O.K., lets just concede that Joe Biden has said a lot of stupid stuff in the past. He may even be a jerk but that is subject to individual opinion and judgment.
But is Biden right to warn that it might be a good idea just to stay out of subways, aircraft and other tight places (like taxis, classrooms, etc.) while the flu is around?
Biden’s boner might just have some merit: as the closing of most public activities and functions seems to be slowing the impact of the H1N1 flu in Mexico (see Catherine Bremer from Reuters below)….
On the other hand, if Biden is overreacting, what is the ground truth? That the Obama Government-Media and Global Government machine has overreacted and scared us to death with the flu? And then decided to keep business on track?
I think this is a very valid question after Katrina: where a Mayor and Governor kept businesses open on a Saturday night in New Orleans and then wept when they needed a real “bailout”….
We need to go back and assess the merits of the Biden plan: even if most of us think he is a jerk….because there is nothing wrong with that…..
Or at least ask if this was a hyped ‘crisis” and why?
After all: “never let a good crisis go to waste….”
Below: Catherine Bremer from Reuters
Mexico started a five-day shutdown of most offices and businesses on Friday to try to halt the spread of a deadly flu strain, and officials said they were encouraged by signs that the number of new cases was falling.Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova said the public hospitals that treat roughly half the country admitted just 46 patients with severe flu symptoms on Thursday, down from 212 patients on April 20. “This is encouraging,” he said.
Mexico, the worst-hit country, has reported 176 deaths from the new strain of the H1N1 virus.
Worldwide, 13 countries have confirmed cases. The latest were Denmark and Hong Kong — where a traveler from Mexico accounted for the first verified case on the Asian continent.
The largest number of confirmed cases outside Mexico is in the United States, with 109. Almost all infections outside Mexico have been mild, and only a handful of patients have required hospital treatment.
Only one person has died outside Mexico: a toddler from Mexico who traveled to the United States.
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There will be about 1,700 U.S. cases of the new H1N1 flu, aka “swine flu,” in the next four weeks under a worst-case scenario, according to a research team’s new simulations.
And a second team working independently, about 200 miles away, on exactly the same question came up with a similar forecast.
As of Thursday, there were 109 lab-confirmed U.S. cases of the new influenza, according to the World Health Organization, which earlier this week raised the risk level of the influenza to one stage below because the virus is being transmitted within at least two countries in one region of the world. A full pandemic – the virus is also being transmitted within a third country in a different region – is considered imminent.
It is not clear, however, how virulent or deadly this flu strain will become.
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By Wesley Pruden
The Washington Times
We were all supposed to be in the graveyard by now, done in by AIDS, SARS, bird flu, poisoned peanut butter, Hong Kong flu, killer tomatoes, global warming and strangulation by kudzu. But here we are, proof that there really is life after death.
Now we learn that we might freeze before the pigs get us. (The chickens failed.) NASA scientists have observed that the solar wind is the weakest since we began keeping such records, that the magnetic axis of the sun is tilted to an unusual degree, and Ol’ Sol is the quietest he has been in a century. A chill, say the solar scientists, may be on the way. (Or not.) Worse, says one of them, this could compel reappraisal of the science of global warning. Try as he might, poor old Al Gore just can’t keep the cosmos in line.
But this week Ol’ Sol has been put in the shade by a new panic du jour. The cable-TV networks and the Internet are bubbling with sunspots, even if the sun isn’t. Sample these latest headlines from the Drudge Report: “Two flu cases confirmed in Scotland. Has globalization made us more catastrophe-prone? Swine flu sweeps the globe. Swine flu closes football stadiums. The world must work together against this threat.”
We haven’t seen a panic quite like this one since the last one. SARS was once thought to be the ultimate panic, though the longest running panic was the AIDS scare, when big media set out to convince us that “now we are all at risk.” SARS was never a threat in the United States, and worth the P-word only in China and even there a risk confined mostly to people who sleep with their chickens. You can step in all manner of unpleasant things in a chicken house. AIDS continues to be a succession of personal tragedies, but it has lost its power to terrorize continents. Worse, it lost its media cachet. Besides, nobody at the New York Times or at CNN wants to credit George W. Bush with anything good, or even acknowledge how he has become a hero in Africa for the American campaign against AIDS in Africa that has saved millions of lives.