Pig of a thing

Does anybody else think that this Swine Flu thing is getting a little out of hand?

My sister in Germany reports that it rates not a barest mention in Berlin.

Friends wtih relatives in Denmark report that it has no visibility in their news.

Those who have been found the have “Swine Flu” are back at school/work within a week. You can be off for that long with a heavy cold. REAL FLU knows you over, shakes, fever, aches. REAL FLU is so bad you can’t get out of bed for 2 or 3 days, and will be sick for about a fortnight.

This all seems like a huge beat-up. Who benefits from this bullshit?


I’ve known a few people who have had the “real flu”, they’ve been in bed 7-10 days and off work at least a week more to fully recover. It certainly knocks you off your feet. I’m not at all concerned about this Swine flu, I have a sturdy constitution and a good immune system. I get hayfever, occasional migraines from the hayfever, aches and pains from arthritis and muscles strains. That’s it. I don’t catch stuff going around. I’ve decided I’ll start looking at getting flu vaccinations when I’m 60, maybe, if I’m still working.

Comment by river | May 31st, 2009 8:05 pm | Permalink

The WHO states that 79 people have died from it, over 12,000 affected .. now get this, the US Centre for Disease Control states that about 26,000 Americans (couldn’t find any world data)die from regular old influenza or from the complications it causes each year! It’s a beat up and the conspiracist in me says it has something to do with the US strengthening Mexican borders or diverting attention from the economic crisis. It’s a bloody beat up!

Comment by Baino | June 1st, 2009 6:32 am | Permalink

“Who benefits from this bullshit?”

Good ol’ Donald Rumsfeld and Tamiflu Corp. :-)

Comment by Mark B | June 1st, 2009 6:47 am | Permalink

I’m with Mark B – Tamiflu manufacturers. However the media also benefits – what sells papers and causes folk to sit through the ad breaks on telly like a deathly health scare?

I’ve only had real flu once, back in 1989. Couldn’t make it downstairs and with flatmates out at uni and work, yearned to be home with Mum….

Comment by Kath Lockett | June 1st, 2009 8:02 am | Permalink

Yeah, I got regular flu a few years ago. I thought I was gonna die. I wish it was Swine Flu becuase it is apparently not as bad as the regular flu. Why they shut schools for swine flu but not for regular flu I’ll never know. They say “but it could mutate into something much worse”, but regular influenza can just as easily mutuate into something worse, and does so on a regular basis. That’s why there is a new flu vaccine every year.

Yes it’s a beat up, and its getting damn annoying. But a lot of people benefit, not just the drug companies. Politicians benefit because they can have press conferences to say how wonderful their response has been and that they really care about peasants, etc. And the medical authorities benefit because they have everyone’s ears and are guaranteed boosted funding for the next ten years in preparation for the next trendy flu that comes around.

Why do my comments always turn into a rant on this blog?

Comment by The Man at the Pub | June 1st, 2009 2:07 pm | Permalink


Remember EasyCap? I have only just bought one and am just starting to enjoy the fun of getting it to work properly. I thought it was the software before I read your forum advice. I uninstalled the software (which came with the device) but it is now corrupted, so I have to download the proper version from Ulead, unless you know something else?
Then I will install the drivers as per the instructions, and hopefully I will finally be able to transfer my very old video tapes to DVD. I’ve been playing with this nearly 2 weeks now, would you believe?
Thanks, Annely

Comment by Annely | June 1st, 2009 2:12 pm | Permalink

Sorry Wally. I should have commented on the Swine Flu thing. I shouldn’t get so caught up in my own world. I have no idea who would benefit from such stupid propaganda, but I’m with you. I don’t really think it is that bad. I’m with River. There are worse around.

Comment by Annely | June 1st, 2009 2:20 pm | Permalink

Call me nasty person who doesn’t believe that business does things for the good of people but only for money. If I remember correctly, a small Australian company called Biota developed a drug called Relenza which can only be taken by a nasal spray and they set up a world wide manufacturing and marketing arrangement with the British giant Glaxo and Biota get 7% of the profits.. Then along came Roche Pharmaceuticals, a Swiss/American company which marketed an oral [tablet] drug called Tamiflu which does the same thing as Relenza. But I recall that there was some suggestion that Tamiflu was developed to circumvent the Relenza patent and then there was heavy lobbying by both companies to get governments to stockpile their drugs [they only last 5 years and then have to be thrown away]. But the governments were reluctant to stockpile large quantities of either drug which has such a short shelf life so after all the research expenditure, the companies have probably not yet recovered their costs. So out of the blue, we have a nice little earner, Mexican Swine flu; coming too late in the annual vaccine cycle to be included in the shots currently available. The only treatment available? Yes, you know it, Relenza and Tamiflu. And which works best? Yes, Relenza of course but it’s not made by American interests. So which gets distributed? Yes Tamiflu of course.
So what happens, there is a huge media beat-up and no government anywhere is going to found wanting when it comes to protecting its citizens [voters] so the manufacture and stockpiling of both anti-flu drugs is in overdrive while the rest of us wonder what all the fuss is about.
When in doubt, always follow the money!

Comment by Dad | June 1st, 2009 11:04 pm | Permalink

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