[UPDATE 14 Aug 2010 – It looks like one Swedish newspaper is finally admitting the truth behind the Swine Flu Scare … after, of coarse, gaining much from this scare itself. ]
9 June 2010
Look sharp … 😉
… the game is afoot …
… “And I’m hungry like a wolf”
Critical Thinking Science caps on …
… and lets goooooooooooooooooooooooo…..
Duran Duran Night 🙂
“Hungry like the Wolf”
or maybe you prefer the Live concert:
“In touch with the ground
I’m on the hunt I’m after you
Scent and a sound. I’m lost and I’m found
And I’m hungry like the wolf.
Strut on a line it’s discord and rhyme
I howl and I whine I’m after you
Mouth is alive all running inside
And I’m hungry like the wolf.”
Jupiter just got hit again!
Jupiter in the firing line, again!
The impact occurred at 2031 UTC on 3 June and was first alerted by Anthony Wesley in Australia, who also captured the impact into Jupiter nearly a year ago.
See the amazing impact video here:
Thank heavens that Jupiter is taking these hits and not us.
NEW COMET !!!!
Ladies and Gentlemen … please meet Comet McNaught (C/2009 R1):
“A fresh comet is swinging through the inner solar system, and it is brightening rapidly as it approaches the sun… The comet’s green atmosphere is larger than the planet Jupiter, while the long willowy ion tail stretches more than a million kilometers through space…
Comet McNaught can be found low in the northeastern sky before dawn gliding through the constellation Perseus. It is brightening as it approaches Earth for a 1.13 AU close encounter on June 15th and 16th. Currently, the comet is at the threshold of naked eye visibility (5th to 6th magnitude) and could become as bright as the stars of the Big Dipper (2nd magnitude) before the end of the month. Because this is the comet’s first visit to the inner solar system, predictions of future brightness are necessarily uncertain; amateur astronomers should be alert for the unexpected.” 🙂
Duran Duran: Wild Boys!
“The wild boys are calling
On their way back from the fire
In august moon’s surrender to
A dust cloud on the rise
Wild boys fallen far from glory
Reckless and so hungered
They tried to break us,
Looks like they’ll try again
Wild boys Wild boys Wild boys
Well …. speaking about Wild Boys …
Swine Flu anniversary time …
… it has now been a year since the official declaration of a pandemic by the WHO …
… and eagerly supported by our fun filled and smiling Swedish politicians, bureaucrats and health officials …
… however … even then, some brave journalist dared to write:
“Vi lär heller aldrig då få veta om massvaccineringen för tre miljarder kronor var motiverad eller en gigantisk överreaktion.“
But don’t dispair 😉
… now it looks like we get to know 🙂
WHO faces questions over swine flu policy
“These medical products have cost national health budgets billions. France, for example, spent over 600m euros ($739m, £515m) on 94 million doses of vaccine, most of which have not been used.”
“Mr Flynn and a number of other European politicians have launched an official inquiry into the pandemic at the Council of Europe. A key question will be whether the pharmaceutical companies, which had invested around $4bn in developing the swine flu vaccine, had supporters inside the emergency committee, who then put pressure on the WHO to declare a pandemic.”
Oh, that is not very kind to the WHO …
… and here is some February 2010 video of the Chair of the EU’s Council of Europe’s Sub-committee on Health Wolfgang Wodarg being …
… well … very angry at the WHO:
So last week, the EU’s Council of Europe has finally published it’s report …
… and it is still saying nasty things about the WHO and it’s Swine Flu Scare:
Report condemns swine flu experts’ ties to big pharma
Trio of scientists who urged stockpiling had previously been paid, says report
4 June 2010
“Today, the Council of Europe, produces a damning report into how a lack of openness around “decision making” has bedevilled planning for pandemics. “The tentacles of drug company influence are in all levels in the decision-making process,” said Paul Flynn, the Labour MP who sits on the council’s health committee. “It must be right that the WHO is transparent because there has been distortion of priorities of public health services all over Europe, waste of huge sums of public money and provocation of unjustified fear.”
Anybody else complaining?
Well … the British Medical Journal (BMJ) is not happy either 😦
WHO and the pandemic flu “conspiracies”
“An investigation by the British Medical Journal and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the not-for-profit reporting unit, shows that WHO guidance issued in 2004 was authored by three scientists who had previously received payment for other work from Roche, which makes Tamiflu, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), manufacturer of Relenza.”
Key scientists advising the World Health Organization on planning for an influenza pandemic had done paid work for pharmaceutical firms that stood to gain from the guidance they were preparing. These conflicts of interest have never been publicly disclosed by WHO, and WHO has dismissed inquiries into its handling of the A/H1N1 pandemic as “conspiracy theories.”
The BMJ has even made a video too. Have a listen :-O
Other people are making videos as well… what fun 🙂
Nope, it doesn’t sound good 😦
The Europeans aren’t happy either:
The handling of the H1N1 pandemic: more transparency needed
Rapporteur: Mr Paul FLYNN, United Kingdom, SOC
A. Draft resolution
1. The Parliamentary Assembly is alarmed about the way in which the H1N1 influenza pandemic has been handled, not only by the World Health Organization (WHO), but also by the competent health authorities at the level of the European Union and at national level [that means Sweden]. It is particularly troubled by some of the consequences of decisions taken and advice given leading to distortion of priorities of public health services across Europe, waste of large sums of public money, and also unjustified scares and fears about health risks faced by the European public at large.
Para 34 is interesting. “Although critical voices from various countries and the Parliamentary Assembly itself have on several occasions called for the list of experts and their respective declarations of interest to be published, WHO has failed to provide this information. The Organization continues to hold back on releasing further information on the interests of experts, justifying this position by the need to protect experts’ privacy……”
Even the American’s are grumpy about The WHO’s bad behaviour … oh dear 😮
Marcia Angell – former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, author of “Is Academic Medicine for Sale?”
“And to those academic researchers who think the current path is just fine, I have this to say: no, it is not necessary to accept personal payments from drug companies to collaborate on research. There was plenty of innovative research before 1980—at least as much as there is now—when academic researchers began to expect rewards from industry. And no, you are not entitled to anything you want just because you’re very smart. Conflicts of interest in academic medicine have serious consequences, and it is time to stop making excuses for them.”
And what does the WHO have to say about these worldwide charges of corruption?:
WHO says H1N1 flu pandemic continues
“We’re still in the pandemic,” WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told Reuters.
Duran Duran: “A View To A Kill”
“Again we dance into the fire
That fatal kiss is all we need
Dance into the fire
Two fatal sounds of broken dreams
Dance into the fire
That fatal kiss is all we need
Dance into the fire
When all we see.. is the view to a kill”
Warning: Non Politically Correct opinions below!
Great! What Fun! 😉
Let’s put evidence before emotion.
Question: Is it allowed to question the conservation of big-cute-cuddley animals?
Maybe not …
25 May 2010
Tiger conservation is disastrous, says BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham
Donating money to tiger conservation charities is a waste of time because their success rate is “disastrous”,
“Tiger conservation is a multi-million pound business that isn’t working. If it were in the FTSE 100, it would have gone bankrupt. Who’d buy shares in a business that’s failing in its objective?” he asked
“I’m not saying the conservation agencies don’t have their hearts in the right place, but the results are disastrous.”
He told the Radio Times: “I do rather dislike the fact that if you do as I do and openly criticise conservation, it’s almost as if you’re attacking something holy. “But if we’re all giving a pound for the tiger, or whatever, I think we all have a right to think that money is being best spent, that’s all. Why shouldn’t I criticise if there is a criticism to be levelled? One would hope the vast majority of wildlife charities are doing good – but why shouldn’t I ask? What’s so sacred?”
There are only 3,000 tigers left in the world, down from an estimated 100,000 a century ago, according to figures from the World Wildlife Fund. Last year, 85 tiger deaths were recorded in India – the highest toll since 2001 – many of them a result of poaching, Packham said. There are only 3,000 tigers left in the world, down from an estimated 100,000 a century ago, according to figures from the World Wildlife Fund. The presenter of BBC Two’s Springwatch said conservation projects were failing because the demand for dead tigers, mostly from China, is so great. “Trying to keep them alive – given they live in places where large parts of the community are in poverty – is very difficult.”
And Chris Packham has been blasphemous in the past as well!
Good Boy Chris! 🙂
Chris Packham: ‘Giant pandas should be allowed to die out’
22 Sep 2009
“The television presenter said that the species was not strong enough to survive on its own and that the millions spent preserving them could be better spent elsewhere. He said: “Here’s a species that of its own accord has gone down an evolutionary cul-de-sac. It’s not a strong species. “Unfortunately, it’s big and cute and it’s a symbol of the World Wildlife Fund – and we pour millions of pounds into panda conservation. “I reckon we should pull the plug. Let them go with a degree of dignity.”
“Giant pandas have been dying out because of the destruction of their natural habitat and are only found in about 20 patches of forest in a densely populated region of China. There are around 1,600 in the wild with around 180 more being reared in captivity. Fellow wildlife expert David Bellamy lent his support to Mr Packham. “I agree completely,” he said. “When I was a WWF trustee I begged them to buy big chunks of the land in which these animals live, not just go on spending millions on rearing pandas in captivity. “You can’t release them back into the wild if there is no wild left and we shouldn’t rear animals just to put them into cages. “Even the WWF admitted there is no longer enough land for them to live on.”
Oh! … that’s not very PC … good Critical Thinking Chris! 😉
And what sorts of public reaction did he get?
“But, bar the lunatics, the fall-out was actually very positive. I received a tremendous amount of mail saying, ‘Good on you, you stuck your head above the parapet, you said what a lot of us are thinking and we back you’.
“At the end of the day I wasn’t asking to kill the pandas, I was simply asking for an audit in terms of conservation resources, and I stand by every word.”
Other Biogeographers have been saying similar things for years. Here is Professor Philip Stott (Editor-in-Chief of the internationally important Journal of Biogeography) from London University in 2005:
“‘biodiversity’ has decreed that such bears/raccoons/or just plain ol’ pandas (whatever they are) must survive at all costs. Indeed, pandas are so emblematic that no zoo, or Worldwide Fund for Whatever (WFW), can make any money without one behind bars or on a badge…bushwhacked and bamboozled by their own food requirements, and with a total lack of interest in sex, pandas are hardly an advertiser’s dream for the dynamics of ‘Evolution’ and ‘Adaptation’. T. H. Huxley would have soon persuaded Charles Darwin to drop the panda as a logo
And what does the WWF say in response?
Logo first 😉
“A spokesman for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said tiger […and Panda ? 😉 ] conservation was vital… provided we act now.”
Oh well ….
Advocacy, Politics & Money before The Science ?
You be the judge.
The human thirst for knowledge is unquenchable…
… the hunger for truth is insatiable…
… like a wolf…
… stay hungry my friends 🙂
… and have a great summer vacation!