About 57 million Americans, or something less than a fifth of the population, have contracted swine flu since April, the CDC says, of whom it estimates about 11,690 have died.
Never mind that data from other countries like France and Japan indicate the ratio of deaths to infections is probably much lower than CDC
assumes and therefore that 11,690 figure is probably far too high. It could be just 5,000 or even lower. It remains that this same agency says that on average 36,000 Americans a year die of regular old garden variety seasonal flu.
Anyway you figure it, as I’ve repeatedly written, and as the rest of the U.S. media have repeatedly not written – thereby giving the U.S. policy makers and the World Health Organization (WHO) free rein – swine flu is so mild that it acts as an inoculation and actually prevents a lot of deaths. In early October I noted we saw that pattern in New Zealand and Australia, where they had their flu seasons before we did and even had no swine flu vaccine, and therefore we would see it here.
That despite apocalyptic estimates of 30,000 to 90,000, according to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology or "89,000 to 207,000," according to a Washington Post op-ed by flu book author John Barry. (Not incidentally, the Post has repeatedly turned down anti-hysteria pieces of mine that were good enough to appear in other prestigious publications.)
In the meantime, the federal government has probably spent over $10 billion "fighting" the “roaring razorback” that proved to be a pathetic piglet, and a lot of people have been scared out of their wits. Around the world, other governments did likewise after the WHO declared its phony pandemic in an effort to cover for yet another hysteria that it fomented, that of avian flu.
That’s not to mention Secretary-General Margaret Chandler’s invocation to her minions to use the swine flu scare to convince governments that "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."
Why fight disease when you can fight capitalism?
Yet as with the first phony epidemic I began writing about, heterosexual AIDS way back in 1987, these data were out there all along for anybody to pick up and relate. The Internet has made it all the easier. Nobody sent me anything in a plain brown envelope. There was no “Deep Throat” informant and none required. Likewise with other phony infectious disease scares I’ve written about, including "pandemic Ebolavirus," SARS, and avian flu. Twenty-two years on and it’s the same old thing.
Am I a reincarnation of Nostradamus who, inexplicably rather than making billions playing the lottery, is doing work that doesn’t begin to cover his mortgage payments? Or is there something horribly, horribly wrong with our media? And for you "new media" fans, sorry but those teeming millions of bloggers missed the boat as well.