What, no news stories? No Wikipedia link? No 'sponsored links'?
Why is Google granting the first search result of *swine flu* to fearmongering Stalinists?
Here's the reality:
In Australia and New Zealand, flu season has ended and almost all cases were swine flu. Yet even without a vaccine, those countries have reported significantly fewer flu deaths than normal.
Worldwide in seven months swine flu has claimed almost 5,000 people according to the World Health Organization, at the low end of the range the agency estimates die from seasonal flu every seven days.
What we’re seeing is "pandemic panic." FluView reports that only 29 percent of samples from surveillance laboratories are testing positive for swine flu. That means that fewer than a third of the samples that even doctors (much less scared patients) suspect may show swine flu actually show influenza of any type.
This is a pandemic in name only. When the WHO declared it one in June it was 11 weeks into the outbreak and swine flu had killed only 144 people worldwide. Yet the mildest pandemics of the 20th century killed at least a million people worldwide. How could the agency do it? Simple. It redefined "pandemic" in April, just days before announcing the swine flu outbreak, so that severity is no longer even a consideration.
Why issue it, then? Maybe because government, H.L Mencken has observed, ever seeks "to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
I love it! A pandemic need not consider *severity*!
Next, the Big Government will probably allow banks to ignore *market values* on their accounting.... Oh let's not go there.
Those excerpts are from Michael Fumento.
It is pretty darn easy to whip up a hysteria with Morons who have no memory:
What'll be next in 2013?