Since the end of the Cold War we have been the lucky recipients of continual bad news. It is by keeping us in a constant state of fear the news media can keep up watching, the government can get things done and the companies can peddle their catastrophe-averting products.
Have you ever seen something like this on TV, “Does your child’s bedroom contain something that could kill him? What everyday household item is causing the deaths of young children. Be sure to watch our special airing next week about what you can do to save your child’s life”? Ok, bit of an exaggeration, but not that much. If the story was designed to save lives, wouldn’t they just come right and say what the problem was? Of course they would. But that is not the point of the story. The point of the story is to sell adverstising time which equals money.
So, with things like H1N1 we have experts telling us two different stories. It’s hard to know what to believe. I do admit I am extremely hesitant to get any sort of shot that is being coordinated through the Science Czar, John Holdren (the guy who thinks forced sterilization is ok.) We’ll just highlight some of the stories that are causing alarm and try to follow them to see if they pan out.