Sunday, February 24, 2008

February 23 Flu Update

Flu spreads again in Bangladesh.

There's also more outbreak news from Tibet.

Big economic losses in Bangladesh due to bird flu.

This is something we don't think about....but there's a reason there's so many chickens in Asian countries---they rely on it for food. And when that supply is interrupted? Story here from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh urges "caution" in reporting bird flu.

Vested groups are active to prod the media to create a panicky situation and influence the government to import costly vaccines for making brisk business in the name of controlling avian influenza,â€‌ Dr Muhammed Abdul Karim, an expert working with Bangladesh Agriculture University told a seminar on Friday.

Thailand claims slight mutation in flu virus.

Some crows died in India, setting off a panic.

A professor in Pakistan says not to worry, bird flu won't spread there because it is hot.

As if in counterpoint, an outbreak is reported in Karachi.

Revere blogs the recent book from the Indonesian health minister who claims bird flu is part of the developed world's attempt to control the third world......note the use of the phrase "tenuous grip on reality."

NIOSH has an alert on protecting workers from bird flu.

Huntington WV has made a bird flu video---WASH YOUR HANDS!


At 7:55 PM, Blogger Wulfgang said...


Regarding your news articles on Bangladesh and the economic and nutritional impacts to the nation because of rampant bird flu in their poultry, they could well be entering a time in the near future of being unable to feed their population. To make matters worse, more and more nations are dramatically reducing their production of wheat and coarse grains (corn, sorghum, oats, rye, barley), as they divert their agricultural land for alternative fuel crops.

For example, ending stocks of wheat in the US for the period 2007/2008 is expected to be 109.7 million tons, their lowest period in 30 years, since 1946/47. The market price of wheat and coarse grains has doubled in the last year alone.

Thus, in my opinion, if the H5N1 doesn’t completely decimate their poultry industry (as well as India’s) within another year, it is doubtful they will be able to afford to even feed the poultry that remains, let alone afford the price of grains in the open market for bread for humans. I know this sounds alarmist, however, mark my words: both Bangladesh and India will soon face more than a “nutritional crises”. Both countries in my view have mishandled their bird flu outbreaks, and continue to downplay the infestation that spreading throughout their countries unabated. Neither country to my knowledge even has a poultry vaccination program, their culling is inadequate, and it almost defies logic that no human infections have been reported in either country to date. Absolutely unbelievable.

What is almost unbelievable also is that today China is reporting its third suspected human infected H5N1 individual, a 44 year old woman in Guangdong Province, without any reported outbreak in poultry. This follows two other human illnesses reported, one in Guangxi and Hunan – without any poultry outbreaks there also. Once again, absolutely incredible in my view.

Finally, I would like to commend Revere for being so polite and PC in regards to his comments of the state of mental health of the Indonesian Health Minister, Dr, Siti Fadilah Supari (“tenuous grip on reality”), However, we all need to look at the uncontroversial facts of economics, religion and politics when it comes to Indonesia: she wants the WHO and western capitalists to finance and build their pharmaceutical and vaccine industry for the price of H5N1 sample strains – and that is not going to happen during our lifetime, in my view.

When one really analyzes who is a threat to who in this world and is intent on world domination, control over underdeveloped countries, and weaponization of viruses, it is not the west that is the threat, or Los Alamos Labs, it is Indonesia itself.

Case in point: Indonesia is the most populated Muslim country in the world and has at least four major radical violent extremists groups who advocate death and destruction. The Jemaah Islamiah (JI) group, which means “Islamic Community” has proven links to Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network. This group is responsible for the bombing of the Bali nightclub. The Islamic Defenders’ Front (FPI) is another radical Indonesian Islamic group composed of several thousand members, who’s goal is establishment of strict Sharia law. The third radical group is Darul Islam, which means “abode of Islam” also has links to al-Qaeda. And then we have a fourth radical group of extremists, called the Laskar Jihad group, a which is a paramilitary group of thousands, known for waging a “holy war” against all Christians. Its commander, a Mr. Jafar Umar Thalib, is currently in prison for inciting religious violence, but was consoled by non-other than Vice President Hamzah Haz, who leads Indonesia’s largest Muslim political party, the “United Development Party (PPP)”, who visited him several times in prison.

So, who is the real threat to whom in this world ? The greedy western capitalists who make a fair profit for vaccine production, or the radical extremists groups embedded and sanctioned by the Indonesian government itself.

Well that answer is certainly a no brainer…



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