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Drew does an early review of Swine Flu Epidemic 2: Panic Boogaloo. Also, some of Fark's favorite headlines from last week 
Posted by Drew at 2009-10-05 1:52:44 PM (62 comments) | Permalink
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Now that we're in October, expect a plethora of stories about swine flu, regular flu, some new flu strain that they're just discovering too late, flu shots, inhalers, autism, shot effectiveness, shot ineffectiveness and about a hundred other angles that the media will find. The MSM Panic Patrol has its antennae up right now waiting to unleash a barrage of stories on it, and by the end of the month and through November, expect them to be at full pants-shiatting Defcon 1.

You can expect lots of good information, which will naturally be buried under an avalanche of talking-head hypothesizing, complete with state-by-state Swine Flu Death Counts. On the upside, sooner or later someone will talk about The Stand by Stephen King. So there's that.

If you want to get on television during this period, make sure to wear a surgical mask in public. The public will be wearing them sooner or later, anyway, so you might as well get a bit of face-time. Or half-face-time, as the case may be. For some real fun this flu season, wait until the media is at the full bed-wetting mania stage, and then get a cup of tap water, sneak up behind a co-worker and flick some of the water off your fingers onto their neck while pretending to sneeze. Just kidding, don't do that because then they will kill. you. dead.

This week's Fark Betting Line has the swine flu in the top spot, with a few other likely (and some unlikely, but possible) stories sprinkled in for good measure. As always, feel free to add your own upcoming stories with the appropriate odds:

- Swine flu information stories begin flooding in, mostly talking about preparations, precautions, and a few hypothetical mass-closure situations (2:1)

- Stories include dread-inducing comment by anonymous CDC official (6:1)

- Stories mention body bags (12:1)

- Dumb criminal of the year award nominee story comes out of Florida (3:1)

- Wheel of Ridiculous Sports Injuries lands on...Boston (23:1)

- Alcohol + Darwin award (3:1)

- Conspiracy theorists tie to swine flu to:

- the Government (2:1)

- Sammy B'laden and the Alley Qaedas (3:1)

- Iran (6:1)

- Madagascar (29:1)


Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2009-09-27 to Sat 2009-10-03:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  121 children hospitalized with lead poisoning in China live near battery plant. Doctors report half positive, half negative, one discharged    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Turks mourn loss of Ottoman, put their feet down and consider pulling the coffee table closer    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Hawking says asteroids are biggest threat. Everybody scoot    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  The U.S. Navy is considering letting women serve on submarines. Presumably sandwiches    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Having never been to Fark, the EPA had no idea aging caulk in schools was a problem    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  While people routinely get screwed during their divorce, rarely is the rogering so complete that the judge feels compelled to masturbate during the proceedings    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  UN declares the Tango part of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity. However, the Lambada is still FORBIDDEN    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  The recession is taking a bigger toll on singles, mainly because married couples are already used to despair, hopelessness, and throwing all their money down a snotty, crying drain    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Masturbation epidemic explodes all over Syria    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Fruit truck overturns in New Jersey. Traffic jams    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Man arrested for masturbating in Bed, Bath and Beyond parking lot, charged with indecent exposure, taking store name too seriously    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Sports:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Washington bails out Detroit once again    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Former Yankee Chuck Knoblauch charged with throwing punch at wife. If she'd have been closer to first base, she'd have never been hit    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  The mysterious white powder that the Washington Redskins have been staying away from.....turned out to be the goal line    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Geek:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Australian scientists discover 850 previously unknown species living in subterranean caves and micro-caverns, most of which are blind, pale and play World of Warcraft for up to 20 hours/day    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Stephen Hawking steps down as Lucasian professor at Cambridge, sort of    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Scientists create hydrogen and batteries from pee. Urine charge now    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Showbiz:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  To honor her brother, Janet Jackson will wear black for a year. If she really wanted to honor him, she would slowly fade it to white    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Wendy Williams gets a talk show. First guest will reportedly drive a school bus through a wall of TVs while she rides on top    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Ramones biopic possibly on the way. The movie will be badly lit, badly edited, plot will barely hold together and dialogues will seem written by a 12-year-old, yet it will somehow hold together brilliantly    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Politics:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Sarah Palin's memoir "Going Rogue" out November 17th, hopefully followed by the sequel "Going Away"    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Hillary Clinton thrilled to be president of the UN Security Council, says she may blow an intern just for the hell of it    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Glenn Beck has identified the cause of all that is wrong with America: The fact that the US Mint has stopped putting "In God We Trust" on our money. Sure, it's a complete falsehood, but the crazy boat ain't gonna sail itself    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Music:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Lucy in the sky has died, man    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Fred Durst's wife leaves him after finally listening to a Limp Bizkit album    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Lady Gaga pulls out of Kanye West, tour    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Business:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Civil servants found to miss more work, do less work than any other employee whose status is not 'clinically dead'    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  State Farm ranks West Virginians as most likely to hit a deer, cousin    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Canada's stalled economy 'a shocker', Two with a "Pink Slip", One on the Brink    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]
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62 Comments   (+0 »)
   
 
2009-10-05 02:05:15 PM  
I'll take the conspiracy nut line, easy.
 
2009-10-05 02:05:52 PM  
We all know President Madagascar would never allow a thing like that to happen.
 
2009-10-05 02:06:12 PM  
What's with all the masturbation headlines, all of a sudden?
 
2009-10-05 02:06:16 PM  
There seems to be an unusually high number of masturbation themed headlines this week.
 
2009-10-05 02:07:10 PM  
I blame big pharma.
 
2009-10-05 02:07:11 PM  
DeadZone Quote 2009-10-05 02:06:12 PM
What's with all the masturbation headlines, all of a sudden?


Herb_the_betta Quote 2009-10-05 02:06:16 PM
There seems to be an unusually high number of masturbation themed headlines this week.


I fapped to this near simulpost.
 
2009-10-05 02:07:53 PM  
- Wheel of Ridiculous Sports Injuries lands on...Boston (23:1)

Arizona.

Don't you know about the Madden Curse.
 
2009-10-05 02:07:59 PM  
The answer to everything is two words. Don't Panic.
 
2009-10-05 02:08:50 PM  
Aging caulk FTW
 
2009-10-05 02:10:22 PM  
DeadZone: What's with all the masturbation headlines, all of a sudden?

I blame gorgor.
 
2009-10-05 02:10:30 PM  
I got my first green last week.
 
2009-10-05 02:10:41 PM  
You can't predict a ridiculous sports injury on Boston. That's so last year. Now take it back!
 
2009-10-05 02:11:12 PM  
Heh. I got one.
 
2009-10-05 02:11:21 PM  
Thisbymaster: The answer to everything is two words. Don't Panic Bourbon, neat.

FTFY.
 
2009-10-05 02:11:39 PM  
*squeals* I made the blog!
 
2009-10-05 02:11:50 PM  
I've decided to sneeze into my taint as opposed to my elbow - just for extra safety.
 
2009-10-05 02:12:10 PM  
Farkin'round: DeadZone: What's with all the masturbation headlines, all of a sudden?

I blame gorgor.


I blame him for everything. My wife will ask me why something in the house is broken, I say "Gorgor did it"
 
2009-10-05 02:12:23 PM  
If I could sneeze into my taint, I'd never leave the house.
 
2009-10-05 02:13:09 PM  
I like the lady gaga one
 
2009-10-05 02:13:26 PM  
On the upside, sooner or later someone will talk about The Stand by Stephen King. So there's that.

I am NOT walking to Boulder.
 
2009-10-05 02:13:35 PM  
dstanley: *squeals* I made the blog!

Me too. Finally validation that I am funny.
 
2009-10-05 02:14:46 PM  
She comes in colors everywhere: On the upside, sooner or later someone will talk about The Stand by Stephen King. So there's that.

I am NOT walking to Boulder.


Obviously. One does not just WALK into Boulder.
 
2009-10-05 02:14:54 PM  
how about "Fark political thread with 500+ comments but 0 legitimate discussions" 2:1
 
2009-10-05 02:15:32 PM  
ya but..... Baby, can you dig your man?
 
2009-10-05 02:16:09 PM  
Nana's Vibrator: how about "Fark political thread with 500+ comments but 0 legitimate discussions" 2:1

That's clearly a 1:1, so no use in setting the line.
 
2009-10-05 02:17:04 PM  
A green and HOTW nom.

I'm kind of a big deal around here.
 
2009-10-05 02:20:38 PM  
I_C_Weener: Heh. I got one.

FINALLY

now can we shutup about your submissions PLZKTHNX♥
 
2009-10-05 02:20:51 PM  
DeadZone: What's with all the masturbation headlines, all of a sudden?

You gotta go with what you know, man.
 
2009-10-05 02:21:12 PM  
The_Six_Fingered_Man: She comes in colors everywhere: On the upside, sooner or later someone will talk about The Stand by Stephen King. So there's that.

I am NOT walking to Boulder.

Obviously. One does not just WALK into Boulder.


Yeah, they totally do.
 
2009-10-05 02:24:50 PM  
Nana's Vibrator: how about "Fark political thread with 500+ comments but 0 legitimate discussions" 2:1

That's a given.
 
2009-10-05 02:26:19 PM  
"Lady Gaga pulls out of Kanye West, tour"

Nicely done...
 
2009-10-05 02:26:41 PM  
Bacon found to improve taste of beer: OH GOD YES
 
2009-10-05 02:30:08 PM  
masturbation trifecta complete.
 
2009-10-05 02:30:43 PM  
dstanley
Bacon found to improve taste of beer: OH GOD YES

Sounds like someone needs a tissue...
 
2009-10-05 02:34:17 PM  
at80eighty: I_C_Weener: Heh. I got one.

FINALLY

now can we shutup about your submissions PLZKTHNX♥


No. Did you know I was named most likely to get a green in a submission bad mouthing the Mods? Huh?
 
2009-10-05 02:42:13 PM  
I predict that when I'm 80, swine flu will be called Porky's Revenge in all history books
 
2009-10-05 02:43:48 PM  
Sooner or later on The Stand/King thing for Swine Flu?

Drew, Drew, Drew...I have been doing that since day one.

Oh, MSM? Yeah, they are slacking.
 
2009-10-05 02:44:49 PM  
I_C_Weener: No. Did you know I was named most likely to get a green in a submission bad mouthing the Mods? Huh?

braggart
 
2009-10-05 02:49:43 PM  
My first and probably only HOTW entry. Top vote getter for the week too (Washington bails out Detroit once again). Now time for me to slip back into the land of redlights.
 
2009-10-05 02:51:09 PM  
If we're hoping for King's stuff to come true, can't we get a chick to off an entire high school with her telekinetic powers? Or vampires? (scary ones, not the ones that know karate and not the ones that are pale and always look stoned)
 
2009-10-05 02:52:36 PM  
I think Drew is exaggerating a bit the 'swine flu' thing, but I'm from the southern hemisphere, the BETTER hemisphere, so I may be wrong.
 
2009-10-05 03:00:59 PM  
Every strain of influenza is avian in origin.

Just putting that one out there for people to think about.
 
2009-10-05 03:01:51 PM  
global wombats: I think Drew is exaggerating a bit the 'swine flu' thing, but I'm from the southern hemisphere, the BETTER hemisphere, so I may be wrong.

Geez, give you southern hemispherers one Olympics and you think you're all first world countries with running water, electricity and Olive Gardens.
 
2009-10-05 03:05:59 PM  
M-O-O-N, that spells Swine Flu
 
2009-10-05 03:06:24 PM  
cwolf20: I predict that when I'm 80, swine flu will be called Porky's Revenge in all history books

And the Charleston will be renamed the "MooseBayou"

Hmpf.
 
2009-10-05 03:27:41 PM  
Why is there suddenly a crow at my window?
 
2009-10-05 03:31:04 PM  
The_Six_Fingered_Man: She comes in colors everywhere: On the upside, sooner or later someone will talk about The Stand by Stephen King. So there's that.

I am NOT walking to Boulder.

Obviously. One does not just WALK into Boulder.


Dammit, I nearly got caught reading Fark at work because of this. :P
 
2009-10-05 03:32:36 PM  
And to think, I still write for AOL. We never report any of this cool stuff. (Except when I occasionally snag a link from here


/Never begin a sentence with and.
//Okay, I'll go away now.

///Psych
 
2009-10-05 03:36:25 PM  
The conspiracy nutbag at my workplace has already told anyone who can't escape first that the drug companies manufactured the swine flu virus so they could manufacture a vaccine for it.

Why is the media keeping this vital information from us?
 
2009-10-05 03:38:47 PM  
Thanks Drew, for including one of my green-lit headlines in this week's list.

Which was the only headline I got a green-light for this week too. :-(
 
2009-10-05 03:41:59 PM  
brigid_fitch: Why is there suddenly a crow at my window?

Did you mark the head of the judge?
 
2009-10-05 03:42:34 PM  
Don't tell me, I'll tell you.
 
2009-10-05 04:24:39 PM  
Yay! Another three weeks in a row for me!

/Urine charge
 
2009-10-05 04:27:13 PM  
Woo hoo! I love getting a HOTW!

Thanks Janet Jackson.
 
2009-10-05 04:27:35 PM  
brigid_fitch
Why is there suddenly a crow at my window?


Is it knock knock, knocking? Nevermore?
 
2009-10-05 04:35:40 PM  
Majin_Buu
Every strain of influenza is avian in origin.

Just putting that one out there for people to think about.


The Government has been hiding the existence of birdpigman from us for too long.
 
2009-10-05 05:07:31 PM  
You can't pay Drew to take my submissions.
 
2009-10-05 05:34:17 PM  
I'm a bit confused on how the national CDC is now reporting swine flu deaths . . .

The CDC states that H1N1 currently accounts for 99% of all current flu infections, and according to their latest email update (last Friday, Oct 2nd) - between August 30th and Sept 19th, 1,379 people died from the flu. That is not the seasonal total, that is just for those two weeks.

That works out to be a little under 70 people a day - most of whom are younger than 50.
Also, they added 13 kids who died last week from H1N1. More kids have now died from H1N1 than in the entirety of the 2006 flu season.

Drew can downplay it all day, but those are disturbing stats.
 
2009-10-05 07:38:03 PM  
Majin_Buu: Every strain of influenza is avian in origin.
Just putting that one out there for people to think about.



There's 2 3 ways we can go with this.

A- Oh yeah? When pigs fly!
B- Every strain of influenza is avian asian in origin.
FTFY

C- I opened the door & in flew got nuthin'.
 
2009-10-05 11:02:00 PM  
MrSteve007: Drew can downplay it all day, but those are disturbing stats.

Blaming the media for hyping a non-issue is kind of the in thing, but anyone who's read reports from actual health organizations knows that the swine flu thing isn't a joke.

It's important to note that the CDC numbers you're talking about though aren't U.S. numbers, it's a WHO statistic. The U.S. has access to good medical care and vaccines, but this stuff is hitting other areas in the world really hard.
 
2009-10-05 11:31:57 PM  
AtomicPenguin: It's important to note that the CDC numbers you're talking about though aren't U.S. numbers, it's a WHO statistic. The U.S. has access to good medical care and vaccines, but this stuff is hitting other areas in the world really hard.

Actually, no, they *are* CDC numbers . . .

geekpi.com
 
2009-10-06 02:59:38 PM  
Rad
 
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