- I am fortunate to have as a pen-pal a
guy who has tracked the global bird-flu menace closely enough to understand
it in ways that the news media evidently do not. He got my serious attention
a while back with some interesting (and so far, profitable) thoughts concerning
which stocks to short ahead of an all-but-inevitable bird-flu panic. Is
it possible for one guy to know more than all of the newspapers and magazines
that have been covering the story? I'd say yes, since I was in much the
same position myself a few years back, covering the mounting Y2K juggernaut
for clients of a high-powered research firm.
- Inveterate doomsdayist that I am, after
three years of exhaustive fact-gathering I was nonetheless able to predict
as early as mid-1999 that a sunny outcome lay in store for planet Earth.
Having interviewed many hundreds of information-system honchos in health
care, manufacturing, banking, electrical power, transportation and other
sectors, and having learned in intricate detail about the remedial steps
they were taking, I became absolutely confident that the dreaded midnight
hour would come and go with nary a significant incident. And so it did.
- With regard to the bird-flu threat, my
pen-pal, Erich Simon, appears to be similarly on top of the facts. He has
not only been gathering and organizing huge amounts of data, but parsing
the details in such a way as to buttress intuitive conclusions. I've reprinted
his most recent letter below, but let me caution you that this is scary
stuff. Indeed, the more one knows about bird flu and the steps being taken
to prevent a pandemic, the more acutely one comes to understand how easily
this diabolical virus could defeat our best defenses.
- Research 'Ritual'
- Here's Erich:
- "Three months before H5N1 came across
my radar screen, I e-mailed my ex, now living in Aspen, telling her that
this was going to be the flu that would kill off a quarter to a half of
the world's population. While I knew that the 'bird virus' had been around
before, I paid attention -- as I always do with such outbreaks, including
SARS that these were always localized events with impact on certain
sectors like tourism and various overseas financial markets, but not significant
enough to change my life. Still, because of the unusually lethal nature
of H5N1, my research into the subject has became a daily ritual.
- "It made sense at the time that
this was a naturally occurring phenomenon. After all, with human overcrowding
in proximity to animals, AIDS set the stage for speculation about such
conflagrations. But the way in which this flu is being spun by the news
media, and handled by the government, suggests nothing so much as incipient
panic-control. We are now being officially instructed to stockpile tuna
and powdered milk. For our benefit? It sounds ludicrous, since the virus
will come home from school with your children, or from the office, clinging
to your spouse; or through the air ducts in your home. Sounds to me like
a way to keep the masses indoors, locked down in fear, to curtail rioting
and such until the virus has run its course.
- Eye of Hurricane
- "And this grace period that we now
find ourselves in? It's like the eye of a hurricane, a time to ramp up
vaccine production when, early on, the ramping up is now revealed to have
been nothing more than a myth. And the talking heads who would deign to
put facts behind the futility of any measurable health response have been
silenced. Early estimates were that it would take three years to use antiquated
vaccine technology (i.e., chicken eggs) to protect even a small percentage
of the U.S. citizenry, and that no vaccine could even be attempted until
the virus had mutated. The flu strains are quite specific and apparently
endless in their spectrum.
- "Then, there was 'official' shock
when it dawned on the talking heads that, even if we could vaccinate as
much as 20 percent of the U.S. population within three years, it would
be physically impossible to accommodate even 2 percent of the Asian world.
Having exported our manufacturing base overseas, the U.S. would face anarchy
no matter how many survived here.
- "Meanwhile, the bungling White House
has been kept in the dark, although the official plan is for our nation's
leaders to retreat into an underground bunker (i.e., Air Force One), where
vaccine will most certainly be available to them. Some months ago there
was an emergency meeting in the White House, a fire drill -- the first
of its kind so far as I know -- and it was to 'make the hard decisions
relating to H5N1.' The President and Vice President were purposely excluded,
and the four-hour session was restricted to just 22 individuals. All other
information was held in utter secrecy. We know only that the meeting took
place, and that the tuna-and-powdered milk pamphlets were disseminated
- Flu as 'Agent'?
- "Can we rule out the possibility
that bird-flu is being used as an agent of destruction? Unfortunately not.
For, what better way to eliminate an enemy, or an entire human population,
than via the global migratory-bird thruways? To avoid culpability, H5N1
would 'originate' in a place as far away as possible from the locus of
death. It would have to kill quickly, as indeed it does. First reports
had victims dying in a week; now, they are dead within a day of becoming
symptomatic. Moreover, a growing number of deaths involve victims who had
no contact with birds.
- "With the technology revolution
of the past ten years, it seems likely that government virologists have
developed vaccines that can be produced by means other than the antiquated
chicken-egg method. There is a race in genetic manipulations by a lot of
biotech gold diggers right now. It would be naive to believe that the government
has not developed genetic based vaccines and that these are not standing
ready no matter what the pandemic.
- Romanian 'Cure'
- "Of course, much of what I'm saying
will be shrugged off as pure rubbish. That's why I will need to buttress
my suspicions with all the hard facts I can dig up. At this point there
is too much to speculate. I am sending you this letter only because the
whole thing is getting stranger and more contradictory by the minute. There
are common threads of calamity, but no one can keep their stories straight.
Now there's a 'cure' -- from Romania, of all places -- and it appears that
foreign governments are embarking on their own campaign to quell overseas
- "While I seriously doubt that terrorists
are connected with the flu's spread, I cannot rule out those at the highest
level of our global power regime. That is, the guys above the President
-- the same ones who finance wars for profit. I'm not attempting to extrapolate
a conspiracy theory, but there's something fishy about how this is all
going down. Someone running our government understands knows
that this is a VERY big event.
- "The virus is amazingly deadly.
You inhale a microbe and it multiplies in the back of your throat like
crazy. It moves into your lungs and kills you by knocking out your immune
system. If I was going to design a population-killer, this would be my
- Canned Tuna
- A year ago, I bought a whole lot
of canned tuna because of my newfound fear of an Avian Flu pandemic. I
have been following this issue since, and now the government is telling
people to buy tuna! It made sense to me back then. But now it doesn't because
I've had a year to cogitate. And it makes me wonder if a whole lot of people
are gonna get blindsided.
- "Because none of this has been thought
out. Our emergency preparedness that supposedly sprung into modern times
after the YK scare doesn't even exist. It's like the government's running
on empty, half the voters on one side, half on the other, and politics
and corruption right in the middle. Just what you'd expect if you were
living like there was no tomorrow. And all these disaster movies bombarding
couch potatoes into a sleepy walk over the cliff. It's bizarre in its timing
- Bob Hamrick
- The article never answers the question
it asks, and adds nothing to the store of relevant information already
available on the Internet. However, the short answer is , "Yes. It
can be beaten." The longer answer requires some groundwork, first.
- 1.) Vaccines are useless as a means of
accomplishing their stated purposes. They serve only to transfer wealth
to the owners of pharmaceutical companies, strengthen the political power
of the elites, and kill off masses of the "useless eaters" (us)
they so despise.
- 2.) NO "virus", bacterium,
or fungus can infect and kill anyone who has an uncompromised immune system.
This latest designer-engineered pandemic will ONLY be "beaten"
by INDIVIDUALS who take whatever dietary and/or lifestyle changes they
need to, to bulletproof their God-given immune systems.
- 3.) Access to effective anti-viral supplements,
anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and information concerning same is therefore
ESSENTIAL to the survival of individuals, which is why the government is
trying so desperately to limit all of these.
- Bob Hamrick
- Palm Coast, FL