“Swine” is the new four-letter word.
My God. First the Israelis whined that calling the new human-pig-bird-hybrid influenza outbreak the “swine flu” is offensive to Jews, whose archaic religious beliefs forbid them to eat pork.
Now, apparently, the pork industry is concerned that calling the new flu oubreak “swine flu” is harming the pork industry.
First off, fuck Israel.
If Jews and Muslims want to continue their antiquated, utterly irrational and non-scientific belief that swine and certain other animals are “dirty” while other animals are “clean,” that’s their right, but they have no right to force their ignorant, superstitious beliefs on the rest of us who are living in the year 2009.
“Swine flu” is just fine with me. The United States, which, unlike Israel, is not a theocracy, has kissed Israel’s victim-mentality ass quite enough already, thank you.
And the pork producers can go pork themselves, too. I don’t care about their profits. The capitalists have too much control over things anyway; we’re going to allow them to dictate to us what we may and may not call things?
The only problem that I have with “swine flu” is that it apparently is technically incomplete, as the new influenza virus that apparently has killed more than 150 people in Mexico thus far apparently is a genetic mixture of human, swine and bird influenza viruses.
But “human-swine-bird-hybrid flu” is too long, and the new virus is believed to have originated in swine in Mexico, so “swine flu” is just fine.
The Mexican people are fortunate in that thus far the new flu virus isn’t being called the “Mexican flu,” a la the “Spanish flu” of 1918. Mexico has enough problems without being associated with a deadly flu pandemic. (Israel apparently so generously suggested that the new flu be called “Mexican flu,” however. Of course, while Israel is kept afloat with billions of American tax dollars yet issues marching orders to the United States, Mexico has none such luck.)
In any event, let’s worry more about containing this new virus than about being politically correct in what we fucking call it.