Friday Miscellany

by M.D. Creekmore on December 20, 2013 · 25 comments

advertisers21. Patient Zero: Yet Another Flu Virus Crosses The Species Barrier : “A 73 year old woman has been identified as patient zero, as yet another avian flu virus that has not previously infected humans, jumps the species barrier.”

2. H1N1 kills 6 people, leaves 14 critically ill in Greater Houston area : “This is the same strain of H1N1 that caused a pandemic in 2009. Doctors have been seeing hundreds of new cases recently in Texas and nationwide.”

3. Lab finds false claims on supplement labels : “In a shootout of 60 multivitamin products, testers found problems with 12 brands. “There was almost no connection between price and quality,” reads the report. “Many inexpensive multivitamins — ranging in price from 3 to 14 cents per day — passed every test. At the same time, several relatively expensive products failed that cost 50 cents or even more than $1 a day. Best bet : Adult: Nature’s Way Alive! Daily Energy Multi-Vitamin Multi-Mineral

4. Cyprus-Style Robbery Coming To U.S. Banks : Let’s not kid ourselves. Banks will again face serious crises and suffer large losses. But the next time, your deposit will no longer be the bank’s liability. Instead, it’s already being considered the bank’s asset, one available to help recapitalize the bank and restore its equity, leaving you holding the bag.”

5. ‘Superbug’ bacteria widespread in U.S. chicken : “The group said it tested for six types of bacteria in 316 raw chicken breasts purchased from retailers nationwide during July. Almost all of the samples contained potentially harmful bacteria, it said.”

6. Why I Won’t Be Surprised If the Global Economy Caves : “The global economy looks to be in trouble, as there may be an economic contraction on the horizon. Major economic hubs in the global economy are witnessing an economic slowdown. Those economies aren’t marching ahead, and their growth rates seem to be stagnant. If this continues, then it wouldn’t be a surprise to eventually see the global economy cave in, resulting in a global economic slowdown.”

7. Why Future Flu Pandemics May Be Much More Lethal : “It’s tempting to write off these fears as public-health hand-wringing. But is a potentially devastating pandemic really possible? “The answer is absolutely yes. Today’s swine flu–already an evolved virus—may be just a precursor to some future disease that combines all of these potentially deadly components.”


Kate in GA December 20, 2013 at 10:50 am

#2: Hey! I thought all the ‘experts’ said that the people in Texas did NOT test positive for any flu virus?

Hunker-Down December 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

The test is 30% accurate in its analysis: 100% effective in its profitability.

Bam Bam December 20, 2013 at 11:25 am


They tested negative on the rapid test, which is terribly inaccurate. They did a culture, and the patients were positive.

Csvtrooper December 21, 2013 at 1:04 am

Judging from all the people out of work lately it must be making the rounds. Two of my co-wrokers ended up in the urgent care with some type of nasty bug.

worrisome December 20, 2013 at 10:54 am

There is a little web based news group in the next county that I follow. This came up on their page for the day. I felt it was important that the Wolf Pack and, especially our Bam Bam, should see it. Give ratings by state of the US’s ability to manage any infectious disease…………

Patriot Dave December 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I reviewed the criteria. Some of them are legit. Some are pure B.S. For instance:
the rate of vaccine of the population. Many in this pack will not even get one, on purpose. Not everyone is convinced that this is safe and harmless and effective.
The STD human papillomavirus (HPV) has over 30 strains, only about 3 or so are covered by the vaccine. Why are 12 year olds getting vaccinated for a sexually transmitted disease anyway?
HIV is also a STD. STD are 100% preventable without vaccine. Guess… its that “A” word. Besides, just because medicaid does not pay, does not mean they can’t afford a test or have alternatives other than our broke uncle. More Gubermint think. Furthermore, How in God’s Green Earth can they possibly put any number on the unknown cases that are not tested and not reported and have any credibility?!
decreased funding? Usual gubermint think: decreased funding equates with poorer services. Corporations do belt tightening all the time without sacrificing quality. No attempt to differentiate from cuts in planned increases, from small cuts from major cuts either. It is all bad.

axelsteve December 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

Yikes! Between bail ins and Cyprus banking practices. I think put your cash somewhere safe. Banks are not safe or have ever really been.I would invest in the holly trinity of investments. Gold silver and lead. Some real estate if possible. Do not trust in man where no salvation is found. Keep opsec secure. Keep an eye on tdl and his mackinations.

Hunker-Down December 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Part of our money is buried in two holes in the ground. I named one hole “inflation”, and the other “depreciation”. The cash is in quart glass canning jars and the jars are in 4 inch PVC pipe. Our dog ate the map.

PGCPrepper December 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I have a lot of $$ in one bank account and I used their credit card at Target this Christmas. I changed my pin and pswrd but I think I’ll pull it all out and bury it also as I’m not making a dime on it…literally, per month. You can’t just buy a hundred thousand $$ of American eagles and ammo at once, or should not. Obama is destroying the middle class.

I have a shit load of silver and gold but it’s going lower. Not much I can do since leaving the equity market. Looking at real estate but the best investment I see is produce and product. Just bought 400.00 today in Beverly International protein drinks which mixes with water to a pudding or you can make protein pancakes out of and it has good oils in it plus a two year advertised shelf life. I think I’ve spent about 1500.00 this month on preps. I have four shipments due in from amazon and others. I see nothing else if left the QE fake stock move except nibbling on silver as it is pushed lower. Merry Christmas.

ozhillbilly December 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Hi axlesteve. Many believe it’s not a matter of if it’s going to happen but when it’s going to happen. In this electronic age we live in where folks swipe a card instead of having real currency in their hands, the multitudes will be caught with their pants down around their ankles when the SHTF. My two daughters and their husbands are fine examples even though I’ve preached until I’m blue in the face about this very thing. I’m holding out until there are no other options. It’s cash and carry for me.

axelsteve December 21, 2013 at 2:56 am

Ozhillbilly. I also think that money will be worth less then toilet paper soon.

ozhillbilly December 21, 2013 at 9:05 am

axelsteve, You are exactly right on this. That’s why I have, like you, put some of my prepping effort in gold, silver and lead. I will use our government’s fiat paper money until it is useless. Since interest is so low right now I have even put back some of it (paper money) as there will be likely be a delay between the time that the banks fail and the public realizes it’s worthless and stops taking it.

Draq wraith December 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

Guys the motgomery county hospital stated several tested positive for h1n1 flu but several didn’t I suggested they test for hantavirus. On their website one person replied stating they were testing for all possible flu strains. Hantavirus has an 88% lethal rate fast acting and can mimic the syptomes I think in my humble opinion.
So far 14 people afflicted with it 8 deaths if ithe am reading things right. It would be nice to know if they all had flu shots or not.

worrisome December 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

Draq…….”it would be nice to know if they all had flu shots or not” Yes it would. Also, if so, it would be nice to know how long after the flu shot did they come down with this.

Bam Bam December 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm

There seems to be some inconsistencies in the reporting. A local TV station, KHOU, has reported a total of six deaths from H1N1 and that 14 are in critical condition–all in or around Montgomery County. However the county medical director, DR. Escott, said it’s unknown if the four who died had H1N1. They tested negative on the rapid test. I was under the impression they were doing cultures on the four deceased.

TG December 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Bam Bam Khou tends to be a ratings over reliability news station in this area. I would listen to what the medical examiner is aaying over the news site.

Draq wraith December 21, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Bam bam there is a new type of vacine that attacks the core of he virus not the shell. Has it been approved yet? And is it in play?

CountryVet December 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I am NOT convinced that this is H1N1. Something does not “feel right” about the whole situation. (and a friend that I had lunch with today who has recently retired from the public heath field feels the same say.)
HOWEVER— If it is, it has obviously become much more pathogenic and one has to be concerned about the actual worsening of the illness thru triggering the cytokinin cycle could be induced by the vaccine. In the pandemic of the Spanish flu, the age group that had the highest death rate was middle aged and elderly. The reason for this “anomoly” put forth by researachers is that these people had at some point been exposed to either that virus or a very antigenicly similar virus which led the body to have an EXTREMELY violent immune reaction to the virus. The body’s immune system is what actually killed those people while tyring to fight the flu virus. The “naive” immune systems had a MUCH better chance of survival.
NO vaccines for me or my family- even if they were not full of mercury.

CountryVet December 20, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Also- only TWO of the Four the initially died have actually tested positive for H1N1 according to my source.

axelsteve December 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I never had or plan to ever have a flue shot.

patientmomma December 20, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I’ve read supporting evidence for both having a flu shot and NOT having a flu shot. I got the flu back in he 1990s and was hospitalized for two weeks. After that, I got flu shots every year and never got sick again.

THis year what I have read about the vaccine scares me (2 different ones for people over 50). I am fairly healthy but have mild respiratory weakness due to seasonal allergies. What are your thoughts Pack?

N2Y December 21, 2013 at 12:20 am

I am also conflicted about the flu shot. I have never gotten it, nor have my kids, but since it has the vaccine for H1N1 I am considering it for the first time. There isn’t enough Tamiflu for everyone, and after 2009 we discovered a lot more people died than previously thought.

axelsteve December 21, 2013 at 2:58 am

Most flue shots are not current with the current flue so piss on them

Michigan Mike December 21, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I would make sure my vitamin D3 level is up. Your immune system is your best friend and D3 supports a strong immune system. I would also learn what other things support the immune system and include as many of them in your diet as possible sans allergy problems.

Draq wraith December 23, 2013 at 3:38 am

Any one have any thoughts about the new H10N8 virus out in the wild in china?

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