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How about the ‘PC flu’? (Part II)

To follow up on what I posted on April 28:

Scientists say that the majority of the genetic code of the new human-swine-bird-hybrid influenza virus comes from swine — and that it is accurate, therefore, to call the new outbreak of influenza “swine flu.”

(Quotes from virologists include: “Scientifically, this is a swine virus” and “It’s a flu virus from a swine; there’s no other name to call it.” That’s good enough for me.)

Ha ha ha! Take that, Israel!

The World Health Organization announced today that it will stop calling the current influenza outbreak “swine flu” in order to prevent the unnecessary slaughter of pigs, such as has happened in Egypt.

I’m all for preventing the unnecessary slaughter of pigs — in fact, all of us probably should go vegetarian anyway — but why do I have the sinking feeling that primarily the WHO caved in to the pork industry? And maybe even in to Israel as well?

In any case, “swine flu” already has stuck, and I think that it thus is irresponsible to change the name of the outbreak at this point in the game. Changing the name at this point probably will cause some confusion, such as whether the new name adopted by the WHO — the onerous “H1N1 influenza A” — is yet another new outbreak of influenza.

It will remain “swine flu” to me.

Oink.

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How about the ‘PC flu’?

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“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.

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