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  • Reflections On "The Bird Flu". 0 comments
    Apr 3, 2013 7:51 PM

    Its perhaps ironic that my last instablog post was on potentially deadly new diseases that would have immunity to anti-biotics.


    For, now we are seeing increasingly more and more cases of the bird flue emerging in various places around China. It particularly unfortunate to hear that one of the more recent casualties per se of said virus, was a Chef(hence proximity to others' food), according to a CCTV(Chinese television)report that I just heard.


    Perhaps though, even though of course its not good news, it does add some clarity perhaps as to somewhat recent events that have transpired around China as of recently.


    For, lest we forget, everything from some park in China's special black swan's to hordes of pigs have recently been mysteriously dying in the land of the Great Wall.


    Being a big fan of China in general, and having studied its really interesting history quite thoroughly, I have a tendency to watch video logs, and youtube video diaries that deal with China regularly. Hence, when dead pigs started turning up en masse in Chinese rivers, it seemed natural to me, for some research directed me to the conclusion that this went hand in hand with pig-prices being driven low in the area due to excess demand, and hence, businesses/farms, dumping "product" to drive up rates, I know there's a little bit more math to supply and demand than that, but that seemed relatively logical at the time.


    Whether the dead pigs were actually diseased or not is perhaps an interesting piece of information that we may never know, whether they were the first casualties of the new outbreak of "birdflue", or if perhaps their bloated corpses simply facilitated its most recent outbreak, is perhaps a question that wont ever be answered. But needless to say their could presumably be a clear linkage between the pig corpses and this most recent bird flu outbreak, whether that linkage be, that the bacteria in their waterlogged corpses, facilitated the infestation of birds that ate them, or whether they were diseased to begin with is perhaps an interesting point of research.


    Either way, even though of course hearing of a dangerous new disease being "birthed" per se, is never really a good thing, it is helpful at least in perhaps better understanding the negative effects of dumping animal corpses en masse into river, if that wasn't already apparent lol, or perhaps it is also enlightening in that perhaps these pigs, perhaps weren't just done away with for pricing reasons, but perhaps they were diseased, and hence this diseased quality about them perhaps precipitated, their somewhat unceremonious burial at "the river" to for example avoid state ordered culls of the pig farms from whence they came.


    Hence, however one goes about looking at it, this new situation in China is certainly mysterious, and as the contagion continues to spread who can say where it will lead.


    Perhaps one final ironic quality about this new bird flu situation is that these infested birds are potentially more dangerous to the US, than the missiles which North Korea, has newly announces as having pointed at the US, for as the past has shown, migratory birds, can seemingly fly much further than North Korean missiles, hopefully this will continue to be the case.

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