Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Con Porkers and the Swine Flu
When history delivers its final judgement on Stephen Harper and his porker Cons, its verdict will be harsh.
They will be found guilty of so many foul things, from corrupting our democracy, and raping our Canadian values, to helping to torch the planet. But one of their biggest crimes could turn out to be not preparing the country for the Swine flu pandemic.
Because they chose to spend FIVE times as much money selling their Porky Action Plan...than they did on ads educating the public. So even as the second wave hits us the result is mass confusion.
Does the H1N1 vaccine give you the flu? Will it cause autism or Gulf War syndrome? Is it a cover for a sinister government plan to kill people? Is a plot by big pharma to sell drugs, make money and rule the world?
With people getting their information from old wives tales like this one.
Rather than from doctors like this one.
Why do people who would never use Google, or the opinions of friends and colleagues, to decide that they knew more than their lawyer, engineer or architect, decide that they know better than their physicians?
So let me put on my serious tuque for a change, and put all of this into even simpler words...that even a dummy like me can understand.
The H1N1 virus has only been around for about six months, and we can't predict what it could do next.
What we do know is that it's speading faster than any pandemic influenza ever has, and that while for most people it's only a mild illness, for some groups in society it can be particularly DEADLY. People like children, young and healthy adults, women...especially pregnant ones...and aboriginals.
People turn up in an emergency room one day, and the next day their lungs shutdown. And I mean shutdown, they can't get a BREATH of air. So they have to be put on a ventilator or on a machine that takes their blood and oxygenates it before returning it to their bodies.
And one of the biggest problems is, as a recent Canadian study showed...
The average stay on a ventilator is TWO weeks...which is incredibly long. And means that if the flu is allowed to surge out of control, we could run out of ventilators or intensive care unit nurses who operate them.
And force medical workers to make some terrible choices.
And then there's the moral dimension. Everyone should remember that if they don't take the vaccine, and they come down with the flu it may just mean a couple of days of misery for them. But they could infect others, swamp emergency rooms, and kill the pregnant woman at work, or the baby next door.
The Cons know that but they don't care. Because their ideology dictates that it's always about THEM. The jungle struggle of the individual over the health and safety of the collective.
Can you believe the shocking contrast? What are these criminally incompetent ideologues DOING? Apart from rubbing pork fat all over each other...trying to buy themselves a majority with OUR money.
Now don't take my word about the vaccine. Inform yourself. But please listen to doctors and scientists who know what they are talking about, not the internet charlatans who are just spreading fear and confusion.
And never forget how these Cons put their own corrupt interests before the health of Canadians. And left us drowning in ignorance in the midst of a pandemic.
Which is why I say, the sooner we can remove these porkers from power.
The SAFER we'll all be...