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US Flu Epidemic Update: All Red

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We are not epidemiology experts, but something tells us the US flu (or is that communist?) epidemic is getting worse, not better.

A week ago:


And today (from Google):

In other news, from USA Today:

Flu activity remained high in the United States through Jan. 13 but is decreasing in some areas, numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday show. Twenty-nine children have died as a result of the flu since the season's start.


Although there's no national reporting system for adult flu-related deaths, the CDC said that 8.3% of deaths reported in its 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to pneumonia and influenza. That's above the epidemic threshold of 7.2%. The rate of deaths linked to pneumonia and flu the week before was 7.3%.


Forty-eight states reported widespread geographic influenza activity, but the wave is beginning to wane in some areas, CDC said.


In other flu news, the company that makes Tamiflu, an antiviral drug used to lessen the severity of flu in those exposed to the virus, has released reserve stocks to lessen shortages in some parts of the country.


"With the addition of these reserve supplies, we anticipate having sufficient supply of Tamiflu capsules to meet demand for this flu season," spokeswoman Tara Iannuccillo said.


The liquid form of the drug, given to children because they can't easily swallow pills, has been difficult to find. Genentech, of South San Francisco, has worked with the Food and Drug Administration to get more 75-milligram capsules of the drug on the market in the United States, Iannuccillo said. Pharmacists can mix the contents of the capsules with a sweet liquid to make a drug that children can easily take.

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Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:15 | 3166795 francis_sawyer
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Be sure to only get 'Gates~Buffett Foundation' approved immunization...

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:24 | 3166840 Azannoth
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Bill Gates on population control through immunization [4:00 min] (!?)

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:30 | 3166877 MillionDollarBonus_
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This is a result of America's total ignorance of all the healthy products available out there. I'm now a full-time Herbalife distributor. If any of you want to see  the fantastic products that herbalife has to offer, please PM me. It's so cool to be able to spread these awsome products and spread the Michelle Obama health revolution!

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:32 | 3166888 camaro68ss
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o god, kill me now....

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:43 | 3166921 francis_sawyer
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No ~ MDB is right...


Chewbacca developed a fascinating new okra strand that 'grows itself' in the WH rose garden... It requires NO WATERING or CARE while you're on a trip to the Alhambra~Spain with 2 dozen of your BFF's during peak okra growing season... When you return, it harvests itself & magically jumps into & packages itself into cutsie little robin egg blueTiffany boxes [while you're in Martha's Vineyard]... So that when you return from your ever so tiring diplomacy world tour, you can present them to foreign dignitaries wives at a State dinner...

She deserves a Nobel Prize in horticulture...

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:43 | 3166946 TuesdayBen
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Ol' Tuesday Ben woke up at 3am this morn feeling *awful*... lots of projectile vomiting since, and fever... no way I'm getting out of the house today

Pretty sure I got this flu... Needless to say, burgers don't taste as good in reverse.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 17:00 | 3167388 quintago
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You think China is white because they don't report. But they're really fudging the flu numbers too!

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 18:02 | 3167621 knukles
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I gotta tel y'all, I'm not convinced there's any significant flu epidemic this year any more than the last several, for each and every time we gots a problem of communication:

Fucking Crying Wolf

Talk about a Credibility Trap

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 19:15 | 3167819 Umh
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I keep hearing about it, but everyone I know doesn't have the flu.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 20:23 | 3167962 Enslavethechild...
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I deal with tens of thousands of people. Not one of them has the flu. Google is main stream media and uses fear tactics relentlessly.

 Plus who know's what their motives are for wanting to inject objects into our bodies. When was the last time the government did something that was actually in your best interests?


Fri, 01/18/2013 - 21:08 | 3168067 Raymond K Hessel
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You'll have to hold me down before I'd take a flu shot.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 23:43 | 3168281 The Second Rule
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Lot of paranoia and disinformation coming at people from many different directions....Let's just look at the facts.

H5N1: This is the scary fucking badass. Highly pathogenic, highly mutagenic Arguably much worse than ebola. Ebola is too good at its job. It has a case fatality of up to 90% but kills its host too quickly so outbreaks are contained to small regions. H5N1 has a mortality rate of more than 50%, but, is able to infect many more people because it's an airborne virus whereas ebola is only transmitted through bodily fluids. OR so we thought. New evidence that just emerged in 2012 shows there is now an aairborne form of ebola. Anyway, the main takeaway is there is no H5N1 pandemic so there is no, I repeat NO, H5N1 vaccine. There are some experimental vaccines in progress but they are still undergoing trials.

H1N1, H1N2 and H3N2 comprise the human influenza virus. This is your basic seasonal flu. When you go to CVS or Wal*Mart this is the shot you get. The seasonal flu shot does not, repeat DOES NOT, protect you against H5N1 (source CDC). The Hong Kong Flu killed 4 million people worldwide (34,000 in the United States) in 1968. Currently, 36,000 people die every year in the US from seasonal flu. No picnic but a basket of fruit compared to a full blown H5N1 outbreak which would kill over half of all people infected. So if you want to play Flu-shot roulette the odds are in your favor. But that's your call. Now you know the odds.

Tamiflu: Again there is no vaccine for H5N1, but, there is some evidence that taking Tamiflu shortly after you become infected may inhibit the spread of the virus, but to be clear, it is no guarantee that you will not become infected. There is no reliable evidence that Tamiflu will prevent an outbreak. nevertheless,  the WHO has stockpiled about 3 million courses of Tamiflu to be used in the event of an H5N1 outbreak.

Postscript:  An H5N1 outbreak is inevitable. Maybe not this year, maybe not next year, but it will occur. Nature doesn't let you stay lucky forever. Ron Fouchier successfully created an airborne strain in the lab and then successfully repeated the test 10 times. He said it was probably one of the most dangerous viruses you can make. And that's saying something.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 16:39 | 3169383 TheInformed
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Well this is just unacceptable.




29 children died senselessly because of our archaic and out-of-date laws.  


The Doctors will proctect us!

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 17:45 | 3169514 MedTechEntrepreneur
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Sounds like a good way for TPTB to reduce the future outyears cost of medicare. Knock off 50% of the population.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 00:16 | 3168383 Anusocracy
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There is about a 5% chance of dying from the flu compared to the 1940s.


Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:45 | 3166952 trav777
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so yer basically sayin TNB?

Who the hell has the flu; I've heard nothing about it.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 18:07 | 3167637 tekhneek
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Get the flu shot they said. Protect yourself from the flu they said.


Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:50 | 3166961 BLOTTO
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My name is Robert Neville.  (Anagram: Let Evil Reborn)


I am a survivor living in New York City.


I am broadcasting on all AM frequencies. I will be at the South Street Seaport everyday at mid-day, when the sun is highest in the sky.


If you are out there...

if anyone is out there...

I can provide food, I can provide shelter, I can provide security.

If there's anybody out there... anybody... please.

You are not alone.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 15:48 | 3167214 Freddie
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Anagram for:

Molon Labe


Don't Try To Take My F***ng Gold

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 21:55 | 3168162 CPL
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Scopolamine is a hell of a drug.



Fri, 01/18/2013 - 17:58 | 3167598 DYS
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Doesn't boiled okra remind you of Jizz?

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 17:59 | 3167608 knukles
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Could you expand upon that for us?

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 22:56 | 3168269 akak
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Are you speaking of texture, or flavor?

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 17:59 | 3167604 knukles
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francis, you are one seriously crazy up the creek without a paddle in trouble motherfucker...

(the Lizards are going to take exception that they still portrayed dwell hunched over tending gardens)

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 20:40 | 3168008 Dr. Sandi
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She deserves a Nobel Prize in horticulture...

I believe it was Dorothy Parker who commented on this situation, way ahead of her time.

"You can lead a whore to culture, but you can't make her think."

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 22:50 | 3168254 Chuck Walla
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o god, kill me now....

Trust me, Obama and our betters have that in mind. The world is for those who deserve it... and their staff.


Sat, 01/19/2013 - 03:31 | 3168523 prains
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please god please

pull what's left of your foreskin over your head and suffocate yourself

oh the humanity

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:33 | 3166892 cifo
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You spread a lot.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:39 | 3166919 Dr. Engali
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My only regret is that I have but one arrow up (and one coffee sprayed computer screen ) to give you. Herbalife distributor...too fucking funny.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 17:43 | 3167547 Rogue Trooper
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The return of the MDB... A Jedi Master of Sarcasm is he.

Thanks for the time lost cleaning up the coffee from my keyboard :/

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:39 | 3166920 IridiumRebel
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You are a King amongst men, sir.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:43 | 3166945 BLOTTO
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Aldous Huxley, 1959.


“And it seems to me perfectly in the cards that there will be within the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing … a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda, brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods.”

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 15:01 | 3167029 mt paul
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just raise the limits

on their credit cards ..

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 16:26 | 3167321 Drachma
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Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience."


Fri, 01/18/2013 - 18:10 | 3167650 knukles
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Mayhaps why so many with long periods in, hard worked, practiced 12 step programs are amongst those frightened the most by the future, having seen it clearly and even at times almost wish for recapturing of the blue pill continuum.
Once gone, never returned, no escape.  As deadly as addictions, distractions, mental and spiritual bankruptcies.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 15:03 | 3167038 Rockatanski
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how about just washing your frakkin hands and stop picking your nose? that might help, um'kay.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 15:35 | 3167177 formadesika3
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Nah, that won't help. I been steady tweakin ever since I heard about this flu threat.


{Just kidding, DEA.}

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 15:28 | 3167145 Taint Boil
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 I'm now a full-time Herbalife distributor.

Dude, I'm at work and I can't be laughing out loud ...... bad enough I'm on Zero Hedge when it isn't my normal scheduled break time. 

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 15:55 | 3167237 Bandit und Buster
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That's great but there's a much easier and LESS EXPENSIVE way to stay healthy... LYPO-SPHERIC VITAMIN C (nanotechnology)

See www.thegreenpharmacy.com  

Also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrhkoFcOMII 

Cured this New Zealand farmer of Swine flu, but the doctors & hospital HATED him for it!

Known to cure Dengue fever in 3 days, cost of treatment - $10.00 

Also can be made at home for pennies / dose  Who woulda thunk it?


Fri, 01/18/2013 - 17:36 | 3167521 gratefultraveller
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Elderberry preparations not only stimulate immune activity, but also directly inhibit the influenza virus by disarming the virus of its ability to invade healthy cells and multiply there.  This is especially noteworthy because although the influenza virus mutates every year, its means of penetrating cells (and using them to make copies of itself) remains largely the same.  So while flu shots need to be created each and every year, Elderberry will acts effectively throughout these mutations.


Fri, 01/18/2013 - 19:49 | 3167886 Henry Hub
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Isn't an elderberry something like a dingleberry?

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 21:09 | 3168068 Bohm Squad
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It's much, much worse.  But not as bad as kefir!  I know, I drink both each and every day.


...and still got the flu this year!

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 11:10 | 3168697 HedgeCock
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You mean dingleberries and kefir??  Boy, you are brave.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 21:12 | 3168075 Dr. Sandi
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Elderberry = vintage dingleberry.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 21:59 | 3168171 CPL
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pre masticated elderberry = dingleberry.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 22:38 | 3168235 BooMushroom
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Pretty sure that's POST-masticated...

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 17:59 | 3167605 geoffb
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Everything you do is art.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 21:37 | 3168128 Dr. Sandi
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That's why I do my 'art' in buckets now. Never know when I might be handed a government grant.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 18:34 | 3167733 SokPOTUS
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I'll trade ya a carton of Amway shit...

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:49 | 3169266 MeelionDollerBogus
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Dammit, the algo-socializing trick is working, the +green's are out-numbering the -red's for no good reason. Humour is NOT a good reason to +1 the MDB algo_beast.

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