Swine-Flu is a Man-Made Panic..

My new piece on swine-flu is up at Lew Rockwell.

Please note, I have it as Harold Varnus in the piece. It should be Varmus, as in my previous blog post on the subject. In my defense, I wrote it mostly in very dim light…

“The latest in the barrage of media reports on swine flu is a Bloomberg news report (August 25, 2009) that it might hospitalize 1.8 million patients in the US and over-burden hospital intensive care units.

This comes from a planning scenario released by the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology

The Bloomberg story cites some theatrical numbers:

  • Half of the US population infected (that is, over 150 million people)
  • 300,000 people in hospital intensive care units
  • 30–90,000 people dead
  • By-pass surgery emergency operations disrupted

But hidden in paragraph 5 of the Bloomberg piece is the most pertinent part:

These numbers are only “scenario projections” that were “developed from models put together for planning purposes only,” says a Centers for Disease Control spokesman.

So.

  • Statistical projections.
  • Projections from models of past pandemics. (And not the past, as in 1968 or 1957, but way back, as in 1918.)
  • Projections developed for planning purposes only.

That’s three stages removed from anything you could call reality.

But perish this tenuous link with facts, PCAST wants Obama to rush through vaccine production so that 40 million people can be infect – er – injected by mid-September.

And who should make that decision?

A doctor? The surgeon-general? A medical team?

Why, the homeland security adviser!

That’s John Brennan, a former CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia, deputy executive director of the CIA under George Tenet, and the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (CTC) from 2004 to 2005 during the exact period when the CIA became most heavily involved in torture practices in Iraq and elsewhere.”

Note:

I wanted to state here that my social views are quite liberal, and I do not have any objection to voluntary family planning and contraception. I’m also firmly pro-choice. And in terms of the environment, I support far greater consideration by each of us, as individuals and as communities, for animal life, nature, and conservation.

But those are my personal views. Putting the legal and physical force of the corporate- state behind those preferences, in the form that Holdren apparently thinks will work, is, in my view, completely misguided.

16 thoughts on “Swine-Flu is a Man-Made Panic..

  1. Subject: Harold Varnus
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    Date: Fri, August 28, 2009 10:25 pm
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    Your excellent article on the Swine Flu is marred by the mention of Harold
    Varnus. There is no Harold Varnus. It’s Harold Varmus. One might wish
    that there were no Harold Varmus either.

    A friend.

  2. Subject: Wait a minute…
    From: “Dave E
    Date: Fri, August 28, 2009 11:10 pm
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    Lila,

    Love your perspectives I’ve read on lewrockwell.com – all you do seems well
    thought, well researched and logical. I’ve gotta take exception to the following
    though on your Swine Flu piece: “… a man as responsible as anyone for the
    deregulation of the financial industry and the consolidation of the banks that
    snow-balled a crisis of cheap money into a global depression…”

    After having worked in and around the financial industry for the last dozen
    years, I can’t seem to place the deregulation you’re speaking of. I agree that
    cheap money is the chief cause of the depression – but that was allowed and
    encouraged by the regulators themselves. Furthermore, the regulators were
    directing the cheap money be cheaply loaned to those who couldn’t really afford
    to pay it back – both subsidizing and exacerbating asset inflation. All of this
    allowed under heavy, heavy regulation. Your comment seems to indicate you’d
    prefer more regulation, while everything else I’ve read from you indicates a
    healthy mistrust of government and its regulations.

    So… that’s all I’ve got in disagreement. Your research into the flu nonsense is
    welcomed. While I nearly always mistrust the medical establishment, my reaction
    is mostly just based on my own casual observations, so it’s nice to see some
    solid leads into who’s behind the propaganda.

    Cheers,

    Dave E
    Dunsmuir, California

  3. Subject: Swine flu
    From: “Robert K

    Date: Fri, August 28, 2009 11:54 pm
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    Dear Ms. Rajiva,

    Thank you for writing this. While I knew it was another ghastly fraud, I didn’t
    know the names behind it. I think the real target is the SS/Medicare age group.
    We’ll see how it plays out.

    Best regards,

    Robert K
    http://www.nugvdigm.com

  4. ubject: I saw, I understood, I acted.
    From: “Nassim K.

    Date: Sat, August 29, 2009 4:54 am
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    Greetings and salutations.

    Here is the scenario – The world is in the grip of a small elite that controls most
    things of importance. They decide what is important. They control money.
    Democracy has been hijacked to become the tool of slavery rather than the vehicle of
    liberty and freedom.

    Most people think they can read, of those who can only few understand. Of those who
    understand, fewer still believe. Of those who believe, most have good reason not to
    act. Of those who do act, most are self-destructive. Of those acting constructively
    most are either dead or in incarceration, the others write. Those who write are the
    mirrors of the elite, they reflect everything the illuminati do, but the illuminati
    create ten problems for every one the writers believe they have exposed. The writer
    is recording the path to our total enslavement, but the writing does not halt the
    process.

    I am trying to make a difference. I propose an ANSWER (total viewing time under 15
    minutes)
    Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Rvl6yjTkU

    Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZfWTc_KfZ0

    The end result of the answer, money (and the power it yields) rests in the hands of
    the individual. Government power is kept in absolute check. This is the
    comparatively easy part.The elite would have to creep out of the shadows and expose
    themselves. That is when the real struggle for freedom will begin.
    I hope you feel inclined to champion this cause.

    Nassim K

  5. Subject: Why You Have Nothing to Worry About….
    From: “CM ROSS”
    Date: Sat, August 29, 2009 5:23 am
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    ….when it comes to Swine Flu.

    The cure for polio = the same as Swine Flu or

    sodium ascorbate by mouth, intramuscular and/ or intravenous injection.

    See: http://www.orthomed.com Klenner

    Regards,
    Miss Ross

  6. Subject: Re: Lew Rockwell Today
    From: “Gadget42”
    Date: Sat, August 29, 2009 6:59 am
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    just a quick note of thanks for your wonderful contribution!

    the spears and swords and muskets of old have now been replaced by something the
    average human being cannot hope to
    adequately defend against…biological agents dispensed and dispersed to sow the
    seeds of death to millions, perhaps
    billions, of undesirables

    looks like it’s going to be a rough couple of thousand years…

    {{sigh}}

    – —
    Brothers and Sisters in Liberty, Sons and Daughters of Liberty!

    Sincerely,
    Rob

    http://www.starvingthemonkeys.com/

    http://voluntaryist.com/fundamentals/introduction.php

    Atlas Shrugged, Owner’s Manual For The Universe!(tm)

    ________________________________________________________________

    Tip of the Day:
    “The Philosophical Maturity found as a Student and Advocate of the Non-Aggression
    Principle is so simple it’s almost too
    good to be true. When one begins to understand that each person is an Individual
    Sovereign Human Being with Basic
    Inherent Inalienable Irrevocable Human Rights the world as we know it is cast in a
    totally new illumination. Much the
    same as we acknowledge blue, red, and yellow as the primary colors, we also
    acknowledge the Right to Life, the Right to
    Liberty, and the Right to Property as our primary basic human right

  7. Subject: Fwd: >> Liked your article – Request guidance – India
    From: “Radhey K”
    Date: Sat, August 29, 2009 7:41 am
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    **
    *Hello Lila,*
    I highly appreciate your article at Lew Rockwell.com on Swine Flu.
    I am based out of India. Lately, I am reading alot on free market economics,
    Ron Paul, Bill Bommer, Peter Schiff, Federal Reserve, pharma companies,
    Swine Flu, Amero et al., In India, there are similar issues like false media
    propaganda, inflation, fiat money etc.,
    Since past few weeks, I have been reading to advice of buying in gold and
    silver. However, I also understand that in case of dollar collapse there
    would be hyperinflation in US and deflation in other currencies worldwide.
    What’s you advice here.. should I invest in Gold or Silver? What can be the
    scenario in India in case of dollar collapse. Rupee is also a fiat money.
    Please guide me on the appropriate action course as well as some websites
    and economists who write as per free market economists in India.
    Regards
    Krishna

  8. Subject: Guillain-Barre syndrome
    From: “Ron H”
    Date: Sat, August 29, 2009 7:50 am
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    Hi

    The syndrome description doesn’t do justice to the disease. My younger
    brother Joe had this when he was 5. It starts at your feet and over a few
    months goes all the way to your head and during the worst, the only muscle
    in your body that works is your heart. One is totally paralyzed, on a
    breathing machine, you can’t even blink your eye. After the worst, maybe a
    few weeks you can blink your eyes again and then in a few weeks talk etc. as
    the disease works its way back down to your feet. It took my brother about a
    year to go through it. I will not allow my daughter to be vaccinated.

    Take care,

    Ron

  9. Subject: Re: Swine Flu: Natural Pandemic or Man-Made Pandemonium?
    From: “David S”

    Date: Sat, August 29, 2009 12:37 pm
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    Thank you for your recent article on swine flu.

    However, I was surprised to see no mention of Vitamin D, either in the
    article itself, or in the reference you gave at the very end for what to do
    if you feel ill, Dr. Grattan Woodson’s website
    Perhaps you are not aware of the connection between Vitamin D and
    influenza. In a nutshell, evidence has been developing over the last thirty
    years or so that influenza is basically a Vitamin D deficiency disease, and
    is therefore preventable simply by making sure your Vitamin D levels are
    high enough, either through sufficient sunlight exposure, or oral
    consumption. See http://www.vitamindcouncil.org. Both the CDC and the NIH are
    aware of this theory, though they are doing their best to hide the
    information from the public.

    That’s not to say that there might not be some other factor or combination
    of factors that might cause one to get the flu in spite of adequate levels
    of Vitamin D, but most cases could be prevented merely by raising Vitamin D
    levels sufficiently. Personally, I suspect the problem is probably really a
    deficiency of a combination of Vitamin D and Vitamin C, both very important
    to the immune system, though I have not yet seen any discussion or even a
    proposal of this idea.

    So, I would add to your prescription, the most important step of boosting
    your immune system by increasing your levels of both Vitamin D (through the
    consumption of 4000 to 5000 I.U./day or the equivalent in sunshine) and
    Vitamin C (2 to 3 gr/day).

    Dave S.

  10. Subject: Swine Flu: Natural Pandemic or…
    From: “Bob S”
    Date: Sat, August 29, 2009 1:11 pm
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    Hi Lila,

    My family and I and an increasing number of our friends are very concerned
    about the possible mandating of the untested, toxic, and in some cases
    lethal Swine Flu vaccine. The constant media and government reports of Swine
    Flu ³pandemic² deaths are leaving many uninformed terrified enough to act to
    their own health detriment.
    Thank you again for another great article that is doing its part to alert
    the public about this danger!

    Its hard to understand how anyone let alone a group of people; could
    conspire to unleash this untested and known to be seriously toxic ³Disease
    Prevention² on a trusting and otherwise gullible and uninformed public. It
    is truly diabolical, satanic and proof in my mind of how far the worlds
    money and power elite are willing to go to effect their design. History is
    replete with man¹s inhumanity to man but it seems to quickly be getting
    bolder and in my face on so many levels.

    May your voice continue to be one of warning and encouragement, truthfulness
    and kindness, informative and hopeful.

    Blessings,
    Bob

  11. Subject: Re: Wait a minute…
    From: “Dave E”
    Date: Sat, August 29, 2009 2:35 pm
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    It sounds like we want the same thing Lila, but I think the Libertarian
    ideals would be much simpler to implement without risk of layering on more
    regs. Seems we’re nearly at a brink of economic collapse right now, so we
    won’t really have to dismantle the federal system – it’ll happen on its
    own – well, I can dream, can’t I?

    Anyway, keep up the good fight. I’m sure I’ll continue enjoying your posts.

    – Dave

  12. Subject: Thank you.
    From: “Rick”
    Date: Sat, August 29, 2009 7:32 pm
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    Dear, Lila

    I want to say thank you for you writings on Lewrockwell and your Blog.
    My wife is from India and fierce defender of liberty. I love to listen
    to her stories of growing up in India. She tells me one story of taking
    a fruit (Jambu) from her Uncles tree and getting caught when she was a
    little girl.

    All the best,
    Defiance to Tyrants

    Rick and Meha

  13. Subject: lab flu
    From: “Brent”
    Date: Sun, August 30, 2009 7:26 am
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    Lila, I want to thank you for the great research you’ve done on the
    article about swine flu. I just read it on LewRockwell.com. I
    regularly converse with a group of like and not so like-minded alumni
    from Texas Tech University. We’re all about 60, give or take a year or
    two(or three or four)but the point is, nearly all of us went to school
    and formed friendships there that have withstood the test of time. We
    now converse daily about mostly political topics(everything). We’re old
    enough to smell a ruse from say, 3,000 miles away…..or more. We all
    have libertarian type views, naturally some one way more than others.
    We believe, due to irrefutable evidence we’ve gathered over the years in
    several so-called “conspiracy theories”. We believe these theories
    simply because we have enough evidence to know they’re not merely
    theories but the truth. I guess you could say we are capable of using
    deductive reasoning to come to accurate conclusions, something the
    federal government of this country seems to oppose more and more. We
    are educated DESPITE the public educations that were forced on us. We
    all have enough life education to know that everything happens for some
    reason, that there are no coincidences.
    I want to urge you on behalf of this group to post this article to
    YouTube in some sort of fashion that will get the attention of the
    sheeple, to attempt to make them think. I realize this is a monumental
    task since people younger than us(and many not younger)are so
    brain-washed by the MSM or if you like, the media arm of the federal
    government. This article is one that should be read by everyone in this
    country(at least)and everyone in the world in my opinion. Thanks again
    and best of luck to you in the future. We look forward to more of the
    fine research you’ve done in assembling this outstanding article.
    Brent P
    Roby, Texas

  14. Subject: YOUR LATEST ARTICLE OF FLU
    From: “Farook A”
    Date: Sun, August 30, 2009 5:59 am
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    HELLO LILA,

    YOU ARE INDEED A GIFTED WRITER WITH AN APPEALING WRITING STYLE THAT MAKES
    THE READER ENJOY YOUR COMPOSITION.

    REGARDS

  15. Subject: (On LRC) H1N1…
    From: Mark H
    Date: Sun, August 30, 2009 8:11 pm
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    ..is a godsend to public “health” departments everywhere. As the Membership
    Services Director of a business association in my area, I am deluged with multiple
    emails every week ringing the H1N1 alarums repeatedly, announcing meetings and
    public forums in re, and offering copious advisories and advice. H1N1 is this
    year’s make-work “stimulus package” to the public health sector, much as West Nile
    Virus, Avian Flu et al. such have been in the past and–in some cases–continue to
    be.

    If the only cost to the public is the salaries of the PIOs who keep droning on re
    H1N1, the public can withstand the damage. However, woe betide those who take the
    “spike” for vaccinations that carry a higher chance of lethality (1976, anyone?)
    than the bug itself!

  16. Brent said…I want to urge you on behalf of this group to post this article to
    YouTube in some sort of fashion that will get the attention of the
    sheeple, to attempt to make them think.

    1.) HAHAHA sheeple don’t think, that’s why they are called sheeple.

    2.) You’ve got a bunch of people down there who say they are libertarians. What’s to stop you from putting such on You Tube? For instance, make a play using her article as script, as Sheeple don’t like to read, but they often listen to videos. That doesn’t mean they will think too, but you could try.

    My wifes favorite line from a movie goes something like this: Meg Ryan crying into the phone says, “… and I’ll make him love me.” Makes us laugh every time we mention it.

    Whose gonna make the sheeple think?

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