Thursday, April 30, 2009

Markets Rise Despite Swine Flu Scamdemic

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U.S. stock indices were all up over 2% yesterday despite the increasing hysteria about a swine flu pandemic. The market was clearly not buying that story, nor should you (more below). The markets were giddy over comments coming from the Fed meeting yesterday. The Fed said the rate of the economy's decline had slowed considerably. It further stated that it would consider additional funding for its programs if necessary. Expect the printing presses to be running full time well into the future with bail outs needed in the insurance industry, commercial real estate and for state and local governments. And don't forget that we will be bailing out Mexico too, probably sooner than later thinks to the recently totally unjustified brouhaha over swine flu.

Rarely if ever have I seen more irresponsibility on the part of the medical authorities and media than in the handling of the current swine flu outbreak. Coverage seems much worse than during the outbreak in 1976, when 200 people were sick with swine flu and one person supposedly died from it. That swine flu outbreak started at an U.S. army base at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The first person to have been identified with swine flu, was the only recorded fatality (it is not clear from the available information that other causes of death could be ruled out). Four other army recruits had to be hospitalized. However, it turns out that 500 other soldiers at the base tested positive for swine flu, but didn't even become sick. Somehow, the U.S. government used this data to justify spending $135 million on a large-scale immunization program, which had to be halted once it was realized that people were dieing and being horribly crippled - from the vaccine! No swine flu epidemic ever materialized.

The facts of today's swine flu outbreak also tell a very different story than the one you are hearing from the media. The glaring front page headline in a major newspaper yesterday, "Swine Flu, Why You Should Worry" is typical of what the public has seen and heard and which have caused needless panic throughout the world. In reality, NOT ONE PERSON outside of Mexico has died from swine flu (how many have died inside Mexico may also have been grossly exaggerated). But what about the reports of the first American death, even mentioned in this blog yesterday? Well, it turns out the unfortunate toddler who died after two weeks in a Houston hospital came from Mexico. His parents claim he only became sick once they crossed the border and arrived in Brownsville, Texas. The toddler also had other significant health problems, which the medical authorities refuse to reveal. Without knowing what these were, it is impossible to say if he actually died from another medical condition or swine flu.

It needs to be kept in mind that the symptoms of swine flu are identical to other types of flu and similar to many other illnesses as well. Swine flu can only be identified by viral typing, something the Mexicans didn't have the ability to do during the beginning of the outbreak. They had to send samples to the United States. As of April 26th, only 18 cases of swine flu had been confirmed in Mexico by viral typing, yet the media reported 160 people dead from swine flu there (how did they know this?). Not only is it quite possible many of these people actually died from something else, it is the logical conclusion if you consider that there aren't any deaths elsewhere. As for the viral typing that has been done in the United States on suspected cases, a large majority of the tests have come back negative for flu. Of the few that were positive, twice as many indicated already known forms of the disease and not swine flu.

By every measure so far, the current version of swine flu seems to be the mildest form of influenza that has ever existed. No deaths in the U.S. versus 36,000 a year from other flu related illnesses and 7 hospitalizations versus the usual 114,000 annual number (thats 0.006%). Yet, that's not how the medical authorities have reacted. They have done everything possible to fan the flames of panic among a naive and gullible public (and increase their budgets - the federal government has already promised $1.5 billion). The New York City Health Commissioner, Thomas Frieden, stated that there were many hundreds of school children in the city with suspected cases of swine flu (that word suspected got buried in the coverage). Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, warned that the child who died in Houston would not be the first death in the U.S. form swine flu. Perhaps she's planning an airlift of the seriously ill from Mexico? You got to find some way to spend that $1.5 billion.

NEXT: Market at Key Resistance; Scamdemic Update

Daryl Montgomery
Organizer,New York Investing meetup

This posting is editorial opinion. Like all other postings for this blog, there is no intention to endorse the purchase or sale of any security.

1 comment:

manny paul said...

An NRI who flew to Hyderabad from Texas, the US state which reported the first swine flu death outside Mexico, was on Wednesday found to have the flu symptoms..
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