I am sure that one or two of you, fess up, more than one or two of you, have had some tiny anxiety pangs over the Swine Flu, you know H1N1. I mean, it's a pandemic, right?
You may recall the August, 2009 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology with its "plausible scenario" of "30,000 - 90,000 deaths" peaking in "mid-October." By my reckoning that was 4 days ago.
H/T small dead animals for this item.
Michael Fumento reports in Forbes.com that The Pandemic is Political. As he begins his article:
As evidence continues to mount that swine flu is more of a piglet than a raging razorback, why isn't curiosity mounting as to why the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic? And definitions aside, why does the agency continue to insist we're going to get hammered? The answers have far less to do with world health than with redistribution of world wealth.As of the other day flucount.org reported that there have been 1,000 deaths in the US, and 5,559 worldwide. Oh, by the way, that pandemic has claimed 81 lives here in Canada, out of over 12,000 cases.
As you read the article by Mr. Fumento, you will probably notice a fear mentality being propagated by the World Health Organization, that has a bigger budget feel to it, along with power to the WHO. That looks a lot to me like Barb Hall and the Ontario HRC and their style, and even more like J Ly and her cronies in Ottawa. Make them afraid for their very lives, and then we can increase our power base, yadda, yadda, yadda.
So, to the WHO I say, Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire. To you all, I say, "Wake Up Sheeple!"
But, the lies told to us about swine flu might pale compared to the lies of Stem Cell Research. If you are a Catholic Christian, then Stem Cell Research is a very dirty word. To get Stem Cells, you have to fertilize a human egg. In other words, you have to create and kill a baby, even if it is done at ground zero in that baby's life cycle. The Catholic Church has been yelled at for Stem Cell phobia by those in favour of the technology.
As Mr. Fumento's article in Forbes.com from July 15, 2009 starts out:
An age of medical miracles is dawning. Obama administration federal funding rules for embryonic stem cells, or ES cells, will open wide the money floodgates for "the most remarkable potential of any scientific discovery ever made with respect to human health." It has "the capacity to cure maladies of all sorts, including cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's," and spinal cord injuries. Or so says Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., among others.
Sounds great, but is it. Mr. Fumento is not sold, and in fact is not able to be bought either. If it is such a great idea when will we see results:
"The routine utilization of human embryonic stem cells for medicine is 20 to 30 years hence," embryonic stem cell research advocate William Haseltine and then-chief executive officer of Human Genome Sciences ( HGSI - news - people ) told Agence France Presse in 2001. "The timeline to commercialization is so long that I simply would not invest," he added.
Some ES cell researchers believe "three to five decades" is a realistic timeline, while British fertility expert Lord Robert Winston said in a 2005 lecture, "I am not entirely convinced that embryonic stem cells will, in my lifetime, and possibly anybody's lifetime for that matter, be holding quite the promise that we desperately hope they will."
20-30 years out. or 30-50 years out, or who knows when. Hmm, as in not imminent.
How is that happening:
The Imperial College, London University professor insisted research "should be conducted, and I believe is totally ethical." But, he added, "One of the problems is that in order to persuade the public that we must do this work, we often go rather too far in promising what we might achieve ..."
Well, at least he is honest, if belatedly.
This is all about regenerative medicine and so:
That's especially so given that E(mbryonic) S(tem) cells are hardly the end-all and be-all of regenerative medicine, with stiff competition from adult stem cells (AS cells) and what are called "induced pluripotent stem cells." These iPS cells, engineered from mature human skin cells, are considered to be just as flexible as embryonic ones. But as with AS variety, they have neither the health concerns nor moral baggage of the embryonic ones.
But, ES cells are sexier than AS or iPS cells. So, why is President Obama supporting Stem Cell research:
In justifying his stem cell research executive order, President Barack Obama cited "a consensus of "the majority of Americans." Actually, the polling responses vary tremendously depending on the questions asked. But no decision is better than the information upon which it's based. What might Americans think if they knew the ES cell research "decades away" secret?
Lied to again. But only because they're doing what's best for us. As Jack Nicholson's character said to Tom Cruise's character in A Few Good Men: "You can't handle the truth." I not only can handle the truth, I demand the truth. I am sick and tired of being lied to for my own good, by people who are beneath my dignity, if they think that lying to me is going to make me support them in further lies.
I wonder what else Michael Fumento has uncovered. Hmmm!