Although studies actually show that the annual deaths in the United States directly the result of influenza, the “flu”, are at most around 500, we all keep hearing from “credible” sources, credible to the extent that any organization that relies on inducing lobotomized compliance with the global vaccine polices of the world’s fascist health organizations and the America transnational pharma industry, that the numbers are in the 250,000-500,000 range yearly on a global scale with a range of 3,000-25,000 in the United States. An estimate that uses a much longer time frame, including more recent flu seasons, from 1976 to 2007, has found an average of 23,607 deaths. At least so say the “credible” sources. Clearly, the Spanish Flue outbreak of 1918 was severe by any possible standards, but as the old Virginia Slim’s commercial intoned, we have indeed come a long way baby. ( See the study below on the reality of flu deaths in America-before you get that shot)
It can be expected that there will be more Ebola infections in the United States and other non-African nations. It is also hard to imagine that the mass media will constrain their enthusiasm for the pandemic as it rages across America or doesn’t, it matters little.
It is also hard to imagine that the American people will not be radically more susceptible to over react than to the very remote chances of actually contracting the virus. Regardless, our government may use the Ebola virus as an excuse to impose further invasive policies and restrictions on Americans travel, and other personal freedoms. It is also a very real possibility that the outbreak of Ebola on U.S. soil will result in economic dislocations, potentially rather severe if we see a case outside of Texas.
The one thing I can adamantly state, however, is this: Do not trust anything we are told about the disease in America from the government or the CDC. They lie. They lie a lot. And, no matter how unsettling it is, they do not care about you.
For the moment, our top public health officials are quite adamant that there absolutely will not be a major Ebola outbreak in the United States. But what if they are wrong? Or what would happen if terrorists released a form of weaponized Ebola or weaponized smallpox in one of our major cities? What would such an event do to our economy? I think that we can get some clues by looking at the economic collapses that are taking place in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone right now. When an extremely deadly virus like Ebola starts spreading like wildfire, the fear that it creates can be even worse for a society than the disease. All of a sudden people don’t want to go to work, people don’t want to go to school and people definitely don’t want to go shopping. There are very few things that can shut down the economy of a nation faster. Considering the fact that our big banks are being more reckless than ever, we better hope that we don’t see a “black swan event” such as a major Ebola outbreak come along and upset the apple cart. Because if that does happen, our Ponzi scheme of an economy could implode really quick.
Don’t Panic About Ebola—and Don’t Panic About People Panicking Either – Hit & Run : Reason.com
When the news broke yesterday that a man in Dallas had been diagnosed with Ebola, my colleague Ron Bailey delivered the news with some sensible advice: “Don’t Panic!” He had plenty of company. Politico published a story headlined “Ebola’s here: Don’t panic.” The Los Angeles Times explained “why you don’t need to panic,” and Business Insider told us “Why You Shouldn’t Panic.” Salon, uncharacteristically cautious, said “there’s (probably) no reason to panic.” And in Ebola’s new home, The Dallas Morning News ran an item headlined “Why a positive Ebola test in Dallas is no cause for panic.” I could go on, but you get the picture: The press is filled with people who don’t want you to panic.
For the record, I don’t want you to panic either. Even if I thought Ebola was going to spark a public health crisis in America, I wouldn’t tell you to panic. Panic is always a bad idea, pretty much by definition. You shouldn’t do it.