Swine Flu: Crisis, or Conspiracy?

Biden’s office mentioned that Joe was merely talking, specifically, about travel to and from Mexico. If that was true, why did he mention the subway?

By Ian R. Thorpe
America’s Right

The world seems to get more insane every day. Mainstream media in developed nations have in the past few days become frantic in their efforts to spread Fear and Panic. Why? Because of an outbreak of a new variant influenza virus that has so far infected a few thousand people and killed, up to now, around 150.

Since when did people dying become so unacceptable? People die all the time. Life’s a bitch. Swine ’flu is still a long way from being a pandemic — it is not even a national epidemic in Mexico yet. “But millions could die,” protest the peddlers of Fear and Panic. Note the “could,” and the lack of “will.” The only thing that is epidemic at the moment is hyperbole.

So far, just over 2,000 cases have been confirmed in Mexico and 150 people have died. A handful of cases have been confirmed outside Mexico and, with the very unfortunate exception of a young child in Texas, all are recovering or responding to treatment. To put the figures in perspective, with 2,000 cases in a nation of approximately 110 million people, at present the chances of being infected are one in 50,000. Is that cause to panic?

Scientists and the politicians who pay them are talking up the threat, so ought we to listen to them? It is as wise to be as skeptical of scientists as we are of politicians. As mentioned before on a different topic and probably in a comment thread, Tony Blair–the man on whose political persona Barack Obama’s image seems to be closely modeled–told an aide on September 11, 2001 that it was a “good day to bury bad news.” Indeed, Obama’s policy base owes much to the ideals of the UK Labour Party (even down to authoritarian tendencies). In fact, many ideas being tried for the first time in America have failed again and again under Labour administrations in Britain. Even Karl Marx understood if every individual is given an equal share of the nation’s wealth, within a year some would be millionaires and others impoverished. Unfortunately, the techniques use to sell dodgy policies have now crossed the Atlantic.

With Al Qaeda more or less behaving themselves, where does a government faced with the prospect of having to announce more terrible economic data or the collapse of a major car maker find enough bad news under which to bury something that big? Blair’s spinmeister Alistair Campbell had the answer to that too — presentation is all.

Bring up a story enough to make people worry that their lives are threatened and they will not be listening to bad economic data or fretting about job losses. That may seem over the top, but consider what became of other threatened epi and pandemics. In the 1980s, medical science and political spin were working together to whip up hysteria about AIDS. “If you had five sexual partners in a year you are in a high risk category” said the public information campaign, and people believed it. Letters were sent to agony aunts and television doctors by people worried that their (heterosexual) partners may have been promiscuous and thus infected them. In fact, the case was that AIDS showed no sign of mutating into a contagious virus, but rather was passed on in very specific ways. People who were not drug users and restricted themselves to “normal” activity, even with many partners, had an infinitesimal level of risk and even that mainly came from receiving infected blood products during medical procedures. (Of course, I know it is not politically correct to refer to “normal” sexual activity, but we all know what it means here.)

AIDS never became the threatened pandemic. Recently, some medical researchers have spoken out, describing how they were pressured into disguising the results of their research to give the impression everybody was at risk from AIDS rather than specific groups. Africa, where certain abnormal sexual practices and social mores are rife, is the exception.

In Britain, in the mid 1990s, we had the BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis) scare. “Mad Cow Disease,” as it was known, would according to scientists kill millions of Britons in a particularly repulsive way as their brains turned to mush. At the height of the scare from 1995 to 1997, medical experts with higher degrees from respectable universities forecast catastrophe. The scare stories which painted a scenario of 10 million Britons dying slowly, losing their mental faculties, control of their limbs and finally body functions because they had eaten infected meat frightened the government into ordering the slaughter of millions of cattle that may or may not have been infected. £5 billion was spent on compensating farmers for loss of their herds.

(Now, we see that similar culling procedures are taking place in Egypt. This time, it’s swine flu, and it’s the pigs’ turn to be slaughters. Similarly, farmers are furious.)

BSE, by the way, is not infectious, and while nobody ever identified with any certainty the cause, it is thought to be the result of clusters of rogue proteins called prions forming in brain tissue. The disease seemed to abate in cattle once the practice of fattening them on feeds made from cattle abattoir waste was made illegal. Cannibalism, it seems, is never a good idea.

As for the human form of the disease, the link with infected meat was never conclusively proved and, though certain practices in the food processing industry are now banned, cases are still occasionally reported in humans. Only a few hundred people died though, even at the height of the scare.

While the BSE scare was in full swing, a scientific paper claiming sheep had been infected by being grazed on pastures shared with cattle reached the public domain. There was no evidence to suggest this was the case and a well know disease of sheep, scrapie, produces similar symptoms to those suffered by cattle with Mad Cow Disease. The scientist responsible for the paper commented “the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” Compare that of course to the reaction of the science community when lay people question the case for climate change, the safety of multiple vaccines, or the risks of genetically modified foods. Always, with the volume turned up to eleven, the combined responses yell, “there is no scientific evidence to support your doubts, you are being led by superstition and media hysteria.”

In 2003, an outbreak of a “new disease,” SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) was predicted to have “a 25 percent chance of killing tens of millions of people.” The papers, aware that sensation sells, dubbed it “a plague worse than AIDS.” Not one single person in Britain died.

Note how these warnings are always made in very indefinite terms. Swine Flu could kill, SARS has a 25% chance. “Possibly” and “potentially” occur often, too.

That should provide some perspective on the Swine Flu scare. How worried should you be? Take care, but don’t panic. The main killers in any epidemic are poverty and ignorance combined with Fear and Panic. To understand why government and medical agencies promote hysteria, ask yourself the question Marcus Tullius Cicero asked the Roman Senate around 2000 years ago: Cui bono? Who benefits? Who stands to gain?

Governments whose agenda includes the suppression of rights and freedoms always benefit from an outbreak of Fear and Panic. The Labour government in power in Britain since 1997 have used scaremongering many times to divert public attention from bad news and avoid scrutiny. Tony Blair’s famous 45-minute claim in which he tried to convince the nation Saddam Hussein could launch a strike against British targets with 45 minutes’ notice was an example famous because of its failure and the resulting destruction of Blair’s credibility. George W. Bush’s actions in the wake of 9/11 and his later claims regarding weapons of mass destruction exploited the same human instincts. Saddam may have posed some small threat in 1991 but in 2001 was a spent force. He could have been taken out of the equation with far more subtlety.

Blair and Bush, no matter what we might think of them now, were astute enough politicians to get themselves elected in the first place — so why did they turn to such tactics? Here’s a theory: After the dotcom bubble burst in 2000, it was clear the global capitalists had screwed up by trading in things that did not exist, and the world was sliding into recession. The Obama administration, in a display of their naivete, talks of Roosevelt’s New Deal ending the 1930s slump but, in fact, it was World War II and the preparations for it that brought the world’s big economies out of depression. Most economists knew that but dared not admit it publicly. A crisis was needed in both 1939 and 2001 to get public opinion behind the unpleasant realities facing the world. Right now, we are in a terrible situation throughout the developed world and, with two shooting wars and a war on terror already in progress, that avenue is closed. So where do beleaguered governments look for excuses to spend insane amounts of money and impose greater controls on the public? A plague maybe?

Cui bono? The government.

There is also the question of mass medication programmes. In the UK and to a lesser extent in the US there is a long running argument about the safety of MMR vaccine. Once again, the proponents of mass vaccination cite “no scientific evidence” of the alleged link (in a very small number of cases it must be said) to the onset of autism. The observations of parents are dismissed as “anecdotal” and therefore invalid. The heat seemed to have gone out of the debate, but take up of MMR fell below 70 percent, and this was not enough for Big Pharma. They lobbied the government for compulsion and stirred up a totally hypothetical threat of a measles epidemic, citing measles as a killer disease.

Cui bono? The Pharmaceutical Companies.

The MMR argument could easily have been killed. The single measles vaccine is very effective and no controversy at all attaches to it. Government, however, refuses to give parents a choice and has imposed sanctions on private clinics that offer three single vaccines to parents willing to pay. As one would expect, parental resistance to MMR is hardening.

Over the past few years, government’s pressure on the public to accept mass ’flu vaccination programmes has been met with a stonewall of indifference from the people. Big Pharma are not getting a good enough return for their investment. Could that have anything to do with the Swine Flu scare?

Now we are seeing a pattern emerge in the use of Fear and Panic. In order to push an unpopular policy, create a scare story. People wondering how concerned they should be about Swine Flu can take heart: the human influenza virus–of which Swine Flu is a variant–is an unpleasant illness but not often a killer unless there is a precondition to complicate it. Those most at risk are the very young, the very old, and people with chronic illnesses. In Mexico and other third world countries poverty, ignorance, poor communications, poor nutrition and lack of clean drinking water will be enough to raise the death toll. In the United States and Britain, we have no excuse for being poorly nourished or for lacking information. Take good care of the children and the people most vulnerable to infection and the rest of us have little to worry about unless we are very unlucky and have an extreme reaction. To put it in perspective again, you have a far higher chance of dying or being badly injured in a road accident.

As the scare stories keep coming, keep asking “cui bono?” Once you understand who may benefit, you are equipped to deal with Phobos and Diemos, the two horses that pull the chariot of ancient Greek war god Ares. Their names, of course, translate to “Fear” and “Panic.”

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Ian Thorpe is a British satirical writer. Before retiring at a rather tender age following a serious illness, he was a consultant specializing in integrated digital networks. His projects involved him in utilities, banking and finance, oil and chemicals and many branches of commerce and government. He had some writing success in the 1970s and 1980s but had to put that aside because consultancy paid better. He has been contributing at America’s Right since March 2009.

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  1. vcw39 says:

    President Obama is the carrier. He attended a meeting where he was infected and because he is so ‘healthy’ he is transmitting it to everyone he comes in contact with.
    Actually this is another of his attempt to hide something else he is doing.

  2. WHAT IF WE DON'T KNOW? says:

    Not usually much on conspiracies here, but I stumbled on these videos regarding Flight 93…. wow. Anybody wanna comment on these? They have me spooked.

  3. Anonymous says:

    this flu business i think is more of a conspiracy than anything else, this could be a war-terror technique, all over europe they are going crazy telling the physicians how to go about the epidemic, when is vulgar flu, and is cured with normal flu medicines, virologist are saying to cool down, the labs that make the masks are making a good deal

  4. Anonymous says:

    Jeff asked: Biden’s office mentioned that Joe was merely talking, specifically, about travel to and from Mexico. If that was true, why did he mention the subway?

    Because Biden is known for putting his foot in his mouth — a gaffe?

    Probably helps us out in the long run, but we al know he doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut!

    If Cheney had left Obama’s BC for Biden, Biden would be too stupid to know what to do with it!

  5. RoBotech says:

    Uh, anyone notice that the ONE fatality mentioned in this article was an Illegal Alien child? AND that it had been treated for weeks AND flown to two hospitals?
    Who paid for that?
    Still think we should leave the Border wide open?
    Well, so does our Liberal Government.
    Insanity rules in DC.

  6. Gail B says:

    Great write-up, Ian. I think you’ve onto it at every point!

    Georgia has had one death from the Swine flu. A woman from Kentucky, bless her, spent several days in Mexico before visiting here in Lagrange, GA. (That’s over at the Alabama line.) She went to clinic after clinic without having her illness diagnosed. Then, she checked into a hospital with the Swine flu symptoms and died the next day. She was not a Georgian.

    Early on, however, news went out that this was not expected to be a severe type of flu. Then I read that the Tamiflu vaccine was ineffective for the Swine flu, and the volume was turned up on the number of cases. So PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES are busy as bees developing a new vaccine while the stocks in those companies climb. I read somewhere that Rumsfeld owns a lot of pharmaceutical stocks.

    Now one of Obama’s aides who went with him on his Apology Tour has developed symptoms. (How much more appropriate in this case can this adage be?) — “What goes around comes around.”

    I’ve had the flu before, including the one in about 2000 that killed a lot of people. It came close to getting me, too; but I’m tough. I don’t get a “little” sick; but when I do get down, just be prepared to call the coroner.

  7. HELP ME OUT says:

    I forgot to place the link in here regarding my Flight 93 comment above…. here it is:
    http://hoodwinkedatshanksville.blogspot.com/

    There are about 5 videos about 10 min. each. I’m losing sleep thinking these over!

  8. ADIOS says:

    Press 1 for English
    Press 2 for directions back to Mexico

  9. Anonymous says:

    “Since when did people dying become so unacceptable? People die all the time.”

    That caused me to laugh out loud for the first (probably only) time during this day. Thank you for that!

    JV

  10. Anonymous says:

    My employer in the past has ‘offered’ the flu vaccine. The past couple years the pressure was increased to get it until this last season we either took it or we couldn’t work there (or got a note from a physician saying we were allergic or a note from a religious leader saying it was against our religion.) (that’s a summary of it) But then went on to say it wasn’t mandatory. Hmmmmmm.. either get it or get fired???? Sounds vaguely mandatory.

    I think it’s blown way out of proportion. WAY out. But that said, I think this ‘event’ is like a fine perfume or wine. It has a surface or top fragrance/taste….but there is a second or latter taste or smell…. I think there is more to it. But again, I’m not worried about getting the flu.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Help Me Out:

    I will watch these…I, too, have been doing some research. I am reading a book called “Terror Conspiracy.” Something in my gut tells me that all is not what it seems in this country. My research started with globalism and the New World Order, agendas of the Council on Foreign Relations, Bildebergers, Trilateral Commission, etc.

    People who say this is all “crazy talk” need to research the facts regarding these things before they lable people. They generally are people who don’t want to entertain any thoughts that there might be some really sinister people with horrid motives in the world. Thanks for the info!

    Lisa in TX

  12. GATOR-1 says:

    Bloody Well Said Mate.

    Its always Cui bono and it isnt ever us the people no matter which side of the pond we are on.

    BLESSINGS PATRIOTS

  13. tm says:

    OT
    Hey Jeff did you see this today ….anywhere ?
    http://volokh.com/posts/1241068762.shtml

  14. Anonymous says:

    More insanity to add to O.’s mix. I agree that it is a manufactured crisis, and it’s too bad that his aide doesn’t pass it around to O. and all his cohorts. Maybe he could go on sick leave and leave Bi Bi in his place.

  15. Dominique says:

    Very well written. Thank you for sharing your perspective and knowledge.

  16. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    tm:

    I just saw that myself. I’m waiting on some comments from the lawyer I know, the guy who was co-counsel in Heller v. DC. With or without the comments, hopefully I’ll have something out tomorrow.

    Thanks.

    Jeff

  17. Anonymous says:

    It’s their/his opportunity – with the eager help of the big media – to pose as the decisive defenders of vulnerable Americans who might otherwise be dropping like flies.

    Despite the readily available fact that some 35 to 40,000 normally die of the flu in this country each year.

  18. Anonymous says:

    EVERYONE HAS GOT TO READ THIS ARTICLE FROM CANADA FREE PRESS:

    Go to: infowars.com and read the main article “Obama and Acorn GPS Marking Every Front Door in America?”

    This is Orwellian and scary! And it is also true, not some hoax!

    Lisa in TX

  19. Gail B says:

    OUCH! I’ve had another set of thoughts collide in my head again:

    Someone made a comment in an earlier story’s thread about a video that was worrisome, about the growing population of Muslims in the world and how many children a family would have to maintain a culture. (Hold that thought.) Muslims, according to the video, have 8.something children.

    We have this “AKA” as president, and he is for late-term abortions. (Not good when the number of children needed is 2.3, I believe the video said, to maintain a culture of a country.)

    Now comes this Level 5 flu situation. Countries all over the world are shutting down travel into Mexico, but the United States isn’t. Neither is it closing the border for people coming into the country from Mexico. As we do not know the severity of this flu strain, that seems a bit irresponsible when it comes down to protecting the health and lives of American citizens and those already in our country.

    Obama didn’t mind spending a chunk of money to protect the RATS in Pelosi’s district, but he can’t close the borders to protect the people in this country? This is on top of his support for late-term abortions.

    I can still hear him telling George Stephanopoulos, “My Muslim faith” and can still see him bowing almost double to the Saud king.

    Does anybody else see anything wrong with this picture?

  20. Anonymous says:

    Gail B:

    I saw the video too…shocking! But also remember that all of the other stuff you mentioned is for the New World Order purpose of massively depopulating the planet so that the population is at a controllable level. Abortion+disease+war=eugenics! I still wonder how the NWO dudes are going to handle the Muslim pop. explosion…maybe they can destablize the Middle East enough that they will annihilate each other. I don’t think that the Muslim world is on board with the NWO, so that is a problem for them…hmmm…I wonder how they will solve that one!

    I bet Jeff is going to kick me off of this site soon!

    Lisa in TX

  21. Gail B says:

    Lisa in TX–

    So much for “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!”

    What I can’t understand is why those under the Dome would want to subject their own descendants to such a life. Won’t we be living like an ant farm between two pieces of glass?

    Just finished reading Rep. Lamar Smith’s column in Politico and the AP story on Obama. I could hardly believe that the AP was that candid, thorough, and, well, honest! Refreshing! Thanks, Jeff.

    (Somebody ask him if he speed reads–he won’t tell me.)

  22. Anonymous says:

    Follow the money, always! Novavax stock soared the day Mexico announced it had confirmed cases. Interesting, too, today, they announced they have a vaccine in trials and will be ready soon. VERY SUSPECT. Dr. Lyn Horowitz has pinpointed the scientist in London responsible for this and demands he be brought to justice. Look for his video on Youtube making this announcement, if it’s still there.

    Vaccines take 6-9 months to create. The genetic makeup of this virus would be impossible to nail anyway, because of the way it’s engineered to recombine “out in the wild” and thus comes back with a bigger and more deadly outcome. No vaccine will be effective. In fact it is suspected more will die from the vaccine should we be FORCED to take it.

    By the way, the same thing happened with the stock with American Airlines and United stocks soared right before 9/11. FOLLOW THE MONEY.

    Napolitano was right when she said this wasn’t the big one.

  23. Blog Drugs says:

    The more I research about swine flu and the drug that is effective against it (Tamiflu), the more I start to believe that this virus outbreak madness is a well orchestrated plan of antivirus makers in order to gain huge financial profits. Have a look at the following news report from tow years ago:

    http://www.blogondrugs.com/swine-flu/the-swine-flu-conspiracy/

  24. WHAT A COINCIDENCE WHERE IT CRASHED says:

    Any pilots in here? I am a novice pilot. I’d like to hear back from any commercial pilots (ie 757) after watching those Flight 93 videos mentioned above. Something smells funny!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous 12:27:

    Yes, all of these things are just too coincidental…it’s definitely rigged! I also read that by far the largest holder of derivitives and hedge funds that were traded right before 9/11 was the FEDERAL GOVT! There was some anonymous private trading also, like you mentioned, but it pales in comparison to the value of the derivative short selling!

    Why don’t people know this? Why do people automatically believe everything this govt. tells them? The evidence is out there and verifiable!

    Lisa in TX

  26. Lilly says:

    Lisa in TX-
    That article is a bit scary especially to me now. I live in the country and last week someone came to my door but didn’t knock. I saw them and opened the door and they handed me the paper mentioned in the article about the census and walked away. I didn’t even have time to ask 1 single question. It bugged me a bit since we live so far away and thought it strange since they’re not suppose to be counting til next year but didn’t call anyone or anything…

    Ian – Sorry to highjack. Great article! We’ve been saying the same thing!

  27. cher-pa says:

    My house was tagged yesterday by the census.The Infowars article and the comments from the readers has me in a complete panic.How can we stop this?

  28. Anonymous says:

    When you realize that the Spanish flu of 1917 started out in a similar manner and did not begin to escalate until the Fall season, you can see some cause for concern. Widespread flu epidemics generally do not show up in the spring.

    The real concern may be that the Syrian mafia which was rumored to control Chicago and now, presumably Washington, is in a battle with Mexican drug lords over control of Mexico. The possibility that drug lords could use biological weapons to exterminate opposition is real and could become a greater threat to the U.S. than Islamic terrorism.

    There is an additional possibility that the U.S. Govt, under an Obama who has stated that science should come before morality, would use biological weapons to destroy the enemies of its cronies. In which case, many innocent lives would be destroyed. Recall that unspecified sacrifice is a favorite Obama theme. Recall that a drastic reduction in the human population is desired by many politicians. Put it all together and you have a recipe for massive extermination.

  29. Dee says:

    Our director of the local health department has issued a statement asking everyone to calm down. He states that he is not worried about this and that thousands more die each year from the “regular” flu. He does not feel that it will reach epidemic proportions. Of course, the administration is anxious to pass their national healthcare plan asap. How else will we ever be able to provide the flu shot to the millions who will need it?

  30. Gail B says:

    Global Research has an article called “Political Lies and Media Disinformation regarding the Swine Flu Pandemic.” Read it here or copy and paste the link below:

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=13433

    VERY INTERESTING!

  31. Dee says:

    Lisa in TX, I read the article in the Canadian Press that you referenced. We were sent a census form to complete about 4 months ago. I have not heard of anyone else getting one. I called and asked what would happen if I didn’t complete it and they said it was a law and I had to or be fined. I told the person that there were several questions that I refused to answer and she said to mark them N/A. I did and sent it back. I still have not heard of anyone else in my neighborhood receiving a form or of any of my acquaintances getting one. I’m assuming since I sent this one in that I will not have to do it again next year. My husband has always said I was a rebel and will end up in jail. It will be interesting to see what happens with the census.

  32. Ian Thorpe says:

    Thanks for the comments everyone. I can be contacted via my UK blog
    Boggart Blog if there is anybody wants to pass on anything to me that I might cover in future or has any questions. Boggart Blog is probably not a good read for Americans as we tend to focus on British news and personalities but there is a personal message service that is faily botproof which keeps emails out of the hands of spammers.

    Ian

  33. Still a Patriot says:

    Hi Ian -
    Thanks for being a voice of reason. This article puts things in perspective for us.
    I read an excellent article on the Investigating Obama Blog about the effectiveness of Vitamin D as an influenza deterrent. Everyone should be taking 2000 mg's of Vitamin D3 daily (1000 for kids) & stay away from vaccinations (if we will even have a choice!)
    I do believe this is another manufactured crisis. We need to keep our eyes on God & our wits about us.
    Susan

  34. Anonymous says:

    The WHO has the numbers even lower than in this article. 331 cases and 10 deaths.

  35. goddessdivine says:

    Great read, Ian.

    We have a district in my state that closed all its schools because of three possible, yet unconfirmed cases. Overreaction? Yes. (But at the same time, you have to look at the district’s perspective: Do they really want a lawsuit from some psycho parent?)

    36,000 people in the U.S. die each year from the common flu; 250-500K die globally. Let’s keep some perspective people.

  36. Roz Chatt says:

    In this age of instant communication any bit of news will be magnified. There is no way to control that, we live in a free society and we don't want restricted information. There is bound to be some panic at times.

    On the other hand, if something bad might happen people are better served by knowing about it in advance.

    Take your pick — this is life, there is no official instruction manual — we are all just trying to get through it day by day.

    Get a grip, it's not all a big conspiracy.

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