I Got Flu, You Got Flu…

Back in April of this year the world (at least the commercial media)was hyperventilating about an outbreak of “swine” flu, renamed ( just in time) H1N1. The contagion’s spread was counted down in real time-one victim at a time. Rumors abounded.

Predictions were made about the (American) death rate possible from the mysterious killer disease that jumped the species barrier from pig to human. There were calls to deport the Mezzicans and seal the (southern) border(s). Lou Dobbs must have been thrilled to finally see some vigorous action taken after his phony hysteria warnings about a plague of Wetback borne leprosy was ignored. A one million (gasp!) pig filthy obscenity farm in Mexico, half owned by American pork giant Smithfield Farms, was implicated in the transmission of the virus. Since then, two things have happened: not much and nothing.

The pig farm is still gloriously, capitalistically, unregulated. That’s why they moved to Mexico in the first place. Unfortunately, Smithfield’s sales plummeted and it has asked for welfare gu’mit assistance.

No Americans died, although

About 36,000 Americans die from flu complications every year.

Mexico has reported 152 fatalities in flu-like cases in recent days, seven of which have been confirmed as swine flu. Another 19 patients have been confirmed as having swine flu but surviving. About 2,000 people have been hospitalized with symptoms. (Figures might have changed).

Authorities admit that the villages are poor. Malnutrition and other diseases  may have contributed to patient deaths.

And the source of the contamination is probably still there (though Smithfield denies it).

Health and Human Services, HHS and the Department of Defense are asking three companies for rush on doses.  These two government agencies can give the vaccine producers an FDA  “pass” on testing trials in an hysteria emergency.  Dosage levels, number of doses, and adjuvants, or extenders, for the drugs are questionable for serious side effects.  Adjuvants such as the oil squalene, can be more deadly than the diseases they’re supposed to fight, causing complicated, long lasting autoimmune responses.  Aluminum, arsenic, and mycoplasmas also contaminate vaccines. Some of these substances have been linked to autism.

Tamiflu, which may or may not be effective, can be used as a therapeutic or a vaccine.  Guess who has a huge amount of stock in that product?  Donald Rumsfeld, our erstwhile Secretary of Defense. He will be raking $$$t in.

Let’s go back to the pre 9/11 anthrax scare of 2001.

In September 2001 five envelopes of militarized, inhalation anthrax spores were mailed to a senate offices and the media.  A few people died from the spores.  The media had been flogging the idea of biological weaponry being used by Saddam and this incident seemed to prove that BW’s would be used as terror weapons. Before this incident interest in an anthrax vaccine was waning and appeared likely to be discontinued.  Eventually, a culprit was tagged, Bruce Edward Ivins, a bio-weapons scientist at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland.  Ivins, allegedly killed himself after the investigation focused on him.

Production of the vaccine was ramped up after the scare with millions of doses prepared and delivered to the military after the Iraq invasion. The vaccine was very weak, up to six doses required.  Adjuvants such as aluminum and squalene were added to stretch the vaccine further.  Adjuvants are believed to be implicated in the side affects noted in Gulf War Syndrome. Disease and disability even negligence are not a problem-for them. You can’t sue.

Guess who has a large financial interest in the Anthrax Vaccine? A company called BioPort, with controlling interest of Admiral Crowe, the Carlyle Group, the Bushes, perhaps the Bin Ladens. They’ll be raking $$$t in.

Sweeeeeeeet.

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2 Responses to I Got Flu, You Got Flu…

  1. PD, your article reminds me of corporate-speak wisdom: “the best way to predict the future is to create it”.

    I checked out BioPort over at SourceWatch, and indeed this company has all the talent it needs to turn fear into gold. As you noted, Admiral Crowe (former chair of Joint Chiefs of Staff) is a director.

    From SourceWatch: the only licensed U.S. manufacturer of anthrax vaccine. Bioport is the company that in September 1998 took over the formerly public Michigan Biologics Products Institute, which was created in 1996 with a two-year lifespan. Less than a months after the purchase Bioport gained a $29 million contract with the Department of Defense to “manufacture, test, bottle and store the anthrax vaccine.” …… The only licensed U.S. anthrax vaccine maker, BioPort, turned government contracts into “a gold mine,” ……… In 2002, following questions about vaccine safety and its financial practices, BioPort nearly quadrupled spending on lobbyists

    We are but a piggybank, being broken to enrich the people who run our government.

  2. patriotdems says:

    Thanks for your comment LP. You hit the nail on the head.

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