Swine Flu: you wouldn’t want to bet on it

Thanks to Renata Avila of Global Voices for the link to this Swine Flu Map from Health Map.

Intrade also have a new Future Trading market: How many cases of the A/H1N1 Swine Flu will be confirmed in the United States?

It’s a bit like betting on the black death.

Kevin Rennie


39 Responses

  1. I was going to make a comment but I can feel a sneezing fit coming on………..



    Nothin’ like a good sneeze to clear the head………………. or should I say snout.

  2. Pigs might fly.

  3. Was just reading that there is only 1 mask at the chemist at Bribie Island and they’re selling it for $8.00. Perhaps they could hold a raffle?

  4. That futures trading market is just the pits. Says it all about the current state of Capitalism, really. Disgusting.

    What a bunch of useless tossers.

    You’d reckon they’d have something better to do with their time and money, but no, when there’s a buck to be made, trust the good old Market to come-up with a way of doing it on the back of someone else’s dreadful misfortune.

    I hope that if and when the carts begin to roll to the sound of the age-old chant of “bring out your dead”, the first stiffs on the pile will be those wankers betting on casualty numbers.

  5. World Health Organisations report this morning is a relief to all the doom media outlets crap they have been spinning. world death toll 7

    Mexico in lock down, about 30% of the population has taken steps like face masks and flu tablets(thats not all of mexico as reported).

    The flu is spread by droplets and isnt airborne as previuosly reported. The old and young report was very dodgy at best in the early stages

    Damn it, there should be something to panic about everyday, i feel let down

  6. I smell rodent droppings in all this. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexican truckers were supposed to gain access to the lucrative US and Canadian transport market in a few weeks time. Those well-heeled kings of the American transport sector have been running a loud campaign against supposedly “unsafe” Mexican trucks being allowed on American roads.

    Now, with all this beaten-up hysteria, there’s one more way to demonstrate how unsafe and unreliable those damn Mexicans are. And give the US Govt a popular reason to decline to honour its NAFTA commitments. Cynical, maybe, but it is also plausible.

  7. Mark lately when it comes to the USA i am always willing to listen to a new view.
    The USA have earnt that.

    with shame so have we. There is no world power as we all act with greed.

    (i need more alcohol)

  8. It’s funny (in the strange sense) but I just don’t know what to think about this. The threat level has been raised to 5 (out of 6) and it has reached that very quickly. How serious is this? Does anyone here have any insight into WHO threat levels? How high did SARS or bird flu get?

  9. James

    Completely agree. I am sceptical as well.

  10. What, only eight confirmed deaths?

    Gee, I just sank a heap of cash in to designer face masks!

    If this does not eventuate I’ll be stuck with the ‘Crapperville Collection’.

    Wait a minute…if I can reconfigure the straps they could be designer codpieces.

    And who said I was not a man of vision?

  11. Sceptic over here.

    What are the symptoms of swine flu in humans?
    The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

  12. Shane, I’m not sceptical, I just don’t know. I hope it’s not a “cry wolf” type scenario, because I think that sort of thing led to many deaths in the bushfires.

  13. Can I order an extra large, scaper? Oh – who am I kidding. 😉

  14. Epidemic of Fear

    The swine flu of 2009 requires thoughtful, disciplined, informed and coordinated responses — but, wow, that first five- or six-day wave of sensational speculation fed by sketchy reports, iffy statistics and emotionally arresting pictures of Mexican children wearing surgical masks…This time, we’re to fear Mexicans and Mexican products. Fearing Texans and New Yorkers may be the next phase, since school kids in those states have contracted the illness.

  15. James

    I remain sceptical. I am sceptical but not alarmed 🙂

  16. There is an inherit danger with this pathogen but that danger may be a bit overrated as with all things media driven. The real danger is in the possibility of this thing “mutating” into a more virulent strain…..This would be the worst case scenario, not the “bug” in its current form…..

  17. Just heard that my travel for next week to SE Asia has been put on hold due to swine flu. And one of the reasons given is that flights will start to be grounded by international arline next week.

  18. joni

    Should I start being alarmed now ?

  19. Just wondering..could this extreme caution re a swine virus be something to do with pigs and humans having genetic similarities. Any biologists on board?

  20. Shane, check the fridge magnet…

  21. Good question there Min

  22. ok joni that has flown straight over my head. I am a simpleton you know.

  23. shane – remember the terrorist magnet that was for the fridge… I wonder if we will get a bacon flavoured one now.

  24. Bacon yum,

    Will it be a scratch and sniff, or lick and taste.

  25. Crispy or floppy?

  26. joni, I’ll reply to your comment at the other thread due to respect for James.

    I’m not scared of being on Reb’s side as my designer codpieces can be reversed to protect my chastity.

    I’m working on another use for the codpieces, it involves reverse codpiece and maggots.

    I think I’ll call it the ‘Crapperville Enema Therapy’.

    Another one of my visions will be the Crapperville Health Spa…might have to sell franchises.

  27. LOL scaper!

  28. I call dibs on the blogocrap franchise, after all, that is what reb and I do produce on this blog – crap!

  29. There are some genuinely worrying immunological concerns about the flu but, at this point in time, I’m more concerned about profiteering by big pharma and health services firms.

    To put the numbers in context:

    Just under 1 billion people died of ‘natural’ causes around the world in the past nine years, according to the World Health Organisation.

    On average 5000 people die every day in car accidents around the world, according to the World Health Organisation.

  30. Should the democratic West start a ‘war’ on evil cars?

  31. Most of the previously reported swine influenza cases recovered fully from the disease without requiring medical attention and without antiviral medicines. . . .

    Do we still need to wash our hands?

  32. No we are all clean. i guess you can lick me to strenghten that.

    Im joking i ony want to be licked by (i suddenly have a list)

  33. Lol aqua. (The boat sounds impressive. Any chance of a cruise?)

  34. Tony i worked hard to earn a floating dick ruler.

    Have you not heard i take a few people out but only i return.

  35. Oh. On second thoughts, I think I have an appointment that day.

  36. lol Tony. I realise because its you i’ll make an extra effort.

  37. Swine flu may be less potent than first feared

    The swine flu outbreak that has alarmed the world for a week now appears less ominous, with the virus showing little staying power in the hardest-hit cities and scientists suggesting it lacks the genetic fortitude of past killer bugs. President Barack Obama even voiced hope Friday that it may turn out to be no more harmful than the average seasonal flu.

    Well there’s a shock.

  38. Tony, I watched Obama on TV this morning.

    No shrill or propogating fear, just a cool headed approach from a man who is clearly a genuine leader.

    Go wash your hands as we need to be instructed to, because we are the great unwashed!

  39. The only one pig in Afghanistan is under arrest.

    I think the pig should be worried.


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