So.. Fluzilla? 30 April 2009Posted by marisacat in Border Issues, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Mexico.
Chinese health inspectors wait at the entrance to an AeroMexico aircraft after it landed at Pudong International airport in Shanghai [REUTERS]
From an F William Engdahl piece at Global Research:
[S]ince the outbreak of Swine Flu Panic (not Swine Flu but Swine Flu Panic) sales of Tamiflu, as well as any and every possible drug marketed as flu-related, have exploded. Wall Street firms have rushed to issue ‘buy’ recommendations for the company. ‘Gimme a shot Doc, I don’t care what it is…I don’t wanna die…’
Panic and fear of death was used by the Bush Administration skilfully to promote the Avian Flu fraud. With ominous echoes of the current Swine Flu scare, Avian Flu was traced back to huge chicken factory farms in Thailand and other parts of Asia whose products were shipped across the world. Instead of a serious investigation into the sanitary conditions of those chicken factory farms, the Bush Administration and WHO blamed ‘free-roaming chickens’ on small family farms, a move that had devastating economic consequences to the farmers whose chickens were being raised in the most sanitary natural conditions. Tyson Foods of Arkansas and CG Group of Thailand reportedly smiled all the way to the bank.
Now it remains to be seen if the Obama Administration will use the scare around so-called Swine Flu to repeat the same scenario, this time with ‘flying pigs’ instead of flying birds. Already Mexican authorities have reported that the number of deaths confirmed from so-called Swine Flu is 7, not the 150 or more bandied in the media, and that most other suspected cases were ordinary flu or influenza.
I sure have no clue. But somewhere in the blither of articles and reports over the past few days, I did read that poor Mexico, now more troubled than ever, had, before this mess, experienced a 40% loss of value for the peso.
Sometimes we seem trapped in a movie (Tower of Destruction! Fire from Above! The Earth Engulfs Us!) or a cartoon (Warning of the Day! It’s not even safe to go to the mailbox on the corner!)… I wish both the movies and the cartoons were better, real, whatever the horror may be…. But we seem stuck.
I get a little on line newsletter on the South and Southern issues… “Facing South”… and they have a tidbit on La Gloria that I had not caught in USA! USA! reporting:
[B]ack in Mexico, residents of La Gloria have long complained about conditions at the Smithfield subsidiary, saying they are bothered by foul odors, flies and problems with water contamination from the massive lagoons where hog waste is stored.
After an outbreak of severe respiratory illness in February, health workers sealed off the town and sprayed chemicals to kill flies that were swarming in people’s homes, the Times U.K. reports. …snip…