"The swine flu is a pandemic now," my mother said in a concerned tone. I gave her my typical "oh please" look.
"It's a big deal. There hasn't been a pandemic in over forty years."
I had no idea what a pandemic was, and I also had no real idea how big this swine flu thing was. I know people talk about it constantly, but I avoid the news in general.
So I looked up how many people had died from the swine flu. We just topped one hundred deaths in the United States.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
How in the world is anyone worrying about this? Let's be generous and say that one hundred people died in a month from the swine flu (it's actually been longer than that).
In that same period of time more than a thousand people died from tobacco use. Ten times the deaths, but swine flu is all over the news. Almost two hundred people died from anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen. I didn't even know people died from those.
Yet we all know about the swine flu. The bird flu from a few years ago was the exact same sort of thing - only about one hundred people died.
We all know that wasting time is bad and that wasting money is bad, too. What about wasting our focus, getting sidetracked by hyped up issues like swine flu that are wholly insignificant?
(on the plus side, pork consumption went down because people incorrectly thought that it could cause swine flu)
"When winter comes this flu will spread like wild fire"
it's winter in the southern hemisphere. where's the wildfire? it's normal flu season stuff down there.
Weak post that is prompting even weaker discussion. Writing every day and upping your hits is just a vanity metric.
I'd rather read one of your old posts again than constantly have to sift through this new drivel. Check out this article on falling victim to the "new" craze:
Perfection is not adding more on, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Swine flu is definitely effect people more than the normal hyped up pandemic. I had swine flu; it sucked. I don't think that I've ever had normal flu before, so swine flu was a pretty different experience.
How many people have died from regular flu in the last month or more?? I guarantee you its more than 100. I am glad that the hysteria has at least died down a little over the past few weeks...
So swine flu is good because it stops people from eating meat??? That kind of holier-than-thou posturing is why people, rightly or wrongly, hold such a negative opinion of vegans.
I don't care about the swine flu, thus I know nothing about it. It really isn't worth the trouble. The point of this post is to not worry about it. It might be a problem but it's not worth stressing over. Recently a recruit died in basic training in the air force from a flu. Not related to the swine flu, it's actually 'adenovirus 14'.
Adenovirus are common during military bootcamp, should I be scared? No. The ratio is probably near the same as the swine flu. It's just not worth worrying about. The chances of catching it isn't worth the stress so simply put "It's not that big of a deal"
You are right, about stats but it doesn't mean that we should not stop the spread of swine flu. Some basic hygiene practices can help slowing down spread of swine flu. Yes panicking will not make general public any safer, but drug companies need to make vaccine before flu season. And public needs to be informed that this flu season, young and healthy should get flu shots too.
You are sort of way off your mark here. First, if h1n1 jumps to a new strain, literally, no one will be leaving their house, and a lot of people will die there.
If anything, the media us under covering this. Just because there are not a lot of deaths, and you can find stats that more people die in a hour form farting too hard, does not mean that the potential for this to outbreak is not there.
I suggest you read the article by the scientist who first discovered h1n1.
This is not about where it is now, and all about what it could turn into, and how completely underprepared we are for it if it does.
We know little to nothing about it, and there are blog posts like this, that spit out a cut feeling based on logic to them, but not logic within the scientific community.
I have a friend who works close to this at the CDC, I am told, he can not tell me anything specific, but that this is not something to just brush off, and the CDC is not happy at all about the news coverage.
Tobacco deaths and car accidents are not contagious. The bird flu is a good example, where we were prepared and helped to stop it's spread, this is a case where the opposite is going as, as we do not know how to vaccinate for it.
All fires start out small. I thought you were all about research, all about your spend the day to figure out how to do accounting, immerse yourself into it, and here you are, posting a blog post that in reality, you should delete, and write again after you stop being like the rest of the news stations out there.
This is simply an easy payout for the media. It really shouldn't be anything to scare like the media portrays it to be. I heard that at the peek of the media frenzy that the best selling items on amazon was face masks.
The media is scaring everybody just so they can make money.
It is true that the media needs to hype the danger, but that doesn't mean there isn't a danger. After all 63000 people die annually from seasonal flu in the US alone. So even if swine flu is no worse than regular flu when the fall season comes, it would still kill an awful lot of people. This is particularly worrisome when you consider that swine flu seems to hit young people much harder than regular flu. As far as Avian flu goes, the danger is that it has a high fatality rate, so if it does jump the deaths could be orders of magnitude above seasonal flu. So considering the other dangers being hyped in the news, like the latest toxin scare, or birdstrikes on planes, swine flu is downright legitimate.
One day last week I drank too much tea too late in the day. Instead of going to bed at my normal 1:30-2am time, I went to bed after 3am. The next morning I woke up around eleven, feeling a bit slothful for sleeping in. Usually I make some nice green tea in the morning, but I skipped it that day, half because I had overdosed on tea the day before, and half because it was almost the afternoon. I sat down at my computer, but instead of doing my daily planning, I started researching Persian rugs.
By one in the afternoon I was still sitting at my computer in my skivvies, having done nothing more substantial than gain a comprehensive amateur understanding of what to look for in a Persian rug, and maybe answering a handful of medium-priority emails.
The day was off to a bad start. Not a horrific start, like the kind where you lose your arm in a grain combine, but the kind where you've gotten such a slow start that the day begins to feel like a waste.
I opened up Google Calendar to plan my day, but then closed it. What's the point, I thought, when I've already wasted so much time? There was no chance it was going to be an excellent day, so my brain was trying to steer me towards just writing the day off and refocusing on the next one.
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I've been thinking recently about how time is being replaced with attention as the scarcest, and most important, economic resource. This trend is manifested in a few ways. For example, while twentieth century consumers bought time-saving products, twenty-first century consumers will buy attention-saving products. I'll talk more about the implications of this below, but first, how did we get here?
(Note: this article by Venkatesh Rao provided a lot of inspiration for the following post. He's more than a few levels above me in writing/thinking skills, so if you enjoy this post, I'd suggest checking out his).
The attention economy is a product of the information revolution. In their time, the industrial and agricultural revolutions also created new economic orders. There have been many revolutions, but these were the only three that changed the fundamental nature of wealth, scarcity, and growth. Between them, these three revolutions split economic history into four distinct phases.
"I store meat in the belly of my brother."