April 28, 2009

Waiting for that Horse Thing

The boys got in the car yesterday and I said, "Hey, did they talk about the Swine Flu in school?"

Ringo, sitting shotgun, said, "No, what's that?"

Me: It's a new flu going around. I figured 'current event', they'd mention it in science or something.

Ringo: Are you kidding me? SWINE flu?

Me: Oh yeah. The media's all over it. The pandemic to end all pandemics.

Ringo, rolling his eyes: First there was the cow thing, then the chicken thing, now a pig thing.

Me: *blink*

Ringo:

Me: Cow thing? Chicken thing?

Ringo: Yeah, you know, mad cow disease... everyone was going to die from it. Then that bird flu thing that started with chickens. Everyone was going to die from it.

Me: Oh. Crap. You're right...

Ringo: Now a pig thing. We're all going to die from it. Next is some horse thing. Some horse flu. "Watch out for the horses!!!"

And boy, talk about out of the mouth of babes. He is right. In his 14 years, this is the third health issue where we were all going to die.

Now don't get me wrong. When it comes to Mad Cow... I'm not playing with that one. To me, that is VERY real. I try to buy only organic ground beef. My sister in law and one of her kids won't eat a hamburger at all and they mostly stay away from all beef. But the fact remains, we were ALL GOING to get it... and even though I'm very well aware, and to be honest, may actually give up beef over it... my son has a point.

We're not all keeling over of brain disease. My issue with giving up beef is with the beef industry and what we've been doing is very very wrong. Plus, it's not that great for your heart... I would really be OK, living on fish.

So... be afraid of the Horses. They're next.

Meanwhile, onto who gets the award today for what I consider probably some of the most irresponsible journalistic reporting, my very own local paper, which has pissed me off enough now, I may actually cancel my subscription.

This was today's front page.

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If you read further down, you will find in the article that we don't ACTUALLY have ANY cases in Florida... but they know they're there and are going to find them.

Nice.

How is that for sensationalism?

Tomorrow's headline will read, "Bring out your dead!"

Meanwhile, I'm reading everywhere that tourism to Mexico from America is down due to the Swine Flu.

OK.

Help me out here.

There has been a State Department Travel Alert to all Americans concerning travel to Mexico due to violence and crime. It says things like this, "U.S. citizens who believe they are being targeted for kidnapping or other crimes should notify Mexican officials and the nearest American consulate or the Embassy as soon as possible, and should consider returning to the United States."

The thought of being kidnapped, killed during crossfire, or having one's self injured during some other crime in Mexico was not enough to deter Americans from travel to Mexico.

The thought of never leaving Mexico due to lead in the head because of kidnappings or drug wars was not enough to keep people from traveling there as of late.

But Swine Flu did it.

Folks... that boggles my mind. I wouldn't travel to Mexico after the increased violence was reported... Swine Flu has nothing on lead in my book. I can fight the frickin' Swine Flu.

I absolutely CANNOT fight a bullet to the head.

Just my thoughts. Feel free to clarify if I've missed something...

Posted by Boudicca at April 28, 2009 07:28 AM
Comments

Pretty sad when a 14 year old is able to point out the obvious that all the "experts" and "professionals" seem to miss.

Then again, he's not making any money off his observations.

Posted by: diamond dave at April 28, 2009 09:55 PM

Not worried until it gets here. I have enough drama in my life without that worry as well. I do find it funny that he pointed out all the different 'animal' health issues. Oh... the public school super called and left a message last night how you should cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and how you should wash your hands. I am NOT kidding. Sigh.

Posted by: vw bug at April 29, 2009 05:24 AM

Dave- I know. And you know, it's not that I don't think it's a serious issue, but I think the flu EVERY year is a serious issue. I'm just being driven a bit wonky that it's being so sensationalized.

Do you know, this is actually to all my readers, that flu season was SO BAD this year at our school, that one day, nearly 1/3 of the school was out sick on ONE DAY. By the end of the season, EVERY kid in the school had had the flu... including mine. Flu shot or not... everyone got this strain. The vaccine hadn't covered it.

VW- You mean... common sense? Wash your hands? Like... before you eat every meal, after you use the restroom, and every time you cough or sneeze? Like... OMG! People are so damn dumb.

While they're at it, they need the janitorial staff at every school making sure the school desks are cleaned solidly every day as well. It wouldn't hurt if every kid had to clean there desk with a wipe before class started... take the first 5 minutes as they settle in. God Forbid should we ever clean those frickin' desk petri dishes.

Posted by: bou at April 29, 2009 05:39 AM

Dave- I know. And you know, it's not that I don't think it's a serious issue, but I think the flu EVERY year is a serious issue. I'm just being driven a bit wonky that it's being so sensationalized.

Do you know, this is actually to all my readers, that flu season was SO BAD this year at our school, that one day, nearly 1/3 of the school was out sick on ONE DAY. By the end of the season, EVERY kid in the school had had the flu... including mine. Flu shot or not... everyone got this strain. The vaccine hadn't covered it.

VW- You mean... common sense? Wash your hands? Like... before you eat every meal, after you use the restroom, and every time you cough or sneeze? Like... OMG! People are so damn dumb.

While they're at it, they need the janitorial staff at every school making sure the school desks are cleaned solidly every day as well. It wouldn't hurt if every kid had to clean there desk with a wipe before class started... take the first 5 minutes as they settle in. God Forbid should we ever clean those frickin' desk petri dishes.

Posted by: Bou at April 29, 2009 05:40 AM

Ringo cracks me up.

I just saw a headline about the FIRST death in the US from Swine flu - a 23 month old. *sigh* But if you continue to read down... they tell you NOTHING about the child. NOTHING at all. Rumor has it that the child was Mexican and brought to Houston from Mexico for treatment when he/she became ill. Heaven knows they won't tell us anything if they can use it to keep people in their place.

Between HIPAA and the government wanting to keep us in a state of panic ("never let a good crisis go to waste"). It's becoming more and more difficult to listen to this crap with a straight face.

ARG!

Posted by: Teresa at April 29, 2009 08:40 AM

I was watching our local news yesterday and they were talking about (you guessed it) Swine Flu and pre-cautions you should take.

They were talking with a "medical expert" and he said that it's extra important to remember to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. And our reporter asked why is it more important to cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze with the swine flu as opposed to just the regular flu.

Almost wet myself from laughing.

I just want to scream it's the flu, the freaking flu. That's all, nothing more deadly about this then the regular flu, it's just a strain that came from an animal and now human to human.

And with a confirmed death in the US now I am not even going to turn the TV on today, it's going to be horrible watching the news.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at April 29, 2009 08:44 AM

"Feel free to clarify if I've missed something..."

Nope - I think you have summed up the way *I* feel about it quite nicely. The whole OMG - we're all going to DIE!! Is just so old... And ridiculous.

Posted by: Richmond at April 29, 2009 03:05 PM

How funny...we're on the same page without even knowing it...http://www.foodndrink.blogspot.com/

Posted by: The Friendly Neighborhood Piper at April 29, 2009 03:11 PM

Swine Flu?

I thought we were all going to die from Global Warming?

Is there some sort of "overblown panic" thread on Twitter that I can subscribe to? I gotta get current!

Posted by: Harvey at April 29, 2009 11:19 PM