Archive for the ‘hype’ Category

Hype: swine flu and food security ‘scare’

11 August 2009

Burning Our Money has a cracking post today on the government’s latest cock-ups.

My response:

It has been obvious from the beginning – both in the US and the UK, that swine flu has been hyped up. It seemed strange, because the virus was not even considered to be dangerous, nor had it spread faster than regular flu.

Tamiflu was, of course, concocted to counter avian flu. When that failed to take hold, Tamiflu makers must’ve been gutted. Poor dears.

It does make you wonder how much big pharma (and other large corporations) and the government are in each other’s pockets.

I contend that Hilarious Benn is softening us up for GM crops, which his department has allowed to trial (again) in the UK, despite our protests. He will tell us that GM is the only solution – which is complete bollocks.

We were self-sufficient in food before the left-wing extremist Labour party came to power, and we can be again. Just get the government out of our lives.

Nick Herbert has revealed how Labour has decimated our farming output with its incompetence, its draconian rules and its slavish adherence to EU diktat.

They created the problem. They are the problem. They cannot formulate the solution.

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Tamiflu does more harm than good

10 August 2009

Quelle surprise!

Research shows that Tamiflu does more harm than good* when given to children between 1 and 12 years old.

And feeble-brained government ministers have been getting untrained call-centre staff to recommend Tamiflu to patients – even if they do not have swine flu symptoms. Are they really sufficiently qualified to recommend the taking of a drug which has potentially fatal side-effects?

How much of our money have they wasted on something that is not only not necessary, but is positively harmful?

* British Medical Journal

Update (11 July 2009):

One commenter on one of my previous swine flu posts asserted that it was criminal to advise people not to take Tamiflu. I hope he is eating his words now. The Mail provides a good example of the harm Tamiflu can cause.

Baxter Int’l patented H1N1 (swine flu) 1 year before the pandemic

4 August 2009
GlobalResearch reports that Baxter International filed for a swine flu vaccine patent (Patent Application US 2009/0060950 A1) on 28th August, 2008 – a year before the outbreak.

The last time the US government embarked on a major vaccine campaign against a new swine flu, thousands filed claims contending they suffered side effects [paralysis, death] from the shots.

This time, the US government has taken steps to head that off. Vaccine makers and federal officials will be immune from lawsuits that result from any swine flu vaccine, under a document signed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, government health officials said. The document grants immunity to those making a swine flu vaccine, under the provisions of a 2006 law for public health emergencies.

A spokesman for Baxter said: ‘Clearly we believe this demand has the potential to translate into a significant opportunity.’. Clearly indeed, as Baxter’s 2Q profits were up by 7.9%

Baxter admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to a subcontractor. And an official of the WHO’s European operation said it is closely monitoring the investigation into the events that took place at Baxter International’s research facility in Orth-Donau, Austria.

Meanwhile, the WHO plans to vaccinate half the world’s population against swine flu, despite the warning issued by Dr Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s flu chief, about the potential dangers of the untested vaccine:

“There are certain areas where you simply do not try to make any economies. One of the things which cannot be compromised is the safety of vaccines.”

More swine flu articles.

Tamiflu inventor makes millions from swine flu

27 July 2009

It shouldn’t come as a surprise. On principle, I won’t be buying shares in Gilead or Roche! There are other ways of making money.

Perspicacious reports:

Swine flu is the scourge of the world – but is making one man richer every single day of the week.

Scourge of the world? What about TB, cancer, wars, economic collapse or despotic governments? I’d say they’re all just a tad worse. In any case, many of those who’ve taken Tamiflu say that the ‘cure’ is worse than the disease.

For Dr. Norbert Bischofberger, 55, is the inventor of Tamiflu, the only vaccine currently on the market to combat the pandemic. Now the owner of a luxury hotel that was once the family home in Mellau, Austria – where as a boy he built a secret lab in the attic – colleagues say science not money motivates him.

A graduate of Innsbruck, Zurich and Harvard universities, Bischofberger headed a research team to create Tamiflu, the first orally active commercially developed anti-influenza medication, for U.S. company Gilead Sciences in the 1990s.

Today he is a director of research and vice-president of Gilead in California which owns the intellectual rights to Tamiflu and outsources it to Swiss pharma giant Roche to manufacture and distribute.

He earns some £450,000 a year but has stock options and bonuses in the tens of millions of pounds. And he takes a handsome percentage said to be in the millions of Tamiflu profits as governments around the world stockpile it as the virus spreads.

But in an interview with a German Sunday newspaper it was reported he ‘gets quite angry’ if it is suggested he has become rich through a horror-virus, the fear of which is gripping the world.’ No person ever said on his death bed: I only wish I had earned more money in my life,’ he said.

The US government declares that it will not allow any exemptions from mandatory vaccinations which are reported to be underway. But WHO’s International Health Regulations state that the WHO can only recommend – not dictate mandatory vaccinations, so the decision to mass vaccinate lies with individual governments.

Three particular articles seem to indicate that should governments attempt compulsory mass vaccination, they will face class action suits from an angry public. The articles:

Article 3.1. The implementation of these Regulations shall be with full respect for the dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons.

Art. 23.3 No medical examination, vaccination, prophylaxis or health measure under these Regulations shall be carried out on travellers without their prior expressed informed consent or that of their parents.

Art.56.5. In the event of a dispute between WHO and one or more States Parties concerning the interpretation or application of these Regulations, the matter shall be submitted to the Health Assembly.

Update: The Mail reports:

Thousands of patients could be denied NHS treatment and left to die under ‘worst-case’ emergency plans for a swine-flu epidemic.

The blueprint would force doctors to ‘play God’ and prioritise intensive-care treatment for those most likely to benefit – ruling out patients with problems such as advanced cancer.

The ‘scoring’ system would be introduced if half the population became infected with flu.

Would our mangy, unprincipled UK government attempt mass vaccination in the UK?

If so, I hope investigative journalists will keep an eye on which Labour politicians end up with directorships in the pharmaceutical companies and whether Labour’s party coffers are augmented directly or indirectly by those companies.

Juicy Reads

25 July 2009

With his usual clarity of thought and incisive argument, Daniel Hannan lashes out at the BBC for its partisanship in promoting the Greens over UKIP in the Norwich North by-election – despite UKIP proving to be more popular than the Greens.

The Mail reports that three Ethiopian exchange students went missing on a trip to Parliament. Unconvincingly, the police say their police’s primary concern is for safety of the three. Somehow, I doubt that! Their student visas expire on September 9th; I can’t help wondering if they’re hoping to extend them ‘unofficially’. Labour’s stance on this – and more importantly, its actions – will be very interesting indeed.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Venomous Balls can’t resist smearing Purnell, suggesting that his decision to quit the Cabinet in June was due to a “midlife crisis”. I look forward to Purnell’s retort. Clearly Balls doesn’t want yet another career opportunity prized from his clammy grasp, when Brown drops off his PM’s perch.

Balls will also be frothing at the mouth at the Tories’ plans to bring back O levels – killing two birds with one stone.

I doubt many would disagree of Jeremy Clarkson’s colourful description of Brown – it seems pretty apt to me!

Simon Jenkins contends that Britain is losing its sense of proportion over swine flu. I contend that the government has done everything it can to hype up this piddling disease. There are so many more important things that a government can and should concern itself about – swine flu is not one of them.

Swine flu began life in a lab

19 July 2009

Swine flu has human flu, swine flu and bird flu components and is therefore believed to have been manufactured in a lab.

The swine flu pandemic has had the whiff of bogusness about it from the outset. When only a few cases had been ‘detected’, the WHO was already declaring it to be a potential pandemic originator. When only one death had occurred (as opposed to millions worldwide, yearly for regular flu), the WHO was calling deadly. When it was later found to be fairly mild in nature compared to regular flu, swine flu was peddled as being potentially costly for economies.

And now, we’re told that governments are preparing for “military style” vaccination programs of the entire populace.

All the while, pharmaceuticals make billions on Tamiflu and vaccinations and the government rakes in taxes on those billions.

Recall, too, the containers of swine flu which exploded on a train in Switzerland. How co-incidental.

Is anyone fooled by this? There’s something amiss here.

Now vaccinations will be ‘fast-tracked’ after only 5 days’ trial and “regulators said fast-tracking would not be at the expense of patient safety. “The vaccines are authorised with a detailed risk management plan,” the EMEA said. “There is quite a body of evidence regarding safety on the trials of the mock-up, and the actual vaccine could be assessed in five days.”” reports the Times.

Eh? In 1976 an epidemic of swine flu was predicted, the populace was vaccinated and thousands were injured or killed by the vaccine itself. The epidemic, of course, never materialised. But the pharmaceuticals made a lot of money out of it.

Do you fancy being a lab rat for the pharmaceutical companies, while they profit at your expense? If you do, be sure to take out a suitable insurance policy – if any insurance company is dumb enough to offer one.