Won't Get Fooled Again
Mike's Common Sense
There is one thing our local and national news media does extremely well. Is it keep up us to date on important events, and history making news? No. Do they give us accurate up to the minute weather forecasts? Not usually. Do they make sure we know their station’s line up of shows for the day? Yes, but that’s not what we are here to talk about; the thing our media does best of all is to keep us fearful of something.
I wrote about our media’s propensity to try and keep us fearful back in the post “Fear Mongers”. Here we go again; this time it’s about the notorious, deadly, soon to be at your door step, swine flu. BEWARE OF THE SWINE FLU is all you hear on the news lately. Whether it’s your news on T.V. or your news papers, all you hear about is the deadly, soon to be pan-demic swine flu.
As of this writing there has been a total amount of deaths , world wide, attributed to the swine flu, of 319.World wide, more people die daily of normal flu than this.
Let’s face it, flu kills, especially babies, and senior citizens. It is not something someone should out of their way to try and get, but let’s not get so carried away. The flu strikes about two times every year, and so far we have survived them all. This one will be no different. Remember the bird flu of two years ago? It was the same then, fearful people whipped into a fearful frenzy wearing surgical masks out in public, and all the news media bewailing the world wide horror.
Let’s not get fooled again. Don’t panic, don’t wear a surgical mask to walk your dog, or go to the grocery store. The odds of you catching, and dying of swine flu is roughly the same as getting killed by a falling meteorite.
Why don’t they tell us that in the nightly news?
Post Script: This article was written more than five years ago. Now all you hear about is the deadly Ebola virus. To date, less than 400 people have died from it; all but 1 of them from countries with no running water, public sanitation, or respectable hospitals. In a country like Nigeria with a population over 30 million, that is less than .0009% of their population!
Big Pharma's sales have gone down drastically in recent years as people wake up to the dangers of their anti-depressants, vaccines, and other drugs you see endlessly in TV commercials. Could it be they have paid main stream media to hype this Ebola to scare you enough to line up to take their (preplanned) Ebola vaccine?