid of an incompetent official?
She has since risen to WHO chief and obviously had a plan of action drawn up should a pandemic strike. The glee with which the WHO jumped at every single bird flu case in the past few years shows that they couldn’t wait to put their plan into practice. As they focused on bird flu and SE Asia, the new virus quite predictably arose from another strain and location.
It does not matter that swine flu, for all we know, has no different effects from the seasonal flu which appears in a different variety every year anyway. Margaret Chan had to be seen as taking action this time, meaningful or not, and swiftly declared a ‘pandemic’. In Hong Kong this caused overreaction and some chaos and dismay with the closure of primary schools in June.
This is the WHO side of the story as I see it. Of course, one should not let a crisis go to waste (especially an engineered one), so the situation is used to advance whatever agendas governments, the UN, companies and so on, may have.
They are determined we're going to have a plague come hell or high water. So what if they're dying in Sweden from the vaccine. Never mind. Just get your shots.
Hat tip: JD