Swine Flu: Cacophony of Medical Experts, PR
The following headlines this morning, Monday, September 28, 2009, are self-explanatory as the Mighty Wurlitzer gets into its full articulated stride:
NYT Sept. 28, 2009: Don’t Blame Flu Shots for All Ills, Officials Say (“As soon as swine flu vaccinations start next month, some people getting them will drop dead of heart attacks or strokes, some children will have seizures and some pregnant women will miscarry. But those events will not necessarily have anything to do with the vaccine. That poses a public relations challenge for federal officials, who remember how sensational reports of deaths and illnesses derailed the large-scale flu vaccine drive of 1976.”) ;
Boston Globe Sept. 28, 2009: Second wave of swine flu pandemic begins to hit US – Surge in cases closes schools, strains hospitals (“After months of warnings and frantic preparations, the second wave of the swine flu pandemic is starting to be felt around the country. Doctors, health clinics, hospitals, and schools are reporting rapidly increasing numbers of patients experiencing flu symptoms.”) ;
AOL Money Sept. 28, 2009: Intense tracking for swine flu shot's side effects (“More than 3,000 people a day have a heart attack. If you're one of them the day after your swine flu shot, will you worry the vaccine was to blame and not the more likely culprit, all those burgers and fries?”);
The Scientist, Sept. 23, 2009: Swine flu windfall (“Though a worrisome flu season is knocking at the Northern Hemisphere's door, the five biopharmaceutical companies awarded massive contracts by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for development and production of more than 195 million doses of swine flu vaccine can't really complain.”)
As you peruse the above articles, you probably also ought to read this Note on the Mighty Wurlitzer and watch the first two parts of the BBC documentary on Edward Bernays, Century of Self, to catch a glimpse of what Public Relations really means.
It is not a benign advertising/marketing gimmick that most people are led to believe. It is an insidious, and at times diabolical, attempt at mass behavior control by manipulatively tapping into man's irrational self. It plays upon hidden and overt emotions, unstated fears, shameful desires, and ingrained and cultural myths to inculcate the necessary perceptions of interest, whether for selling a product, or for selling a political dogma.
A new public myth is orchestrated in society – much like the “war on terror” mythology – based upon which a majority of the public reacts all too predictively to the continually fabricated Public Relations stimuli, or PSYOP. Overarchingly, this not only sets the stage for reinforcing the on-going current affairs narratives, but also creates the precedent for writing the preferred historical narrative. The 'ubermensch' political scientists and psychologists have figured out that on the whole, 'Public Assumptions' Shape Views of History: “Such presumptions are beliefs (1) thought to be true (although not necessarily known to be true with certainty), and (2) shared in common within the relevant political community. The sources for such presumptions are both personal (from direct experience) and vicarious (from books, movies, and myths).”
That was stated in October 1998 at the conference on contemporary political history organized by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, by the future 9/11 Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow who emphasized that the public understanding of history is shaped by what are sometimes referred to as “public myths.” Zelikow was a participant in the so called 'Catastrophic Terrorism' Study Group in 1997-98, and subsequently presided in the “Warren Commission” for his own study group's predicted 'Catastrophic Terrorism', which just happened to be 911!
This prediction-fulfillment cycle of political science is one of the most diabolical constructs of modernity, far outstripping Nostradamus in its accurate prescience for the near term, whereby, the failure to interdict the prediction is attributed to “chaos theory” of unavoidable happenstance, incompetence, and if all that stretches the incredulity of the public, to “blowback” of ill-conceived or greedy policies. When the unfortunate history of this Swine Flu Pandemic is similarly written, inter alia, the afore-cited headline news stories will help explain why so many people got exterminated from earth as an 'act of god', a lousy diet of “all those burgers and fries”, and in the developing nations due to “'complicating factors,' such as malnutrition, poor housing or crowded conditions, [as] 'flu was classically called a crowding disease in the 19th century.'” as per CNN April 28, 2009.
According to the United States Air Force planning document “Alternate Futures for 2025: Security Planning to Avoid Surprise” dated April 1996, only 30 million people died in the pandemic of 2009! It noted in its chapter titled “Digital Cacophony” on page 54: “Technology could not solve some old problems, as in 2009, when an influenza pandemic struck in southern China, then rapidly spread worldwide. Three hundred-thirty million people were affected and over thirty million died. No one ever determined if the virus was a natural mutation or bioengineered. Many feared the latter.”
That new prediction-fulfillment episode is now upon us even as I write this. Also note that amazing prescience re-surface in this 2006 IBM inter-departmental memo titled “Services & Global Procurement pan IOT Europe, Pandemic Plan Overview” whose very first bullet item stated: “There is a 100% chance that a Pandemic will occur within the next 5 years”. Thanks to whosoever leaked this revealing IBM memo – also cached here – which begs the obvious question how can a corporation which makes computers predict that a pig or another creature somewhere on the planet is going to acquire a pandemic inducing virus within the next 5 years with 100% certainty? And, have that event actually transpire right at the mid-point of the prediction?
“Chaos theory” of course, the non-sequitur notwithstanding, explains all these predictions very well (sic)! And “simulations” of course (sic)!
One only wishes that political science was merely science fiction to be enjoyed in large-canvas movies like the Star Wars “Revenge of the Sith” and the latest 2009 Star Trek which killed off billions of inhabitants of an entire planet. All this vicarious dulling of public sensibilities to massive deaths I wish was merely for the mass entertainment of a blood-thirsty people!
The author, an ordinary researcher and writer on contemporary geopolitics, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. His maiden 2003 book was rejected by six publishers and can be read on the web at http://PrisonersoftheCave.org . He may be reached at http://Humanbeingsfirst.org . Verbatim reproduction license at http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org# Copyright.