Years before the internet was the internet, I read Michael Fumento’s books on AIDS and other science matters. Michael is now reporting from Iraq, but today he sent this link to his excellent article on bird flu: The Chicken Littles Were Wrong: The Bird Flu Threat Flew the Coop
Feathers flew in November of last year when the Weekly Standard ran as its cover piece my article, Fuss and Feathers: Pandemic Panic over the Avian Flu. My favorite question during a TV appearance: “Mr. Fumento, why are you the only one saying these things?” My answer: “I’m probably not; I’m just the only one you’ve bothered to bring onto your show.” The current issue carries my follow-up, “The Chicken Littles Were Wrong: The Bird Flu Threat Flew the Coop. It explains that while the media hysteria has abated
(for now), the effects linger on in the American psyche. A Harvard School of Public Health survey of adults who have children revealed that 44 percent think it “likely” or “somewhat likely” there will be “cases of bird flu among humans in the U.S. during the next 12 months.” Less than a fifth of respondents considered it “not at all” likely. Further, an avian flu bureaucracy has become entrenched. Like all bureaucracies, it will fight to survive and thrive, egging on governments to provide ever more money.
The ensuing year not only has not brought the pandemic down upon us, it has brought to light considerably more evidence of why it’s not an immediate threat and why whatever threat there is diminishes by the day. Health officials, the media, and their self-anointed experts (Definition of “media expert:” the more alarmist you are the greater your expertise) lied to us about AIDS, Ebola, SARS, and even avian flu back in 1997-98. Now we see they’ve lied again. We know there were people who knew better at the time because I exposed every one of these faux pandemics before the media got tired of them. So when are finally going to flip the channel on the panic-mongers and watch something more substantive — like Paris Hilton’s latest reality show?
Read the article.
Finding Jamil Hussein Curt concludes the AP continues to support a fraudulent story.
Louisiana Conservative interviews Texas Fred
JB: What political issue drives you the most?
TF: 1st, the war in Iraq, and after that, the insecurity of our borders and coastlines, then the costs in our tax dollars, the money we pay out to support and care for what I call ‘Illegal Invaders’.
Gerard has a must-read article, Toying with Genocide. Dr. Sanity has a related post.
I agree with this guy, and I’m a woman (h/t Larwyn): Did anyone ever think that maybe women communicate too darn much?
The Veil is Islamism’s Symbol
Is it not an assault to say to a little girl that your body is a source of shame, that is shameful to be a woman, and that you must therefore wear this veil of shame everywhere you go?
This just in:
I was saying the other day that you can’t get polonium-210 for $4 at Wal-Mart, but little did I know: Litvinenko’s killers used polonium worth $10m to give massive overdose
Police do not know why the assassins used so much of the polonium-210, and are investigating whether the poison was part of a consignment to be sold on the black market. [emphasis added]
They believe that whoever orchestrated the plot knew of its effects, but are unsure whether the massive amount was used to send a message — it made it easier for British scientists to detect — or is evidence of a clumsy operation.
A British security source said yesterday: “You can’t buy this much off the internet or steal it from a laboratory without raising an alarm so the only two plausible explanations for the source are that it was obtained from a nuclear reactor or very well connected black market smugglers.”
part of a consignment to be sold on the black market . . . For what purpose?
Lending credence to a smuggling scenario, the question is: Precisely what method(s) would be the best emplyment of such a weapon?
Not a Polonium expert, but I would suggest that it just may be a bit heavy for an effective dispersal through a public water system.
But the lethality is absolutely sobering. But getting the theoretical hundreds of millions of people their lethal dosages is quite another question. I would suggest that a far, far, far smaller number of potential victims would instead just be really, really, really dead.
Today’s Christmas Store item: Comic Book Creator software