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larssnowpharter
25th Apr 2009, 18:39
Given that it is a swine flu, could it be that the taliban have finally come up with the right anti West weapon?:eek:

Standard Noise
25th Apr 2009, 18:40
Good Mother Earth will always look after herself and use whatever she has to thin out the herd. Shame she hasn't learnt to thin out the ones we don't need, politicians, greenies, reality TV 'stars' etc.

OFSO
25th Apr 2009, 18:45
Did you come by Ryanair ?

No, I flu Pandemic......

Coat, hat, wallet, spectacles, etc...door...BANG

V2-OMG!
25th Apr 2009, 19:03
LOL! at OFSO (and wiping coffee off screen for 102nd time now!)

1DC
25th Apr 2009, 20:51
Hope it only turns out to be as bad as that bird flu we were supposed to die of a few years ago.............

CATIII-NDB
25th Apr 2009, 21:31
See the thread on canceling the 2012 unwanted Olympics

Its Gordon's big escape card - Swine flu - Bank on the Nail.

CATIII

visibility3miles
25th Apr 2009, 21:45
If you have the bird flue,

get a chimney sweep!

Avitor
25th Apr 2009, 22:03
I blame the global warming scientists, they must have done something. :}

Crackpot b:mad:stards!

tony draper
25th Apr 2009, 22:05
Don't suppose the suggestion that all Aircraft be grounded immediately and a world wide ban on international travel of any kind be enacted would go down well on Prune?
:rolleyes:
Captain Trips is long overdue.:ooh:

tony draper
25th Apr 2009, 22:33
That's dangerous Mr G-C the whole crew and passengers should be sterilized at once:rolleyes:

Dushan
25th Apr 2009, 22:53
Think I'll just stay in the house till it blows over. ;)



(Got plenty of Scotch.)

Phizer making a vaccine from Brussels sprouts, I hear...

Sunray Minor
25th Apr 2009, 23:25
Nothing to be afraid of. Those scientists don't know what they're talking about, they were warning of an ice-age only a few years ago, kill more people than they save they do. Besides, there's no consensus H1N1 even exists and even if it does, flu viruses have been happening throughout history - nothing to do with us. In fact I heard a scientist say it is all a fabrication by socialist green-terrorists who are seeking to turn this country in to a communist state. Bloody sandle, wearing hippies. Where's my shield and truncheon? *froth* *foam*

Buster Hyman
26th Apr 2009, 09:39
Great. Just when I'm going to the States! :rolleyes:

BombayDuck
26th Apr 2009, 10:07
Buster, it could be worse - there are a couple of cases in New Zealand, via a family that just returned from California or Mexico (not sure which).

So much for a connected world...

Howard Hughes
26th Apr 2009, 10:38
California or Mexico (not sure which).

It's the same place isn't it?;)

Buster Hyman
26th Apr 2009, 10:42
Ducky...the flight stops in AKL on the return....DOH! :ugh::ugh::ugh:

tony draper
26th Apr 2009, 10:44
"Apparently it's a hybrid of Bird and Human".
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a194/Deaddogbay/pig-talking.jpg
:rolleyes:

Takan Inchovit
26th Apr 2009, 11:01
I am seriously considering getting infected early thus avoiding the rush.

aviate1138
26th Apr 2009, 11:24
Something for the insatiable 24 Hour 'Breaking News' panic mongers to amplify to the 'nth' degree? Remember Avian Flu? Mad Cow disease? Mexico City has 80 deaths and only 23,000,000 inhabitants. Of course in this 100% safety culture we have developed so that any hint of something that might cause premature death must be eliminated or as in most cases, no longer mentioned by the Press and forgotten until the next 'Pandemic' [UN Agency covering their arses!]

dazdaz
26th Apr 2009, 15:47
I bet Miss Piggy is a bit worried.

Standard Noise
26th Apr 2009, 16:05
Don't suppose Kermit's too chuffed either!:}

Two's in
26th Apr 2009, 22:05
(Is it me or are the media getting ahead of themselves on this particular story? Let's not create mass hysteria and wait for the facts)

No, it is not just you.

Latest Media Upate 17:23 EDT 25 APR 09

This current outbreak of media hysteria is seemingly much more resistant than earlier ones. Despite attempts to counteract it with reports of Pirate resistant SEALS, Ugly Scottish Karaoke singers, and cute cuddly dogs in the White house, the hysteria has developed strong immunity. Its renewed strength also seems to be a factor of of the failed economy stories now slipping into the terminal phase. Despite some very potent graphics and loud shouting, most viewers seem resigned to the slow but certain death of the "Wall Street Robbed us" story.

Some reporters have confided that the only way to successfully eradicate this potent and frightening paranoia would require a full strength story of the "Britney is Gay" or "The Pope is a Catholic" nature. Even then, many doubt that it would be effective in treating the intoxicating nature of the current hyperbole. One reporter said "it only takes a few uses of words like "pandemic" or "quarantine" to get people hooked. Every dose has to be stronger and pretty soon you're an addict". "Before you know it headlines have "Killer Pig Flu" in them, and then there is no going back to real news".

In one early indication that the worst of this outbreak may be behind us, a case today involved the vexed question of whether college girls look good in bikinis, with the appropriate pictures; and another asked whether rich people were truly happy. Not much taken in isolation, but hopefully a sign of Killer Pig hysteria coming under some sort of control.

pigboat
27th Apr 2009, 03:38
Sounds like it's being spread by flying pigs. :p

Now here's (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aEsNownABJ6Q&refer=worldwide) a conspiracy in the making. (5th paragraph down.)

hellsbrink
27th Apr 2009, 03:43
Now here's (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aEsNownABJ6Q&refer=worldwide) a conspiracy in the making.

Now that's a good one


:}

Dushan
27th Apr 2009, 03:50
Sounds like it's being spread by flying pigs. :p

Now here's (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aEsNownABJ6Q&refer=worldwide) a conspiracy in the making. (5th paragraph down.)

Where there men in black seen around?

racedo
27th Apr 2009, 10:34
Flying Pigs (http://www.econ.ucsb.edu/~tedb/flypig.html)

Guess US Air may change its policy on flying pigs:ugh:

Radar66
27th Apr 2009, 10:44
Flying pigs eh? :confused:

.
.best be careful.... :eek:
..

.
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m38/GrumpyOldFart/3flypigs.gif



;):O

bnt
27th Apr 2009, 11:18
from XKCD (http://xkcd.com/) this morning:

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/swine_flu.png

Some of those tweeters are characters from other comics e.g. HanneloreEC (http://twitter.com/HanneloreEC) is from Questionable Content (http://questionablecontent.net/) (which I heartily recommend).

There's also the Hashtags system that tracks the use of tags in Twitter posts. Guess what the most popular tag (http://hashtags.org/tag/swineflu/messages) is right now? :hmm:

Storminnorm
27th Apr 2009, 11:26
If you're Jewish or Muslim can you be exempted from catching
Swine Fever? Unclean beasts!!

tony draper
27th Apr 2009, 11:31
The answer is obvious,eat all the pigs.:)

airship
27th Apr 2009, 13:26
Following on from Storminnorm:

The "Bacon Sarnie Lovers" society has denounced current events as yet another Judeo-Islamic conspiracy... :ok:

OFSO
27th Apr 2009, 13:30
If you're Jewish or Muslim can you be exempted from catching Swine Fever?

yes Storminorm, but you have to be circumspect.

(I think that's how it's spelled ?)

hellsbrink
27th Apr 2009, 16:59
Kinda ironic that it's the same strain as the famous Spanish Flu since it's gotten to Spain now...

Ho hum, if the flu doesn't kill you you'll drown in the rivers of snot from everyone else who catches it.

nsimbo
27th Apr 2009, 17:42
Don't panic - I've got some oinkment

blue up
27th Apr 2009, 17:48
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j279/foggythomas/thatremindsme.jpg
Me and Will at the farm yesterday.


"Dad. That one just sneezed at me.....and his breath stinks! They said it was from Mexico but I think this pig is Brazilian" :}



I should add that this is on an ENGLISH farm. In WALES we don't shave the pubic hair of animals, especially if we plan to eat them!

G-CPTN
27th Apr 2009, 18:05
Mexico City has been hit by an earthquake of magnitude 6.0.
Seems like there's little likelihood of serious damage:-
Earthquake rattles Mexico City - CNN.com (http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/04/27/mexico.earthquake/index.html)

oldshuck
27th Apr 2009, 18:58
You dirty rotten swine you deaded me !

memories of a very old radio show

Eccles and Bluebottle anyone remember ?

dead_pan
27th Apr 2009, 19:14
Quote from the 'serious' thread:

Mexico City has been hit by an earthquake of magnitude 6.0.

Wow, what a stroke of luck!! That'll stop the disease in its tracks.

Its a bit of a heavy-handed response by God in answering our prayers, don't you think?

Dushan
27th Apr 2009, 19:16
Now this is my kind of thread...

OFSO
27th Apr 2009, 19:18
Eccles and Bluebottle anyone remember ?


Neddy Seagoon: Who says zie Germans don't haf a sense of humour ?

Eccles (very quietly in the background) Just about everyone.....

Still, swine flu...not much fun....(tries to think of joke, fails)...no, not much fun at all....

BombayDuck
27th Apr 2009, 19:39
Flu AND earthquake?

This is the right time to play....

Pandemic II (http://www.crazymonkeygames.com/jkf6Tr/pandemic2.swf)

(warning: Flash link)
(warning: Morbid)
(warning: Addictive)

hellsbrink
27th Apr 2009, 19:56
Officially in Britain now, two confirmed cases in Scotland.

Yer all DOOMED!

tony draper
27th Apr 2009, 21:19
Well if they adopt the same measures they took for that Foot and Mouth outbreak they are going to have to start shooting Scotsmen tonight if they wish to contain it.
:uhoh:

madrock
27th Apr 2009, 21:23
Aye, Hector and Hamish - eedjits ! I telt them it wisnae' a short-haired sheep !!

V2-OMG!
27th Apr 2009, 21:38
Should spread quickly with so many politicians and bankers around...

a.k.a. pigs at the trough.

Rob Courtney
27th Apr 2009, 21:51
Dont know what your all getting worried about everybody knows the worst kind of flu is MAN flu!!

tony draper
27th Apr 2009, 22:12
Why don't they instigate travel restrictions right now? you can bet your left testicle if this is the bad one and they do restrict travel it will be way to late, more people will die due to the stupidity of gutless officialdom than anything else.
:uhoh:

JennyB
27th Apr 2009, 22:21
Wouldn't that be typical NuLab Nannystatism??

tony draper
27th Apr 2009, 22:28
Yer there is that plus it offend the Mexicans and we can't have that can we, Whitehall would sooner see a few million of their own citizens dead than be seen to do summat none PC.
:rolleyes:

sevenforeseven
27th Apr 2009, 22:28
I believe the perfect storm has arrived for all in aviation.:{
Swine flu, global recession, high fuel prices, dollar exchange rates, not forgetting the green issues. Oh dear nearly forgot, this government who seems to only look after themselves with expenses and pay rises. Also tax increases for passengers. Not themselves as they will claim it back on expenses.:mad:
Never has so much turmoil in one go, been experianced in aviation, what seems to happen all in one go.
As Willie walsh at BA says, "only the strong will survive". Never in my opinion has a truer word been said (unfortunatly by him).
This to me is the begining of leaner and trying times.
Lets all keep our fingers crossed that no matter which carrier we all work for that our future prosperiority is safe.:ok:

fireflybob
27th Apr 2009, 22:32
Don't worry - we will all survive. We did before.

frostbite
27th Apr 2009, 22:45
That will be fine until someone with some commonsense looks at the Use Before date.

6000PIC
27th Apr 2009, 22:47
Yes we did , except those that didn`t.

iriver88
27th Apr 2009, 22:48
If you survive this, you'd come out looking like Gloria Gaynor.

Tank2Engine
27th Apr 2009, 22:53
Actually, oil is relatively cheap at the moment and will probably get a little bit cheaper.

By thinking ahead and hedging now, airlines can get ready for when that other perfect storm will hit: peak oil, sky high oil prices and a booming world economy.

iriver88
27th Apr 2009, 22:56
but honestly peeps, this is looking really bad.

Scientists also believe that a pandemic is a naturally occuring event as virus mutate, virus are living organism that also follows Darwin theory of Evolution, they also want to survive and so they evolve (mutate) as Willie Nelson says only the strong will survive, you would not believe how strong this virus is. It can take down millions of lives. Don't underestimate it.:eek:

bnt
27th Apr 2009, 23:06
Got your shots?

T_qJ2tOY7ss

smudgethecat
27th Apr 2009, 23:06
Oh P*ss off iriver with your doom and gloom, this strain of flu is no worse than most other common flu strains and certainly nothing like the strain which killed so many in 1918

BarbiesBoyfriend
27th Apr 2009, 23:08
'Swine flu' is a load of pish.

Disregard it completely.

Bird flu was the same deal.
The "media" love these pandemic stories, but the TRUTH is that they tend to kill about the same number in a year, as die in a day on Americas' roads.

Believe it by all means, if you are a halfwit.

racedo
27th Apr 2009, 23:09
Mexico City has been hit by an earthquake of magnitude 6.0.

Someone doesn't like the Mexicans at the moment.

looseobject
27th Apr 2009, 23:21
Don't worry - we will all survive. We did before.


Then call me INDIANA JONES

BoeingMEL
27th Apr 2009, 23:24
Those diagnosed in the UK have been treated already and are recovering. Period. End of story! Sure, the industry is in the doo-doo (again!) but most operators will get through it. Maybe Pprune needs a new section...

"Fairy Stories and Bolleaux" maybe?

:ugh: Cheers for now, sneeze, sniff, oink oink!

Tank2Engine
27th Apr 2009, 23:27
The "media" love these pandemic stories, but the TRUTH is that they tend to kill about the same number in a year, as die in a day on Americas' roads.
Fair point about the media, but any uncontained pandemic has the potential to kill a lot more people than that die on American roads.

p.s. it's not just the media that love these stories, for the politicians it's also a blessing in disguise to take the attention of their (mis)handling of the economic mess we're in.

fireflybob
27th Apr 2009, 23:52
I am reminded of the F. D. Roosevelt quote:-

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Media only print the bad news - most of the world is getting along fine.

Remember what you focus on is what you get!

Are their challenges? Yes of course there are and always will be but I think we are living in an age where we need more use of the F word - Faith that is!

I believe that long term globally the airline industry is entering a boom period. Various events will come along from time to time to cause the odd wobble but expansion will continue. Some of us recall the "Oil Crisis" of the early 1970s and they were predicting then that we would soon run out of oil! And yes ok I know oil is a finite resource but it won't be beyond the wit of man to devise other propulsion systems far beyond what we currently dream of.

Modern aviation is a miracle and has changed our world and will continue to do so.

The greatest threat I see is interfering governments jumping on the band-wagon and taxing aviation out of existence under the pretence of "Global Warming".

BYALPHAINDIA
28th Apr 2009, 00:25
But does the average 'Member of the Pubic' Lol!! give a 'Monkeys Arse' about the Aviation Industry anyway??

To them they like to say 'It's just sitting on a bus' 'DOOOHHHHH!!!

Yeah right = Very similar (Not)

The vast majority of the world's population are far too busy talking about (nothing) on their 'Priceless' mobile phones, And watching all the Soap opera 'Drivel' like 'Nobenders & Emmaroyd Farm!!Lol

They sadly really have nor the brains or the passion about Aircraft, Airports & the 'Very' few pretty ladies we have serving their beer inflight!!

No wonder the world's gone SQUARE!!

Rant Over!!

Huck
28th Apr 2009, 01:36
"Do not let us speak of darker days: let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days; these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.." Winston Churchill - October 29, 1941

lomapaseo
28th Apr 2009, 03:42
Fair point about the media, but any uncontained pandemic has the potential to kill a lot more people than that die on American roads.



Greatly agree:ok:

but did you mean the pandemic was the creation of the news by the media rather than the reporting of facts:confused:

V2-OMG!
28th Apr 2009, 03:58
Actually, it could be one bang-up of a good year for the carriers flying out of Mexico City if nine-million people decide to get the 'ell out of there.

Rwy in Sight
28th Apr 2009, 05:15
I love the flu! It moves away the bad economy news from the top of the media agenda and the top news to allow economy to function again.

Rwy in Sight

hellsbrink
28th Apr 2009, 09:43
Let the taxpayers and their families get it first.

So that would be everyone apart from the illegal immigrants then.

Guess y'all better go down to Boots and start stocking up on Tamiflu, there isn't enough stockpiled

anotherthing
28th Apr 2009, 10:36
Is one of the symptoms sweating like a pig?

OFSO
28th Apr 2009, 10:44
Gordon Brown has said he will ensure an epidemic of swine flu in the UK has minimal impact and "of all countries we are best-protected against the effects of the pandemic".

Hmmmm.....

Swap the words "epidemic" for "economic downturn" and "the pandemic" for "the recession" and his words sound hauntingly familiar.

DOOMED ! WE'RE ALL DOOMED !

Sober Lark
28th Apr 2009, 10:44
yeah.. and pigs will fly.

RJM
28th Apr 2009, 11:01
Dear Dr JB: My 15 year old nephew just grunts in response to any question. Should we be wearing surgical masks in his vicinity?

RiscOS
28th Apr 2009, 12:15
Dear RJM,

Surgical masks should be worn when within 10 feet of a 15 year old male,
whether they are grunting or not.

Dr. JB

Cheerio
28th Apr 2009, 12:32
Like many people here, I'm regularly exposed to a globally mobile public. I called my GP this morning to see if I could get a private prescription of the antiviral drug Tamiflu for me and my family and was told that to do so was contrary to guidelines. I'm sure its easily available via the web, and that will be my next stop. All I want to do is buy a course and stick it at the back of my fridge in case of a major outbreak with fatalities overloading the system locally and us developing the symptoms. Seems a bit contrary to stop people who are willing to pay from taking prudent precautions.

tony draper
28th Apr 2009, 12:43
Hmmm,been the dream of the biological weapons laboratories for years to produce a race specific virus that only offs say people with the genetic preprencity to grow silly beards ect, but why one that target people who wear big hats.
:)

treadigraph
28th Apr 2009, 12:45
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01392/2804-MATT_1392505a.gif

From the Daily Telegraph...

simon brown
28th Apr 2009, 12:59
If its gods will perhaps we could do with a few more cases in Scotland , that way the ensuing quake would level the Royal Bank of Scotland and save the taxpayer some money...

airship
28th Apr 2009, 13:15
Just heard that Camelot intend to revise Lotto jackpot payouts until the 'all-clear' is given:

"6 numbers + bonus number winners" will be able to choose between receiving immediate Tamilflu preventative treatment for the winner, immediate family and extended family members (residing within the UK only) plus a cash payout spread out over the next 20 years, OR the traditional cash-only payout payable by cheque immediately*

"5 numbers + bonus number winners" will be able to choose between receiving immediate Tamilflu preventative treatment for themselves or their immediate family. Or the traditional cash-only payout payable by cheque immediately*

NB. (* cheques may take between 7-10 days to clear, even longer if bank-workers go down with the swine-flu...) ;)

tony draper
28th Apr 2009, 13:33
Is it just me or does it seem to others there is not the mad rush of fearless news media feckwits to Mexico, that's what usually accompanies disasters earthquakes famines and such
Normally the emergency services can't get to the job for hundreds news camera teams clogging the streets of any disaster zone.
:cool:

Storminnorm
28th Apr 2009, 13:39
Now then, how many biblical horsemen of the apocalypse were there?

What's next? Famine?

Better stock up on pork sausages while they're cheap.

Tank2Engine
28th Apr 2009, 13:43
Snoutbreak '09 (http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=225152&title=snoutbreak-09-the-last-100-days) hahahaha!

Wedge
28th Apr 2009, 15:02
http://s1.b3ta.com/host/creative/60116/1240920195/piggyflue.gif

Storminnorm
28th Apr 2009, 15:21
Eat more black puddings.

OFSO
28th Apr 2009, 15:49
Eat more black puddings.

"Black pudding's very black today, mother"

"Aye, son".

Name TV show....

Anyway they also come from pigs, no?

MadsDad
28th Apr 2009, 16:00
OFSO. Brass?

(And the plural of 'Black Pudding' is 'Even MORE Black Pudding').

OFSO
28th Apr 2009, 16:05
No: "Ripping Yarns" with Michael Palin

Still think they are made out of pigs blood.

(Black puddings, not Ripping Yarns)

bekolblockage
28th Apr 2009, 16:08
So black, even the white bits were black. :ok:

GroundedSLF
28th Apr 2009, 16:19
Great way to get more space on that regular commute on the train/tube...

Step 1 - Take out mobile phone and pretend to dial a number.

Step 2 - Cough and sneeze a bit.

Step 3 - Pretend the phone has been answered and say "Hi, how are you?" - wait about 5 seconds, pretend to sneeze again and say "No, been feeling really ill for a couple of days now, Mexico was great though"...

Step 4 - No need to pretend anymore, spread out a little in the newly created space that now surrounds you.

:E

West Coast
28th Apr 2009, 16:25
And I thought all you Euro's were athiests.

OFSO
28th Apr 2009, 16:34
Really great, fried with bacon and mushrooms in French butter......

Avitor
28th Apr 2009, 16:59
WOW! That reminds me of the blackout.

When my old chap ran slap bang into a steel pole, and refused to say Excuse me.

mona lot
28th Apr 2009, 17:21
Swine flu: Ryanair's Michael O'Leary says only slum-dwellers should worry - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/swine-flu/5236731/Swine-flu-Ryanairs-Michael-OLeary-says-only-slum-dwellers-should-worry.html)

Unless you live in a slum you are alright:ok:

dead_pan
28th Apr 2009, 17:39
Swine flu: Ryanair's Michael O'Leary says only slum-dwellers should worry - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/swine-flu/5236731/Swine-flu-Ryanairs-Michael-OLeary-says-only-slum-dwellers-should-worry.html)

For a moment there I thought he was talking about his passengers. Silly me.

I see God is upping the ante with his latest earthquake in Cumbria. Perhaps his masterplan is to kill the swine flu off by cracking open Sellafield?

11Fan
28th Apr 2009, 17:50
This all sounds like a wind up for the re-release of "The Stand".

"The Stand" (1994) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108941/)

And the movie was pretty good, considering I read the book first.

frostbite
28th Apr 2009, 17:56
Love the official advice - "If you develop 'flu symptoms do not leave the house but telephone your doctor".

Who will probably tell you* to contact NHS Direct because he stopped making house calls years ago!

*except that he won't personally because you can't get past reception.

bnt
28th Apr 2009, 19:42
One factor that's not being discussed much is the incubation period of this strain. The CDC told the NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/28/health/28primer.html) that it's about a week: a person would not become infectious the minute they pick it up, but there's going to be a period of some days when they are, before symptoms appear. Another factor in its spread is the fact that symptoms are not severe in everyone who gets it. So, you could be walking around with a "cold" and infecting others. But compared to something like Ebola - which does not spread far because it is so deadly - I have to think that even a global pandemic of this 'flu will not be the end of the world.

edit: I first thought that people with a deficient immune system might be at increased risk from this 'flu, such as the HIV+, or people on immunosuppressant medication such as myself (for MS), but the evidence seems to be pointing in the opposite direction. The people who are dying are young, healthy adults, which is leading to questions about a so-called cytokine storm (http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2009/04/swine_flu_and_deaths_in_health.php) from an overactive immune system.

vanhigher
28th Apr 2009, 20:47
Tank 2 engine - thanks , haven't laughed so much for ages !!

mr fish
28th Apr 2009, 21:29
if we have a DEFCON and a PANDEMIC ALERT at the same time,
do we add or multiply to reach the required ALERT state??

oh, just realised, the uk ALERT state is "heightened",

is that counted as a half??


OR, do we subtract the states from each other??


AND, what do we do about the NEAR EARTH OBJECT ALERT status??


is it ok to panic yet:eek:

con-pilot
28th Apr 2009, 22:05
is it ok to panic yet


Ah,,,,,no, I've plenty of Scotch left.

lomapaseo
28th Apr 2009, 22:17
the re-circ filters on my jet are supposed to remove 99.9996% of all matter greater than 2 microns.


Does that also include my impure thoughts?

MadsDad
28th Apr 2009, 22:38
Ah,,,,,no, I've plenty of Scotch left.

But are the supplies of Brussels Sprouts holding out too?

BlooMoo
28th Apr 2009, 23:54
Mexico City has banned restaurants and cafes from serving all food

About f*cking time if you ask me. I've been arguing that for the last 15 years...

chksix
29th Apr 2009, 00:06
Some percentage of the pandemic death cases in mexico might show symptoms of 9mm lead poisoning. The drug lords and their gangs need a bit of deadly flu in my opinion and now the police can do some cleaning up while blaming the flu :ok: :}

con-pilot
29th Apr 2009, 00:08
But are the supplies of Brussels Sprouts holding out too?

Ah ha, I just read on the Internet (got to true if on the Internet, right?) that it is Brussels sprouts that is the real cause of this flu. :suspect:


BAN BRUSSELS SPROUTS!

BlooMoo
29th Apr 2009, 00:28
Mexico City has banned restaurants and cafes from serving all food except takeaways

except takeaways

Now there's a statement worthy of the Uk Govt (tm Blair/Brown) in terms of govt/state vs voter/sucker value.

con-pilot
29th Apr 2009, 00:49
Quote:
except takeaways

Now there's a statement worthy of the Uk Govt (tm Blair/Brown) in terms of govt/state vs voter/sucker value.

Now that's funny, I don't care what country you live in. :ok:





(And true sadly. :()

notmyC150v2
29th Apr 2009, 04:15
Noticed that the WHO is now coming out and saying that they are only aware of 7 deaths attributable to Swine Flu and denying that the number is anywhere near 150.

WHAT A TOTAL F:mad::mad::mad:ING BEATUP!!!!!

Now can we get back to discussing something of actual importance?

Low Flier
29th Apr 2009, 06:41
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01393/2904-MATTa_1393239a.gif

im from uranus
29th Apr 2009, 07:32
:D:D made i larfffff :D:D

aviate1138
29th Apr 2009, 08:41
As of this morning, Wed 29th April UK, not a single person outside Mexico has died with the cause being attributed to Swine Fever [Mexican origin].

How much more excruciating hype will the BBC and other 24 Hour "Breaking News" services keep ramming down our throats ad nauseam?

MMR vaccine, Bird Flu, Ozone hole [there never has been one!], Global Ice Cap meltdown, it just never stops.

And those buzzwords - Pandemic, Sea level rise, Ocean acidification, Tipping point, etc, etc.

peter we
29th Apr 2009, 08:54
I can now see why this topic is posted to Jetblast, I pity the mods having to read this crap.

1DC
29th Apr 2009, 09:35
Sorry, Con but you are mistaken brussels sprouts are the cure, you have to eat ten a day......

dead_pan
29th Apr 2009, 10:07
The scare mongering is almost criminal.

Look on the bright side - at least its stopped us talking about the economy. For the first time in ages there wasn't a single mention of it on the BBC news last night.

Mankind has always had a apocalypse-fixation. Something will eventually do for us all.

tony draper
29th Apr 2009, 10:15
one notes News channels camera teams and reporters are doing their bit to prevent possible spread by greeting everybody who gets off a plane from Mexico this morning.
:rolleyes:

chopper2004
29th Apr 2009, 10:16
Walking through Kings X underground yesterday afternoon around 17:30, saw tourist with mask around his face...reckoned he was mid to late 20s. Reckoned he read the papers. :ok::}

wiggy
29th Apr 2009, 10:24
"Look on the bright side - at least its stopped us talking about the economy"

Yes it has, hasn't it - talk about giving the politicians a chance to bury the bad (economic) news. Now if I was a conspiracy theorist I'd say Gordo's spin Doctors have been leaning on the media..lots of Press releases from the "Department of Elf" making sure the brave people of the UK know what a good job Gordo and his team are doing, how well the NHS is coping and how well the Tax money is being spent.......

Joking aside I'd agree that some of the coverage and headlines in the UK has been close to criminal.

bnt
29th Apr 2009, 10:35
if we have a DEFCON and a PANDEMIC ALERT at the same time,
do we add or multiply to reach the required ALERT state??

oh, just realised, the uk ALERT state is "heightened",

is that counted as a half??


OR, do we subtract the states from each other??


Since we're talking about "disease vectors", let's treat these as alert states as vectors pointing in different perpendicular directions. To find the resultant of all these, what you do is:
- square the value of each vector
- add up the squared values
- take the square root of the total.

For example, if one vector has a value of 3, and the other has a value of 4, the resultant vector has a value of 5, but goes off at a weird angle ... :8

ORAC
29th Apr 2009, 10:43
Oh God......now I am really, really worried.... :uhoh::uhoh:

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said today that the Government would take "all the action necessary" to prevent the spread of swine flu.

Speaking in the Polish capital, Warsaw, the Prime Minister insisted that Britain was well-prepared to deal with a major outbreak.

"We have been preparing for this kind of scenario for many years. Britain is among the best prepared countries in the world," he told a joint news conference with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

oldshuck
29th Apr 2009, 11:02
Just keep your eyes open for a rider on a pale horse !

Storminnorm
29th Apr 2009, 11:42
WHY do the Meeja keep on calling it SWINE flu?
I'm certain that it would be much MORE popular
if they were to call it MEXICAN flu!

Swine flu doesn't have the same "Ring" to it IMO.

Please re-title it!

dead_pan
29th Apr 2009, 12:12
ORAC - once again this has me in mind of the infallible (in his eyes) Rimmer from TV series Red Dwarf when he said "Don't worry, we're completely safe". If you're not familiar with the programme, I'm sure you can guess what happened next..

Other ideas for names? How about abbreviating it to Mexi-flu. You cannot call it Pork Flu of course - the pork lobby would be all over you like a rash (much like the disease).

frostbite
29th Apr 2009, 12:53
I have sneezed twice this morning.

Am I dying?

OFSO
29th Apr 2009, 14:07
frostbite asks us Am I dying?

Got news for you mate, yes you are and so are the rest of us. Only, on the line stretching from 00:00:00 to old age, some are further along than others.

Don't worry, your body'll know what to do when the time comes.

Just hope the Grim Reaper looks like the one from "Bill and Ted...." and not like this: YouTube - Welcome to Hell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFGrQMD6Uqc)

MagnusP
29th Apr 2009, 14:18
Am I dying?

:) <--------------- Puberty



:cool: <--------------- You are here.




:zzz: <------------------- Senility

airship
29th Apr 2009, 14:19
Supposing you were a wealthy individual, and wished to insure your investments against losses due to any (supplementary) economic downturn because of Mexican swine flu.

Would you contact AIG (the world-reknowned experts of 'pig troughs' or so I'm told), William Hill (the book-makers) or someone else...?! :8

OFSO
29th Apr 2009, 15:34
Would you contact AIG (the world-reknowned experts of 'pig troughs' or so I'm told), William Hill (the book-makers) or someone else...?!

Yes, I'd contact some of the US Industries who already own most of the pig-farms which may (or may not) have been the origin of the outbreak because of their lack of cleanliness, control etc., and ask them if they'd like to move even more businesses to Mexico where the rules and regulations applicable in the U.S. can be circumvented by passing a few well-stuffed brown envelopes to the right people, in the course of making even more profit.

Or is this me being cynical ?

Storminnorm
29th Apr 2009, 15:48
Weren't "Pork Bellies" a major mover on the World stock markets?
Or has the bottom fallen out of the trade?

Support Mexico! Shoot a tourist!

<-----------------------:oh:--senility----------------------------------------Me.

airborne_artist
29th Apr 2009, 15:52
Just back from the Doc. I have 2nd stage swine fever.







I've come out in rashers ;)

Dop
29th Apr 2009, 16:08
OFSO - I'm still hoping Death looks like the one in Neil Gaiman's Sandman.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/02/Death.jpg.

bnt
29th Apr 2009, 16:15
Weren't "Pork Bellies" a major mover on the World stock markets?
Or has the bottom fallen out of the trade?

Dunno, but I can see already the members of the US Congress queuing up for a slice of Pork Barrel spending, again. :hmm:

There are now cases in Spain, Germany and Austria, and a couple of suspects in Ireland. Whatever you say about this virus, it's definitely Virulent.

Storminnorm
29th Apr 2009, 16:20
They'll be trotting off with their pockets crackling then?

I used to be virulent once. Past caring now!

Storminnorm
29th Apr 2009, 16:48
Cabin crew in overalls,rubber gloves and respirators? Is that ALL?
Ooooh YES please. :E

Made my day!!!!

I MIGHT be back later, if I survive.

Shackman
29th Apr 2009, 18:23
I tried ringing the swine flu help line, but all I got was crackling.

ATNotts
29th Apr 2009, 18:30
What on earth is going on!!

It seams that at the tender age of 12 (in 1968) I, along with the rest of my family went down with Hong Kong Flu, the last "Pandemic; though I can't recall any mention of the word at that time.

I similarly can't recall:-

Kids "sobbing" in the school hall when told that one of their cohorts was off with flu; schools being closed for 2 weeks because of it, kids being kept of fschool by their parents, people walking the streets wearing (totally useless) facemasks etc etc etc..

What is the matter with people today, everyone from the media through politicians to joe public appears to be gripped with totally irrational fear. When are reople going to get a grip of reality - heaven only knows how they would have coped if they had to live through six years of WW2 with bombs falling all around them!!!

The media really need to take stock of what they are doing to the public mood, and politicians need to stop pandering to the media.

V2-OMG!
29th Apr 2009, 18:39
Just back from the Doc. I have 2nd stage swine fever.

I've come out in rashers http://static.pprune.org/images/smilies/wink2.gif

Hi airborne artist. Same here.

The perfect epitaph, you think?


http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL1942/12014112/21796710/362877164.jpg

dead_pan
29th Apr 2009, 18:41
I tried ringing the swine flu help line, but all I got was crackling.


When I rang, all I heard was scratching.

Incidentally, I heard the government was going to send its swine flu leaflet by email but was worried people may think it was virus-infected spam...

OFSO
29th Apr 2009, 18:41
Right, Dop, tearing myself away from the ORA:CLE I find that he considered "a young, attractive, perky Death".

Well, yes, maybe. Did she carry a scythe ?

(Germans line up over there.......behind the French)

OFSO
29th Apr 2009, 19:29
Well you can always count on the EU to do something utterly stupid - I'm sorry, I'll rephrase that - utterly brilliant.

There will now be no new cases of swine flu in Europe, since the EU has renamed it "Novel Flu".

So the US and Mexico can keep their nasty, porcine swine flu. It won't touch European shores.

I'm sure that to anyone infected with it, it will make a huge difference.

Richard Taylor
29th Apr 2009, 19:40
And the latest is that an Air France crew - ALLEGEDLY - have refused to board their aircraft, which was due to be flying....to....MEXICO!! :hmm:

And I agree with the thought that the media are making things worse through hype - just as they did with the Credit Crunch. And everything else - it's what they do.

JennyB
29th Apr 2009, 20:43
Even if it does develop into a worldwide pandemic, capitalism and pork belly futures are safe through the doublethink of changing the name....

From The Times...

1630 GMT US officials battling against a worldwide clampdown on pork exports announce that the virus will no longer be called swine flu. “We’re calling it the 2009 H1N1 flu. That’s now the name for it,” says Richard Besser, the acting head of the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention

Rollingthunder
29th Apr 2009, 20:46
It's ok, most folk don't know what the word "swine" means anyway.

Don't mention bacon

OFSO
29th Apr 2009, 21:33
Relax everyone (at least all Europeans), Swine flu has ceased to exist in Europe.

There is NO SWINE FLU in the EU any more.

Might be a problem with Novel Flu, though.

(and we taxpayers are funding these cretins.....)

G-CPTN
29th Apr 2009, 22:43
WHO's Dr Margaret Chan
Is she Dr WHO?
I think we should be told . . .

oopspff7
30th Apr 2009, 13:01
http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt63/stevied7/swineflu.jpg

Storminnorm
30th Apr 2009, 15:18
Doctor friend told me to have a LARGE brandy at first signs of
"sniffles", and repeat treatment at regular intervals until the
"sniffles" disappear.
That'll do me.

Hope Capn Drapes doesn't get infected.
He'd probably settle for Nooky Broon.

Storminnorm
30th Apr 2009, 16:19
Now you're following my reasoning. Well done.

If they're at home and feeling a bit peckish they're just forced
to go out foraging aren't they?
Therefore SPREADING it round! Irresponsible lot!

Serves 'em right for going to Mexico anyhow.
Just bl**dy Bragging rights.
"Oooh, we had a lovely month in effin Cancun"!!
Deserve all they get I reckon.

Baldur
30th Apr 2009, 16:53
http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/img/6e46/ayersminifarm/35m.jpg

Storminnorm
30th Apr 2009, 16:57
Off to Sainsburgs again. Special Offer on Pork Pies!!!

Yon' little fella obviously likes his pork RARE!!

I thought WHO was the President of China? I'm confused now.

Rollingthunder
30th Apr 2009, 17:26
I see I have a tiny bit of influeze

Storminnorm
30th Apr 2009, 17:48
They won't stay at home will they? There will be some Fiesta or
other that drags 'em all out into the street. MINGLING!!!

Bl**dy shambles I reckon!!!

Skyhigh86
30th Apr 2009, 19:43
Im quite possibly being very thick but surely isnt there a pandemic thats been sweeping the world for years; Warts And Verrucas!

No known cure, Millions infected, run for the hills:eek:

bnt
30th Apr 2009, 20:13
I've heard of two different factions that got offended by the term Swine Flu. The first was in Israel, where pigs are, well, not Kosher, and even a negative association with them is too much.

The other faction is pig farmers, particularly in the USA, who think it's a slur on their industry. This despite there being no suggestion, not even in jest, that you can catch this from eating pork. It's never been a good idea to eat raw pork - which is probably where the Bronze Age religious restrictions started - so no-one ever does that, and pork is always cured and/or cooked.

Scrubbed
30th Apr 2009, 21:16
Careful, it's pretty harsh! My uncle's not so well so please excuse the language.

You just know it won't be good but you click "PLAY" anyway... :p



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Loki
30th Apr 2009, 22:13
I`m just amazed that some eco nazi hasn`t tried to involve Global Warming in some way.

mustpost
30th Apr 2009, 22:32
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj9/mustpost/cid_3323965883_300241.jpg

Cheerio
30th Apr 2009, 22:41
http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/6715/inb4gunzse9.gif

http://www.twistedsiblings.com/gallery/albums/twisted_stickers/deliverance.gif

:ok: :}

Lon More
30th Apr 2009, 22:41
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y204/Badyin/oink.jpg

BlooMoo
30th Apr 2009, 23:43
By the time it arrives it will most probably be utterly irrelevant. Still, upside is that the CO2 generated by the manufacture and delivery of that crap (check out symptoms of swine flu) will contribute at an equally f*ck-all level to the global climate as everything else we're being fined by these cretins for.

Sorry, did I say upside? Sorry again.

BlooMoo
1st May 2009, 01:01
Airship, at the next election, vote Conservative! Go on, you know it makes sense now.;)

mocoman
1st May 2009, 02:01
Im quite possibly being very thick but surely isnt there a pandemic thats been sweeping the world for years; Warts And Verrucas!

No known cure, Millions infected, run for the hills

Yup, quite correct.

A Pandemic does not mean that civilisation falls and we all die.

However, it seems as if the word 'pandemic' has been subverted by the media to imply such a result.

So what happens if a few hundred thousand, or hundred million, people die?

There will be less journalists and TV reporters to cover the 'next big thing' with their expansive and ridiculous claims.

All good news to me.

:ok:

airship
1st May 2009, 02:03
From G-CPTN's original post (http://www.pprune.org/jet-blast/371478-swine-influenza-pandemic-phase-alert-level-5-a-7.html#post4897331) concerning the bumph that will be arriving in everyone's UK letterbowes shortly: ...WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?

There are some other useful actions you can take now to prepare in case swine flu becomes more widespread:

Set up a network of ‘flu friends’.

Flu friends are neighbours, friends and relatives who can help you if you get ill. For example, they could collect medicines, food and other supplies for you, so that you don’t have to leave home if you are ill.

So, a major preventative measure in the government's initiative will be having 'flu friends'.

But what if you're just old and don't have any friends (I regularly read about old folk who've died and their bodies are only discovered weeks or months later)?

What if you've a cat and all the neighbours hate you because it shits in their gardens (or vice-versa)?

What if your relatives / children live a long way away (having acceded to all of modern society's demands encouraged by the government) that it's quite alright that citizens move to wherever there are jobs available, cutting off children from their parents, parents from their grand-parents (and incumbent traditional duties) to the exclusive benefit of commerce (and our politicians' main source of funding)?

'Flu friends'?! Gimme a break! Just another farcical initiative to disguise the real issue: that the resources just aren't there - regardless of the huge %GDP the government raises in taxes to pay civil service salaries, pensions and perks (not forgetting paying the aids and subsidies to businesses - the real paymasters)...

It must be a joke, otherwise you'd have to lay down, cry and wait to die...?!

sprocket
1st May 2009, 10:54
Some scaremongers are saying to stock up on food in preparation for the ensuing plague. I might go one better and stock up on house paint, lawn seed, new carpet, pool water, engine oil, fertilizer ..... :*

Roger Sofarover
1st May 2009, 11:52
Corsair

So the younger you are, the stronger your immune system is, the greater the danger. This leads to the frightening scenario that if this pandemic takes hold the only people left will be us older, unfit and sickly types.

spooky, that's like that film with clive owen (I think) where there are no more children left:eek:

Edit Children of Men that was it ....imdb is your friend

racedo
1st May 2009, 11:56
Some scaremongers are saying to stock up on food in preparation for the ensuing plague. I might go one better and stock up on house paint, lawn seed, new carpet, pool water, engine oil, fertilizer ..... http://static.pprune.org/images/smilies/bah.gif

Why bother as if really hits then you could have you pick of new properties. Fact is you may be able to have the whole street.

ATNotts
1st May 2009, 18:02
I see the Scottish couple have recovered sufficiently well to sell their story to the Daily Mail, and from the report on BBC website in which they seem to be suggesting they caught it on the plane, standby for legal action against the airline, tour operator, passenger sat over the aisle from them and anyone else they think they have a chance of screwing money out of.

Of course, they wouldn't do it for the money - just out of a public spirited duty - my a**e!

tony draper
1st May 2009, 18:05
yer, at the first sniffle phone Max Clifford.:E

Ken Wells
1st May 2009, 18:27
Phoned the NHS direct hotline..............all I got was crackling!

B Fraser
1st May 2009, 22:21
I was recently in Falkirk (famous for swine flu and fark all else) and have now come down with a sore throat. I also have an inexplicable urge to go into the woods and dig for truffles. Should I be worried ?

Ken Wells
1st May 2009, 22:41
Look in the mirror if you look like John Prescot, write a will now!

mona lot
1st May 2009, 23:08
Thankyou very much Scrubbed, now I can never eat Mr Porkys Pork Scratchings ever again:{

Scrubbed
1st May 2009, 23:14
My pleasure. I can give you his phone number if you like. Or him, yours....

Scrubbed
1st May 2009, 23:18
PS: I think he's one of our captains................

f.uckshitcuntf.uckshitcuntf.uckshitcuntf.uckshitcuntf.uckshi tcuntf.uckshitcunt

Storminnorm
2nd May 2009, 14:17
God, I'm pig-sick of hearing all this guff!!!

Captain Stable
2nd May 2009, 16:46
It's not H5N1 or H1N1 you gotta watch, it's H2N3.Nahhh. C2H5OH :ooh:

Lon More
2nd May 2009, 19:55
Channel 4 news this evening reckoned it was all a storm in a teacup.

OFSO
2nd May 2009, 21:06
Exiting our DIY carpark today we stopped to speak through the passsenger window of our car to the parents of our godchildren who had unbeknownst to us (but beknownst to them) also been shopping there and were standing by their car.

After some pleasant chit-chat through the open window, P---- mentioned that his boss, with whom he works closely, had just returned from a week in Mexico.

There was a desperate grab for the window switch, as we hit it we both cried "oink oink" and drove off mol' rapido.

Don't tell me the pandemic isn't having an effect !

seamjay
2nd May 2009, 21:17
Now thats a different take :)

Link: Pooh Bear and Friends and Swine Flu (http://www.purpleslinky.com/Offbeat/Pooh-Bear-and-Friends-and-Swine-Flu-Not-for-Children.686399)

racedo
3rd May 2009, 00:13
Real danger of Swine Flu becoming an Aporkalype.

Thelma Viaduct
3rd May 2009, 02:39
3,000 kids in Africa die each day from malaria, something that can be prevented right now.

How much media air time does that get a day???

What a [email protected] up, self serving, selfish society we live in.

Dushan
3rd May 2009, 02:59
3,000 kids in Africa die each day from malaria, something that can be prevented right now.


Yes, but that is thanks to Rachel Carson, the godmother of the "green" movement, and we mustn't speak ill of her... The fish and the frogs are so much more important than the African children you know.

MReyn24050
3rd May 2009, 19:21
Two London children, aged 11 and 14, have contracted swine flu through means other than visiting Mexico, the Department of Health has confirmed.
BBC NEWS | England | London | Two schoolchildren have swine flu (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8031668.stm)

The 14-year-old is a year nine student at South Hampstead High School, an independent school, which has been closed for seven days as a precautionary measure.
Can anyone explain why they have closed the school? I very much doubt if the kids will stay at home without going out during day for those seven days. Which I would have thought has a greater chance of increasing the spread of the germ than if they went to school every day.

bnt
7th May 2009, 14:06
I have friends in Houston, and their kids were quite happy to have their schools closed last week - it's almost summer.

Another fun story: quarantine has been imposed on Afghanistan's pig (http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSTRE5444XQ20090505). That's not a typo: I mean pig. They have one (1) in the whole country, it's in a zoo, but people are worried about catching swine flu from it. :ugh:

Ken Wells
7th May 2009, 15:36
6 billion on the planet less than 100 die of swine flu, every bugger wants to wear a mask.
:mad:
Millions die from Aids, no bugger wants to wear a condom.

dead_pan
7th May 2009, 16:38
bnt

Just seen the story about the Afghan pig. Looks like its been drawing quite a crowd of on-lookers - they aren't the world's cleverest people...

bnt
7th May 2009, 16:56
Well, I presume that photo was taken before the piggie was quarantined - people aren't getting near it now.

I just figured out why there's a pig in that zoo: it means that there might still be something in the zoo after the Taliban pay a visit. :hmm:

lomapaseo
7th May 2009, 17:02
dead pan

Just seen the story about the Afghan pig. Looks like its been drawing quite a crowd of on-lookers - they aren't the world's cleverest people...

neither are we

Storminnorm
7th May 2009, 17:11
The Afghan pig? They aren't the cleverest people?

I really feel sorry for the poor little piggy wiggy.

Can we get the poor thing evacuated before the Afghans kill it???

The pig stands more chance of catching something from THEM!!!!

SAVE THE AFGHAN ONE!!!!

dead_pan
7th May 2009, 20:57
Are we saying that Afghanistan will be one of the safest place to be if there is a proper swine flu epidemic? Strange twist of fate that.

I wonder if the CIA are working on goat flu yet?

Rossian
10th May 2009, 11:27
I report (with some trepidation) that I have a much worse version of H1N1 or H2N3 or whatever.
It's -wait for it,.......... MAN swine flu! I'm only just hanging on here to get the warning out to all you chaps then I'm off to bed with Lemsip and a HUGE box of tissues.

BE AFRAID

The Ancient Mariner

OFSO
10th May 2009, 15:59
I report (with some trepidation) that I have a much worse version of H1N1 or H2N3 or whatever.
It's -wait for it,.......... MAN swine flu!

Golly Rossian....I bet all the pigs within a hundred miles of you are donning their masks ! Headlines in the Daily Trotter such as "millions of pigs may die from man-flu" and "is it a man-demic yet ?"

Ken Wells
10th May 2009, 16:24
Just seen the story about the Afghan pig. Looks like its been drawing quite a crowd of on-lookers - they aren't the world's cleverest people...

Probably Binladen in disguise

God is Great!!

Lon More
11th May 2009, 14:46
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y204/Badyin/funnies/Mexico.jpg

ORAC
12th May 2009, 23:14
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/uc/20090512/lprc090512.gif

OFSO
14th May 2009, 06:25
Just caught the tail-end of a story on local TV that Australian scientists are claiming the swine flu virus shows characteristics of being man-made and has escaped from a lab. thru human error.

If true, bet the lab wasn't in Mexico.

OFSO
14th May 2009, 06:27
Just caught the tail-end of a story on local TV that Australian scientists are claiming the swine flu virus shows characteristics of being man-made and has escaped from a lab. thru human error. Although how one would deduce that last bit I'm damned if I know.

Amelia_Flashtart
14th May 2009, 09:01
OFSO - not sure where your local tv got that from but nothing of this nature has been released by th emedia in Australia. I contacted a friend of mine who is a senior epidemioligist working on swine flu management in Oz and she asked a number of her colleagues and none of them have heard anything of that nature - and according to them it is most defintely not made in a laboratory. I would believe them over any tv report as she and her team have been studying H1N1 along with WHO representatives since it was first identified.

Let us know if you hear any more.

The team she works with are the "Australian Scientists" alluded to by the tv report you saw, so I am guessing they probably would know if they had identified it as being "man-made" in a laboratory.

ORAC
14th May 2009, 09:12
Bloomberg: Swine Flu May Be Human Error; WHO Investigates Claim (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aShZig0Cig4g&refer=home)

May 13 (Bloomberg) -- The World Health Organization is investigating a claim by an Australian researcher that the swine flu virus circling the globe may have been created as a result of human error.

Adrian Gibbs, 75, who collaborated on research that led to the development of Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu drug, said in an interview that he intends to publish a report suggesting the new strain may have accidentally evolved in eggs scientists use to grow viruses and drugmakers use to make vaccines. Gibbs said he came to his conclusion as part of an effort to trace the virus’s origins by analyzing its genetic blueprint.

“One of the simplest explanations is that it’s a laboratory escape,” Gibbs said in an interview with Bloomberg Television today. “But there are lots of others.”

The World Health Organization received the study last weekend and is reviewing it, Keiji Fukuda, the agency’s assistant director-general of health security and environment, said in an interview May 11. Gibbs, who has studied germ evolution for four decades, is one of the first scientists to analyze the genetic makeup of the virus that was identified three weeks ago in Mexico and threatens to touch off the first flu pandemic since 1968............... (more)

lomapaseo
14th May 2009, 12:38
Just caught the tail-end of a story on local TV that Australian scientists are claiming the swine flu virus shows characteristics of being man-made and has escaped from a lab. thru human error


http://fromtheflightdeck.com/MEL/Lio-1.jpg

Amelia_Flashtart
16th May 2009, 03:07
Didn't take long for WHO to totally discredit that theory:

WHO Discredits Theory That Swine Flu Was Man-Made
Posted on: Friday, 15 May 2009, 06:30 CDT

In an attempt to discredit rumors started by an Australian virologist that the swine flu was the failed product of a laboratory experiment, officials from the World Health Organization made an announcement on Thursday directly addressing the issue.

“We took this [rumor] very seriously. But the evidence suggests that this is a naturally occurring virus, not a laboratory-derived virus,” said the WHO’s deputy director general Dr. Keiji Fukuda in a telephone conference

Bloomberg also reported on this on Friday 15th. I am sure these rumours will persist - as fast as one dies another will take its place.