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Pig flu - end of the world or absolute twaddle?

PostPosted by crooked » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:28 am

I don't know what to make of it all really.

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Re: Pig flu - end of the world or absolute twaddle?

PostPosted by jeff wode » Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:40 pm

just another media driven end of the world story. im surprised we're all still here to be killed by swine flu. werent we all supposed to have been wiped out by aids, bse/cjd, foot and mouth, sars/bird flu, etc etc etc, not that its not a serious story, but ffs, youd think the world had already ended. best bet is to ignore the news and the tabloids.
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PostPosted by McFuck » Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:27 am

no pigs in my 'hood - wake me when the cat flu strikes!
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Re: Pig flu - end of the world or absolute twaddle?

PostPosted by Lostat » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:26 am

I work in medical research and usually its a big steaming pile of media hype. I had to laugh when the news last night reported that 8 people WORLDWIDE had died of it (so this number includes those in countries & regions where access to treatment might be much more difficult). Shock! Horror! So that's 8 deaths out of how many infected? 8 people out of what? Around 6 billion people in the world.

Sure its a nasty form of flu, but not worthy of the media hype. But then again, since when has the facts ever got in the way of a good front page story that sells papers and improves television news ratings.
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PostPosted by Withwine and I » Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:22 pm

Don't ask me, I'm still in bed with SARS.
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PostPosted by Silage Heap » Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:42 pm

Next I think bird flu will join with swine flu to make FLYING PIG flu.
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Re: Pig flu - end of the world or absolute twaddle?

PostPosted by crooked » Fri May 01, 2009 2:28 am

I heard that most other countries call Bird Flu Exotic Newcastle disease. I can't think why we don't.
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PostPosted by McFuck » Fri May 01, 2009 3:37 am

Lostat wrote:I work in medical research and usually its a big steaming pile of media hype. I had to laugh when the news last night reported that 8 people WORLDWIDE had died of it (so this number includes those in countries & regions where access to treatment might be much more difficult). Shock! Horror! So that's 8 deaths out of how many infected? 8 people out of what? Around 6 billion people in the world.

Sure its a nasty form of flu, but not worthy of the media hype. But then again, since when has the facts ever got in the way of a good front page story that sells papers and improves television news ratings.


I would have to agree with you. I'm tired of hearing about it. Wake me when it kills a billion.
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PostPosted by crooked » Fri May 01, 2009 3:52 am

Right now I am still ambivalent about it. On the one hand I see that it is just a non-story being fed by the eager media but part of me has swallowed their buillshit and is terrified.

Really I am just waiting for people (real people who aren't ancient or babies) to start dying in the UK. If that starts happening I am locking my doors and drinking myself to death. Also shitting bricks.
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Re: Pig flu - end of the world or absolute twaddle?

PostPosted by Silage Heap » Fri May 01, 2009 2:32 pm

apparently this virus mainly affects young people with healthy immune systems. Somehow. So the obvious answer is: don't eat fruit or vegetables, live on a heavy diet of fast food and drugs and drink yourself to the verge of serious liver damage. Also avoid sunlight and fresh air. That way your immune system will be severely weakened and you'll be safe from pig flu. Hurrah!
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PostPosted by The Purveyor » Fri May 01, 2009 2:39 pm

Isn't bird flu what you get off your girlfriend?
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PostPosted by McFuck » Sat May 02, 2009 2:37 am

The Purveyor wrote:Isn't bird flu what you get off your girlfriend?


unless your girlfriend is a pig
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Re: Pig flu - end of the world or absolute twaddle?

PostPosted by jeff wode » Sun May 03, 2009 1:23 pm

The US Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation have today issued a joint alert regarding the continuing spread of H1N1-variant swine flu.

Laboratory tests carried out in Mexico City on bodies of confirmed flu victims have revealed that a virulent new strain of the virus has evolved, showing signs of having merged with the H5N1 variant, known as "bird flu". Sources say that this new strain, "flying pig flu", could kill between 0.001 and 99.9% of the global population at some point in the next 3 minutes to 900 years, depending on variables such as whether people die or not. Reports from Scotland today confirmed that two people have contracted the disease, and are in a stable condition at home with a mug of Lemsip and a blanket.

Shares in DIY store chains Homebase and B&Q were up sharply on the day following reports of panic buying of flimsy cardboard face masks by credulous morons, and Andrew Witty, the Chief Executive of GlaxoSmithKline, was seen rubbing his hands together and laughing hysterically following news that the Government intended buying up, at a vastly inflated price, the company's remaining stocks of its unproven and almost certainly useless flu vaccine.

Despite assurances from hundreds of clever, educated medical professionals that there really is nothing to worry about, the news media continued to spout off like a hyperactive manic depressive, with headlines such as "DEADLY PIG FLU SWEEPS THE WORLD", "PANDEMIC TO DESTROY LIFE AS WE KNOW IT" and "F*CK ME, WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!"

The Society for Hippies and Allied Vegetablists issued a press release claiming that strict adherents of a vegetarian diet would be immune to the disease, thus proving once and for all that an all-vegetable diet really does have a causal link with smug ignorance, and man with a big bushy beard and a hook for a hand shouted at anyone within earshot that Muslims would be spared due to their refusal to eat pork, while the pig-munching heretics of the West would surely perish in the cleansing fire of blah blah blah. He was ignored.

The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, fresh from being snubbed by the President of Pakistan and desperate for something, anything, to divert the public's attention away from his humiliating climb-down over MPs' expenses, stated that his prudent decision - to inoculate himself, his family, his friends, several of his more loyal cabinet ministers, and the man who fixes his laser printers - had been the right decision, contrasting with the Tories who, he said, would have "done nothing", then mumbling something meaningless about "hard working families". When challenged that it would be grasping, evil-minded, self-interested politicians and civil servants, and the indolent, feckless, workshy underclass who would benefit from a state-funded inoculation programme, Mr. Brown threw a passing Damian McBride at the questioner and escaped in the ensuing expletive-filled confusion.

Meanwhile, most people in the UK just got on with their lives, and thousands of poor people in Africa and such like continued to die from malaria and AIDS
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Re: Pig flu - end of the world or absolute twaddle?

PostPosted by McFuck » Sun May 03, 2009 5:41 pm

jeff wode wrote:
Meanwhile, most people in the UK just got on with their lives, and thousands of poor people in Africa and such like continued to die from malaria and AIDS


The US too. I have yet to meet or even hear of one sick person in my limited circle of friends. It's all bullshit, er, pigshit?
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