October 26, 2004

We're All Gonna Die

Omigawd! We're all gonna get the flu and die and it's all Bush's fault just like the hurricanes that hit Florida. Bush's fault. The earthquake in Japan? Bush's fault. In fact, everything bad that has happened in the world in the last four years is Bush's fault. And somehow he is still leading in the polls.

Let's look at this flu thing. Since when did the flu become smallpox? To hear the media tell it hundreds of thousands of people are gonna die because we do not have enough flu vaccine. First off this is bullshit. I remember the big scare about the swine flu 20 some years ago. It was gonna be the worst influenza epidemic in 50 years. It turned out to be a non-event. Geez! We're talking about the flu here. It's not like it's AIDS.

Now lets talk about the shortage of the flu vaccine that has been blamed on the Bush administration. The shortage is the gummint's fault but it is not the Bush administration that caused the problem. Nope that can be traced back to one of the shrillest voices criticizing the Bush administration, Senator Hillary Rodent Clinton.

Before I explain that let me tell you about sone letters written by booger eatin' moh-rons in the Atlanta Urinal and Constipation. One of them bemoaned the fact that we had to get our vaccines from a foreign country and that we should just make the greedy drug companies make them. I'm sure this person also thinks at the same time that we should get prescription drugs from Canada. This is a typical socialist solution. Another person said much the same thing, but went a step further and said the gummint should take over sone of the drug companies and force them to make vaccine. There is a name for this. It is what this person probably accuses Republicans of: fascism.

What these idiots, and socialists like Hillary do not understand is that businesses exist to make profits. And when businesses make profits they can hire more people. Profitable businesses hire people, unprofitable businesses fire people.

In the early 1990's there were five companies that made flu vaccines. When Hillary Rodent tried to nationalize health care she failed, but she did have one success. She decided that the gummint should take over vaccinations "for the children". Y'see, she thought that every child rich or poor should be vaccinated and it was the gummint's job to do it.

Being the good little socialist that she is she also didn't think those evil drug companies should make a lot of money so she used the gummint's clout to mandate very small profits. As I said, businesses exist to make profits. If the profits are not high enough, they get out of that particular business. That is why we only have two companies that make the flu vaccine. Thank Hillary.

I would like to bring up lawsuits against the companies, but they are urban legends according to Snopes, especially the one about Babyface. He was too busy putting OB-GYN's out of business to be involved in a dinky little lawsuit about vaccination side effects.

One of my commenters had the best advice. Stay away from large crowds and wash your hands often. If you do not get a flu shot you will still have a better chance getting killed in an automobile accident than you will dying from the flu.

I'm considered high risk but I'm not getting a shot. I'm also not worried. But then, I have a brain.

Posted by denny at October 26, 2004 10:54 PM  

Aww, C'mon! Flu ain't nothing to be sneezed at!

Put that good brain to work and riddle me this concerning all those tons of C4/Pemtex that went missing:

If the 101st Airborne (and the embedded NBC guys) arrived at the known-depot of some 87+ buildings full of tagged explosives prior to Bremer taking charge of them .... how come they didn't file a report saying something like: "there's 300 tons or more of shit missing from here!"? And if they DID file a report, who was it to? When?

I only write this as being a BIG fan of C4; you could cook with it, fit it to almost any shape that was comfortable on the hump; you could roll it, knead it, mark it with a 'T' ... you could whack it with a rifle butt and it wouldn't explode.

I once observed Marine engineers in Viet Nam move a slab of sheer rock out of the way of the mouth of a cave by poking/pasting/pushing the stuff in cracks & crevices and then inserting blasting-caps and collecting all the black-wires into one bundle & the red ones into another. They attached the bundles to a hand-held magneto and that slab of rock just politely stepped east by about 8 paces. Hardly any noise, hardly any smoke, just AWESOME lifting power.

Every day I read the news, more 1969-1970 stuff comes flooding back.


Dan S

Posted by: Dan S on October 27, 2004 12:35 AM

Well said Denny.
Flu is no big deal..

Posted by: Bosco Pereira on October 27, 2004 01:11 AM

I've never gotten a flu shot, and I'm also high risk. I read recently that if there is a shortage of flu vaccine in your area, you should go ahead and get a pneumonia vaccine. Seems most of the time, if a flu patient dies, it's because the flu developed into pneumonia. Thousands more die every year from pneumonia than from flu. But so you know, pneumonia shots don't always work either. I was told they would last five years, mine lasted two.

Posted by: Denise on October 27, 2004 01:46 AM

It is my experience, proven by many years of refined testing, that the flu can be avoided by maintaining proper blood-merlot levels. Or maybe I can't tell the difference between the flu and a hangover. More testing is required, I think.

Posted by: marcel on October 27, 2004 06:08 AM

The real reason we don't have flu shots this year, cause all of the yuppies are eating, too much fucking chickens, Catfish.

Posted by: Catfish on October 27, 2004 07:29 AM

Amen! Nice to see there are SOME people who understand the "flu vaccine crisis". I plan to maintain a proper blood-merlot level.

Posted by: Em's Mom on October 27, 2004 07:53 AM

Heads up re: flu shots:

The virus is grown in chicken eggs. If you are allergic to eggs, as I am, you will go into anaphalactic shock about twelve hours after the injection.

The shot is a short term solution. If the same strain reappears in a year or so, you must be re-innoculated.

Posted by: Blair on October 27, 2004 08:42 AM

Let's not forget a critical factor; quality control, which only happens consistently when driven by the free-market consumer.

Posted by: Lark on October 27, 2004 09:01 AM

I agree that the flu is not a big deal, but I disagree with the comment about trial lawyers/lawsuits not having much to do with the vaccine shortage problem. Read this article:

Posted by: AnnaB on October 27, 2004 09:37 AM

Dan S.: Okkkkaaayyy.

I don't want a flu shot. It's not a magic bullet. It won't stop you from getting the flu. It just reduces your chances.

Just remember elementary hygiene: wash your hands; use alcohol gel; stay away from crowds. And if you're sick, STAY THE H@%# HOME!!!! I DON'T %@!#$% WANT IT! I've got some moron two offices down coughing his lungs out. Stay away from me, idiot. Damn!

That concludes the pet peeve rant for today.

Imperial Keeper

Posted by: Elizabeth on October 27, 2004 09:41 AM

-- To hear the media tell it hundreds of thousands of people are gonna die because we do not have enough flu vaccine.--

Well, that culls the herd, starts the largest transfer of wealth this country has seen and helps social security, so, what's the problem?

Sounds like a feature to me.

Posted by: Sandy P on October 27, 2004 11:40 AM

Talking about pneumonia, studies are finding out that brushing teeth at least 2x a day will help when you get sick, 4x is better. I have a friend who works in the med industry.

Posted by: Sandy P on October 27, 2004 11:43 AM

You forgot to mention tonight's lunar eclipse is also Bush's fault.

Posted by: greg on October 27, 2004 11:45 AM

Ooh! Ooh! It's pouring outside my house--it's gonna be Bush's fault if my fish pond overflows!

I'm with you on the flu shots, Denny. Neither I nor my Hubby nor even my son are going to get the shots. I've never had one, never felt the need. It's pathetic how many people are thrown into a feather-moulting tizzy over something humanity has lived with for thousands of years. What, orange juice and bed rest aren't good enough anymore?!

I'll tell you what part of the problem is--people are scared to death of germs now. Everything has to be as antiseptic as a cleanroom. Kids aren't allowed to play in the dirt without a liberal decontamination and a strict regimen of antibiotics afterwards. At the first sign of a sniffle most people cram a box of decongestants in their mouths and wash it down with a bottle of Nyquil. Television ads push HEPA filters and air ionizers and Claritin on us, we're expected to live in terminal fear of dust mites and microbes...the very idea of walking outside one's door and taking a deep breath of air leaves most people in a histamine panic. You can't even go to most grocery stores anymore without passing through that creepy purple UV light--check out your local HEB and I bet you'll find one right there next to the entrance!

We live in a world growing ever more afraid of boo-boos and sniffles. It's ludicrous!


Posted by: Denita TwoDragons on October 27, 2004 12:15 PM

Exactly, TwoDragons. That's also why there has been an alarming increase in asthma.

Imperial Keeper

Posted by: Elizabeth on October 27, 2004 02:05 PM

"I'm also not worried. But then, I have a brain."
Shit. What about the rest of us?

Posted by: MetallicaRat on October 27, 2004 02:06 PM

fyi: all the flu vaccine we have was produced by aventis pasteur here in mount pocono, pa-the largest empolyer in the county. All jobs in-sourced from France.

Posted by: thursby on October 27, 2004 02:16 PM

I've never gotten a flu shot. I'm one of those weird people who has severely adverse reactions to immunizations--when the stuff doesn't use killed viruses, I contract the disease, and when it does use killed virus, it just makes me miserably sick for two to three weeks. I refuse to go through that once a year on the off chance that it'll prevent me from getting the flu (which I've never had to begin with).

The near hysteria over flu and other problems always amazes me. I was almost thrown out of high school for not having a complete set of vaccinations--the nurse insisted that I get the booster shots against illnesses I'd already survived (as an infant, I managed to make it through measels, mumps, rubella, and diptheria all at once due to vaccinations. I didn't recieve a polio vaccine, thank goodness). I finally went in to get the MMR, TD, and polio (the oral vaccine, at least at the time, used live virus: the shot doesn't, but the won't give the shot to infants). Guess what? I got nasty sick immediately afterwards, and never went back for the final MR booster.

If people really, desperately have to have their shot, then there would be plenty to go around if people would pay for the shot. Five dollars? Ten dollars each? That's not unreasonable, and it would mean the drug companies could be profitable again.

Posted by: Veryalda Relisys on October 27, 2004 04:06 PM

Cost in NC has been around $15 for several years. And worth every penny if you've ever had the REAL flu of the 2-week variety. Aspirin and orange juice won't touch it, and it's not just sniffles. But thank goodness, we can all choose for ourselves.

Posted by: Indigo on October 27, 2004 05:21 PM

I'm an RN and couldn't have put it better, Denny. You have a better chance of contracting TB riding MARTA than getting the flu.

Posted by: Pamela on October 27, 2004 05:22 PM

I have a bad cold (it must be George Bush's fault)

Posted by: Ahnold on October 27, 2004 05:53 PM

The major pharmaceutical companies in the USA provided almost 90% of our nation's flu vaccine at one time. And, they did this despite a very low profit margin for the product. Basically, they were doing us a favor. In the late 1980's a man from North Carolina, who had received the vaccine, got the flu. The strain he caught was one of the strains in that year's vaccine that was produced by a US company. What did he do? He sued and won. He was awarded almost $5 million. After that case was both appealed and lost again, most US pharmaceutical companies immediately stopped making the vaccine. The liability out-weighed the profit margin. Since the UK and Canadian laws prohibit such frivolous law suits, both countries have companies that are selling and profiting from their sales in the US.

Again, Why The Shortage:

Because Chiron had to destroy product versus selling it to the USA........and US companies stopped producing due to the liability.

By The Way:

The lawyer that represented the man in the flu shot law suit was John Edwards. Since Hillary Clinton was complaining bitterly yesterday about how our current government could have such a shortage, perhaps she should talk to the Vice Presidential candidate.

Posted by: David Cobb on October 27, 2004 06:08 PM

David - I almost posted that word for word until I tool a quick trip to Snopes and here is what they say.

Posted by: Denny Wilson on October 27, 2004 09:16 PM

Damn! I can't ever count on you for a little "Sky is Falling" hysteria! You're always so damn rational...


Posted by: Cranky Chick on October 27, 2004 11:14 PM
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