The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports thus far there have been over 1000 deaths in the United States do to the Swine Flu. Wait, 1000? That’s it? I thought this was the death plague that was going to wipe out all of humanity. According to Yahoo News:

Meanwhile, swine flu is more widespread now than it’s ever been, and has resulted in more than 1,000 U.S. deaths so far. Flu illnesses are as widespread now as they are at the winter peak of normal flu seasons, said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.

“Many millions” of Americans have had swine flu so far, according to an estimate he gave at a Friday press conference. The government doesn’t test everyone to confirm swine flu so it doesn’t have an exact count.

I don’t want to trivialize 1000 deaths, but how many people die from the regular flu every year? Actually, the answer is 36,000 (and 250,000-500,000 around the world) people die in the United States from the flu or flu related complications each year. Here’s the other trick that you probably won’t hear anywhere, but when they compile these statistics they are done so in a bogus manner (I know you are shocked). Essentially they don’t really know if these deaths occurred from seasonal flu or swine flu, but regardless each death is attributed to the swine flu to pump up the statistics. There are some funny things going on with these numbers.

Yet, based upon what I think is a pretty trivial number of deaths (comparatively speaking), we are going to declare a state of emergency and give the President more power. Despite Time Magazine’s gleefully mocking tone in their article, I don’t think this is the beginning of the FEMA concentration camps that we all know Obama is setting up (wink wink nudge nudge), but this all strikes me as unnecessary. This seems like a bunch of hype, in fact, this whole thing has seemed like a bunch of hype from the beginning. I’m not sure what the conspiracy theory angle is here, something with government and Big Pharma I’m sure, but I honestly don’t get all the hype of something that seems father pedestrian.

If you want to listen to a great podcast with some interesting analysis and discussion about the Swine Flu, check out No Agenda hosted by Adam Curry and John Dvorack. They are hilarious and if you have followed any of their other stuff you’ll enjoy their take.

Also, you may want to check out the government’s latest effort to use television to indoctrinate our children. It seems that HHS has teamed up with PBS to present an episode of “Sid the Science Kid” aimed at indoctrinating our youth into getting vaccinations. While I generally support vaccination efforts it seems clear to me that the government is taking this opportunity to brainwash our kids into doing what they think is the right thing. I just find something Pravdaesque about using Public Television and cartoons to indoctrinate political messages like this.

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