Picasso Dreams
February 24, 2010

While skimming through the Google headlines to see what kind of ideas the corporate media wants to drum into the minds of the masses, I saw two headlines that seemed out of place.

“H1N1 virus’ death toll as high as 17,000, CDC estimates”

Though 2,498 confirmed deaths linked to the H1N1 virus had been reported to the CDC as of January 30, the agency estimates that between 8,330 and 17,160 people actually have died from H1N1.

The overwhelming majority of the people who died — between 6,390 and 13,170 — were 18 to 64 years old, the CDC estimates. Between 880 and 1,810 children 17 years old and younger also died from this flu, according to CDC estimates.

What scaremongering! I have noticed a recent trend that Swine Flu is reappearing in the news.

Another headline from The Baltimore Sun states: “H1N1 infections reach 57 million”

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About 57 million people in the United States have come down with swine flu infections, resulting in 257,000 hospitalizations and 11,690 deaths, according to new data out today from the CDC.

The estimates are from last April, when the outbreak first began, through Jan. 16 of this year and are an increase from the 47 million figure reported through mid-November.

I don’t live the US so it’s hard to say how accurate these projections are, but the idea of 21 percent of Americans having contracted the H1N1 When Figs Can Fly virus seems rather high. I know several people who have had it, including my sister and her family (the schools in her town closed because most of the kids were infected), a few friends, and the parents of another set of friends. But twenty percent? Surely that would have had a huge impact on the economy, right? But then again, they are only estimates made by government employees who have been known to make up numbers to provide for the never-ending expansion of bureaucracy while lining their pockets with government funds and insider stock tips like buying stock in pharmaceutical companies before the “pandemic” is announced.

Go back to the first article. As of January 30th, only 2,498 confirmed cases have been reported to the CDC.

That’s all, 2,498 confirmed deaths. The CDC estimates that between 880 and 1,810 children died from this flu. Child deaths are unusual and one would think that there would be more testing to determine the cause of death of a child. A 65 year-old may have died from natural causes or flu, so it’s easy to understand the gray area, but the numbers for children should not be so out of whack. As of November 6, 2009, the CDC had 129 laboratory-confirmed deaths of children under the age of 18. That didn’t stop them from speculating that 540 children were among the 3900 H1N1 deaths as of November 12, 2009.

The same article reports that up to 12 million adults up to the age of 64 had been reported ill, with 53,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths.

We are told to believe that even though cases of H1N1 declined after November, somehow 450 percent more cases were recorded between November 12, 2009 and February 12, 2010.


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