Monday, October 31, 2005

Rummy flu

F. William Engdahl on the current bird flu scam (or here):

"Tamiflu was developed and patented in 1996 by a California biotech firm, Gilead Sciences Inc. Gilead is a NASDAQ (GILD) listed stock company which prefers to maintain a low profile in the current rush to Tamiflu. That might be because of who is tied to Gilead. In 1997, before he became US Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld was named Chairman of the Board of Gilead Sciences, where he remained until early 2001 when he became Defense Secretary. Rumsfeld had been on the board of Gilead since 1988 according to a January 3 1997 company press release.

An as-yet-unconfirmed report is that Rumsfeld while Secretary of Defense also purchased an additional stock in his former company, Gilead Sciences Inc., worth $18 million, making him one of its largest if not the largest stock owners today."

For more on 'Rummy Flu', see here, here, here, here and here.

The panic is a joke. If you're not a chicken, or a chicken farmer, the whole thing is chicken shit. Since it doesn't travel from person to person, there is no real danger at all. The scaremongers say: "Well, it could mutate so it is contagious between people." It could, but it is much, much more likely that some other virus we've never heard of could so mutate. We could also all die when an asteroid hits the earth.

The transparency of the lies about bird flu can be seen in the official response. Governments are paying rich people like Rumsfeld billions of dollars to stock up on useless drugs which don't have any known effect in treating avian flu, when the only way to stop the virus, if that is what you really wanted to do, is pay Asian chicken farmers to destroy their birds. But that would be paying poor people, and the panic and vaccine buying benefits rich people, so we'll panic and buy the vaccine. This reminds me of how the 'peak oil' lie was recently used so successfully to generate record profits for the oil companies. Will we ever learn?