Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chapter 5. H1N1? More Like FBC101

There may not be a conspiracy out there regarding the much-touted H1N1 influenza, as far as the actual biological phenomenon is concerned.  But the psycho-sociological exploitation of the (ahem) pandemic should chill you more than a swine-flu fever.

As has been pointed out already in this blog, control of the means of sustenance means ultimate control of the subject's (read: victim's) every action.

Imagine if there was an imminent famine, and government agencies indicated that two portions of food, determined to be the minimum nutritive support needed for survival, would be available for every citizen "shortly."  Then suddenly, the same agencies took a mulligan and announced that not to worry, only one portion would surely be enough.  And then, it turned out that only about 10% of the food necessary give out those portions was actually available.  When inevitably questioned, their rejoinder was wrapped in technical jargon about kilojoules of energy, and glycemic load, and vitamin metabolic absorption rates.

What would happen, in the midst of this looming apparent disaster?  Of course, fear and hording and clamoring for the little food that might be doled out by the state.  Natural enough, as the instinct for human survival is strong.  There could be anger, and violence, and murder, as parents fought for their own children's survival at the deadly expense of the other parents' families.  Imagine that as the government food truck showed up, how men and women would each push and jostle with one hand, while the other was outstretched toward the state-run distributors of food.  Neighbor against neighbor; brother against brother; eventually parent against child.

Now translate imminent famine to H1N1 pandemic.  Translate innoculations to portions of government-doled food.  Translate food truck to health clinics.  And translate desperate citizens to... well, desperate citizens.

Now imagine that the government suddenly announced, or someone found out and publicized, that the famine was actually just a normal downturn in food surplus, just like most years.  No big cataclysm, no real need to panic.  All those ugly incidents, the pushing and shoving, the arguments and curses, the violence.  All those people suddenly realizing, in shame, that they had become what they would never want to become...

Getting back to H1N1, it's not clear yet how far the infection has spread in America.  The CDC states that up to 5.7 million people in the U.S. contracted H1N1 between April and July.  Of those, about 1,000 have died.  It is clear that doctors were quickly ordered to stop testing for H1N1 (vs the seasonal flu), making the actual tracking of H1N1 impossible.  Their reasons for doing so are:
"1. CDC believes that regular seasonal influenza viruses will co-circulate with 2009 H1N1 influenza and capturing all laboratory-confirmed influenza will provide a fuller picture of the burden of all flu during the pandemic.
2. There are too many cases of flu to test and confirm so laboratory-confirmed data is a vast underestimate of the true number of cases and this bias would be exacerbated over the course of the pandemic as more and more people become ill.

3. Influenza and pneumonia syndrome is a diagnostic code used by all hospitals. Capturing this number will reflect a fuller picture of influenza and influenza-related serious illness and deaths in the United States during the pandemic. Influenza and pneumonia syndrome hospitalizations and deaths may be an overestimate of actual number of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths, but CDC believes influenza and pneumonia syndromic reports are likely to be a more sensitive measure of flu-associated hospitalizations and deaths than laboratory confirmed reports during this pandemic.

However, the syndromic reports of all hospitalizations and deaths recorded as either influenza or pneumonia will mean that the case counts are less specific than before and will include cases that are not related to influenza infection."
Make sense?  Thought so.

The point is not whether the outbreak of H1N1, which is demonstrable at some level, is a pandemic or not; or whether somebody botched the estimates of infection or the production of vaccine.  Many good people are trying to protect Americans.

The point is our own behavior.  Without a conscious effort to resist, we will give in to our basest urges if pushed hard enough in the right (wrong) direction.  If there is not enough food.  Or enough vaccine.  Or enough police protection.  Or enough freedom of speech or worship.  Or enough health care.

Fear-Based Control 101

Quotient out.

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