OK, so the growth of American pig factory farms in Third World nations as facilitated by NAFTA may be catching up with us by launching pandemic viruses. Or maybe not.
It may be the first appearance of the swine flu. As a result, a slew of countries (to include China, Russia and Ukraine) are misguidedly banning pork exports from North America. Sheer over-reaction! This is not a flu contracted by eating slaughtered hogs raised in third world nations such as the U.S. or Mexico. So let's change its swine flu name to protect the bacon or sausages in our morning egg McMuffins. We wouldn't want the image of pigs crammed so tightly together in pens with other pigs that they spend their entire lives facing east, or south or some other direction because they can't even turn around!
Bird-human, bird-pig, pig-human, pig-pig, human-human, bird-bird, natural virus, manufactured virus, yadda, yadda, yadda! In this Age of Information, the source of truth may never be known, same as those who terrorized the hell out of all Americans in the fall of 2001 by sending some Americans anthrax in the mail.
OK,OK,OK, so there was much confusion about exactly what we were dealing with or what to expect from this new flu strain. Some people are still wearing masks, while others are downright panicky. Hell, some are even washing their hands!
We all know mainstream media have sufficiently tagged Joe Biden as a loose cannon such that anytime he opens his mouth in public anything is likely to come out. And does. But what a gaff he made Thursday when expressing concern for his family by suggesting they avoid riding in close quartered airplanes and subway cars (much like those pigs in factory farms).
Jesus Christ! Biden was just being a fellow human being expressing aloud his reaction for loved ones in light of a threat not fully understood. But it was newsworthy and gave us all a good laugh, right? "Oh, that screwy Biden!" But I think Biden's sin was not his verbalizing of concern by suggesting his family avoid crowded places with others who may not wear masks, or wash their hands. (Dada suggests that may be wise wherever possible even without the threat of pig flu!)
Geez Joe, as a national figure who may influence the public's reaction in these situations, you sure as hell shouldn't go around making remarks that, if taken seriously by others, may negatively impact commerce. Never add to the adversities of an economy already in collapse. Hell, there are too many bankers and politicians already doing that!
Can you imagine if Biden had reacted like the Russians and implicated the ingesting of pork as hazardous too? Hell, he'd probably have American pig factory farm hit squads after him. Fortunately for Biden he didn't.