28 December 2010
Here we go again. Swine Flu Terror UK is currently in full swing with an epidemic shortly to occur, announces the UK mainstream media. Get yourselves vaccinated immediately because if you don't you may very well DIE, they trumpet. In all these current media reports, it invariably states, “It is not known how many of these cases are swine flu." But hey, never let the facts get in the way of a good story though, eh?
Cynics have speculated that the UK government has massive stocks of flu vaccine to shift and what with the electorate (especially medical professionals) deeply reluctant to get jabbed with the vaccine for the very best of educated reasons, a media campaign has been mounted to sensationalise dodgy flu statistics in order to shift the product. Could they be right?
The UK Department of Health mantra relates that there are approximately 12,000 deaths from influenza every year. In the United States, flu deaths are reported from a low of about 3,300 deaths to a high of 49,000 per year. Very few deaths are ever proven to have been caused by flu alone.
What we write today is in no way intended to minimise the loss of life tragedy through flu, but simply an attempt to put the media reports into context. More old people have died from hypothermia in recent winters than the flu - probably due to impossibly high heating bills. It is a great shame that there is not more focus on this rather than flu deaths.
As Dr Tom Lakering writes in The Aspen Times : "A systematic review of 51 studies involving 260,000 children age 6 to 23 months found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in that group. A JAMA study showed the incidence of clinical influenza in the vaccinated group was 2 percent but in the un-vaccinated group it was only 3 percent. This means that out of 100 people, one person was attributed with avoiding the flu because of the vaccine."
Pharmaceutical Industry Propaganda
During the flu season last year, the then UK Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson fed the mainstream media the story of 65,000 deaths scheduled to occur from Swine Flu. Ably promoted by the pharmaceutical industry, vaccine branch in particular, panic ensued as the media irresponsibly flooded their front pages with every single Swine Flu case that occurred, courtesy of the sinister UK government lobby groups, Sense About Science and The Science Media Centre both funded by Pharma. As we all know, Donaldson's predictions were UK Health Department sensationalist crap.
From those Vaccine/Tamiflu centres whose staff included previously unemployed teenagers armed with cue cards, to the incredible financial loss endured by the British economy as the government overreacted to a Swine Flu 'Pandemic' that never materialised, the UK government and the media conjoined to hit new heights in fear marketing.
Oh the pharmaceutical profits bonanza that ensued followed swiftly by the billions of taxpayers’ money flushed down the toilet as the vaccines were either palmed off on the Third World or destroyed as they reached their sell-by-date. And lest we forget, the adverse reactions to the flu vaccine such as paralysis from Guillain-Barre Syndrome and worse.
Last winter it was reported by Professor Maria Zambon, director of the HPA's centre for infection, that thousands of British children may have had Swine Flu without even knowing it, so mild was the illness. See Deadly GSK H1N1 Vaccine Cancelled - UK Children Sail Through Swine Flu Without Even Knowing They Have It.
Mainstream Media Disinformation
Yet here we are in the current flu season with the general public becoming media propagandist victims. Again.
Q. Why is this irresponsible flu fear marketing being allowed to continue?
A. Because it serves many purposes not least of which is to distract attention away from the UK ConDem government cuts that are set to hit the disabled and the poorest hardest, the ongoing scandal of MPs expenses and, of course, the WikiLeaks revelations that are shredding our 'emperors' ragged reputations daily on the internet to name but three examples.
And on the subject of WikiLeaks. The campaigning organisation's Secret US Embassy Cables data that is being media fed to the public is being analysed, filtered, edited, redacted and promoted by the very same mainstream media organisations that have consistently failed to deliver transparency and truth for decades. By anyone’s calculations, this is not right.
If the entirely vested interests UK media's Swine Flu coverage bias is anything to go by, WikiLeaks needs to get its act together to ensure a level playing field in the future so that the information the organisation is releasing does not continue to be delivered exclusively through the fractured mainstream media prism that so many have grown to rightly distrust.
You swallow holus bolus what you read in the mainstream media in regard to WikiLeaks, Swine Flu or anything else at your peril.
The One Click Group
28 December 2010