“Swine Flu” revisited

In the spring of 1976, fresh bachelor’s degree in hand, I began work in a microbiology laboratory at a major university in Illinois. My post-graduate work began by investigating the antigenic properties of the 19S ribosome of a bacterial species called Nisseria gonococcus (plain old gonorrhea to the lay person). This work was being done under a grant from the Department of Defense with hopes of one day developing a vaccine to immunize soldiers and sailors from the dread disease that wreaks havoc around every military base.

Within our lab complex I had regular contact with a number of bacteriologists and virologists and it was they that first raised my suspicions about an impending “plague” called “swine flu.”

Only a few months before, President Gerald Ford warned of the impending flu plague and asked Congress for $135 million to investigate the development of a swine flu vaccine.

President Gerald Ford had not been elected either vice-president or president, rising to the post through the tumultuous days of the Nixon administration and Watergate and succeeding Nixon upon his resignation in August, 1974. Less than a month later Ford granted him a full pardon. Most Americans felt justice had been thwarted and Ford saw his approval ratings plummet.

It is likely that Ford saw the threat of a “swine flu” pandemic as a godsend that could help bolster his standing among the electorate for the presidential race in 1976. By his orders the entire government health bureaucracy was mobilized to address the impending catastrophe. In this way the public’s attention could be diverted and Ford could claim his role in averting a repeat of the devastation on the 1918 Spanish Flu.

During this time much of the government money for research was also diverted to this single issue leaving many researchers in our lab dumbfounded and resentful that so much was being made of a virus that to date had taken the life of but one person!

History can teach us many things if we would only listen. The story to date of “Swine Flu, 2009” bears a remarkable similarity to what was seen in 1976. A concerted effort is underway to convince us all of the certain dire outcome should we fail to heed the warnings of the “experts.” Billions of dollars have been diverted to studying this virus and developing a vaccine. Government agencies have been dispatched to raise fear levels to the point that we have little time to worry about the economy, the deficit, unemployment and indecision regarding our war efforts.

Salon had a story this past April that received little attention, but becomes more and more relevant as we enter the final weeks of the first year of the Obama presidency.

1976 was the year of the U.S. Bicentennial. 1976 was a presidential election year. 1976 was two years after Watergate caused Nixon’s resignation, and one year after the fall of Saigon. The U.S. government, both Republicans and Democrats, had never been held in such low esteem. Practically every elected official felt an overwhelming itch that patriotic year to do something to get the public thinking of them as good guys again. A swine flu pandemic was an opportunity on a plate. What better way to get into the good graces of the voters than to save them from a plague?
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The scientists began to come to their senses. By July, they were pretty much agreed that a flu pandemic in 1976 would not lead to 1 million U.S. dead. The flu strain extracted from Private Lewis, they learned, was much less virulent that the 1918 strain, and modern medicine could handle an outbreak far better than the World War I doctors could. The World Health Organization ordered hospitals to keep a global lookout for swine flu, but it did not request mass immunization of the population.
But the U.S. government was unstoppable. Congress began to pressure the drug companies to work faster toward development of a swine flu vaccine.
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By September, the swine flu scaffolding came crashing down. Pollsters reported that while 93 percent of the population had heard of swine flu and knew it could cause a million U.S. deaths, only 52 percent planned to get immunized. The press was claiming that Congress had not done a good job of educating the public. Congress members blamed the failure on the CDC.
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On Oct. 1, 1976, the immunization program began. By Oct. 11, approximately 40 million people had received swine flu immunizations, mostly through the new compressed air vaccination guns. That evening, in Pittsburgh, came the first blow to the immunization program: Three senior citizens died soon after receiving their swine flu shots. The media outcry, linking the deaths to the immunizations without any proof, was so loud it drew an on-air rebuke from CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite, who warned his colleagues of the dangers of post hoc ergo propter hoc (“after this, therefore, because of this”) thinking. But it was too late. The government had long feared mass panic about swine flu — now they feared mass panic about the swine flu vaccinations.

See article here.

And on it went, until by the spring of 1977 when a body count could finally be compiled. Swine flu deaths—1, vaccine deaths—over 300, serious injuries from the vaccine, including Guillain-Barre Syndrome— four thousand.

“60 Minutes” told this story in a segment reported in 1977. It should be viewed by all those Americans interested in learning more about the H1N1 “crisis” now being touted by government experts. Is our government once again trying to manipulate us?  Will the scare of Swine Flu, 2009 become a major factor in Americans finally accepting government-run health care?  In my opinion, that’s the plan.

8 Responses to ““Swine Flu” revisited”

  1. Interesting timing, is it not?

  2. Never let a good “crisis” go to waste, and if you don't have a crisis handy, create one!

    This article is right along my lines of thinking on this current flu situation. As I said on your CDC article today, I'm wondering if the powers in Washington are looking to create some excuse for martial law. But, your point about using this to push their evil death care legislation is an angle which makes more sense. One thing that could work against them if that is their strategy, is this (real or contrived) vaccine shortage. Opponents could point to how inefficiently the government handles EVERYTHING, including vaccine distribution, so why would you trust them with all of America's medical treatment? I wouldn't touch their brand-new barely-tested “swine flu” vaccine with a ten-foot pole, anyway.

    Of course, unless we can stop them, these cats in Washington are not going to stop until they get all their diabolical projects written into law, and they'll create all the fake crises and tell all the lies necessary to steamroll their garbage over us. In their minds, the end justifies the means.

  3. That is weird, in the video it all started where? The Army WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT, no couldn't have!!! It's the same old story, you create a scare to distract the American people from all that is or isn't going on in America and then make them believe we need the government to come in take over and save us all. Learn from the past this is all a big scam to achieve agendas. I'll bet you there are less swine flu deaths than those related to the regular flu and it's not related to a vaccination. Don't be deceived.

  4. That is weird, in the video it all started where? The Army WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT, no couldn't have!!! It's the same old story, you create a scare to distract the American people from all that is or isn't going on in America and then make them believe we need the government to come in take over and save us all. Learn from the past this is all a big scam to achieve agendas. I'll bet you there are less swine flu deaths than those related to the regular flu and it's not related to a vaccination. Don't be deceived.

  5. Interesting timing, is it not?

  6. Never let a good “crisis” go to waste, and if you don't have a crisis handy, create one!

    This article is right along my lines of thinking on this current flu situation. As I said on your CDC article today, I'm wondering if the powers in Washington are looking to create some excuse for martial law. But, your point about using this to push their evil death care legislation is an angle which makes more sense. One thing that could work against them if that is their strategy, is this (real or contrived) vaccine shortage. Opponents could point to how inefficiently the government handles EVERYTHING, including vaccine distribution, so why would you trust them with all of America's medical treatment? I wouldn't touch their brand-new barely-tested “swine flu” vaccine with a ten-foot pole, anyway.

    Of course, unless we can stop them, these cats in Washington are not going to stop until they get all their diabolical projects written into law, and they'll create all the fake crises and tell all the lies necessary to steamroll their garbage over us. In their minds, the end justifies the means.

  7. That is weird, in the video it all started where? The Army WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT, no couldn't have!!! It's the same old story, you create a scare to distract the American people from all that is or isn't going on in America and then make them believe we need the government to come in take over and save us all. Learn from the past this is all a big scam to achieve agendas. I'll bet you there are less swine flu deaths than those related to the regular flu and it's not related to a vaccination. Don't be deceived.

  8. That is weird, in the video it all started where? The Army WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT, no couldn't have!!! It's the same old story, you create a scare to distract the American people from all that is or isn't going on in America and then make them believe we need the government to come in take over and save us all. Learn from the past this is all a big scam to achieve agendas. I'll bet you there are less swine flu deaths than those related to the regular flu and it's not related to a vaccination. Don't be deceived.