Thursday, May 14, 2009

Not Welcome in Egypt

I left the States just as the Swine Flu story broke around the world. My initial reaction to the media-driven frenzy was to roll my eyes and take bets on when the H1N1 fervor would die down. Between CNN, BBC, and the Internet, I thought I had seen the worst of the hysteria and then Egypt involved itself. The solution to stopping the tide of Swine Flu here, you see, was to slaughter every single pig in the country.

In the immortal words of our good friend Antin (he’s all about the econ), “That there’s crazy talk!”

It makes me wonder what they will do when the normal everyday human flu hits Egypt. *eek*

16 comments:

Maricris Zen Mama said...

*eeks* INDEED! It's a bloody shame. This swine flu has definitely created a lot of hysteria everywhere.
Anyway, how have u been?

illahee said...

such unneeded waste. *sigh* at least it hasn't been that silly in japan. well, it HAS, but at least there wasn't wasteful slaughter here....

Protege said...

I have stopped watching the news, as it is just hype and craziness all the time. I always get so depressed, and I am tired of the way media works these days.
Wanted to tell you that I saw a documentary about the A380 yesterday, got to think about your post;))
Have a lovely "flue free" Friday.;)

LadyFi said...

Incredible! I don't think that will stop swine flu spreading though ... they will have to close down the airports etc. as it is airborne and can spread very easily...

Anonymous said...

After SARS, anything goes. Although going to the hospital during this latest outbreak was (somewhat) scary.
But all the pigs...as you say, what next?
merthyrmum

Ginger said...

I rolled my eyes about the media hype over the "Swine" flu too! What is the theory of killing all the pigs. I know that you can't get the Swine flu from eating pork! Can you get it just by being close to a pig? Your trip sounds amazing.

Betty said...

That just shows you how the press can make even a whole government go "nuts"!! That is awful!

Gaston Studio said...

That was just awful to hear about and the footage was gross. The poor Copts, having to start all over. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

Jane

Caution Flag said...

And here we think we've evolved into such an advanced society. In our neighborhood, entire schools closed for days when they suspected they MIGHT have one case of the flu.

American in Norway said...

I second that..EEEEK. Lets hope this all passes quickly! Have a super weekend. Look forward to hearing your thoughts on Oslo... : )

American in Norway said...

Umm. never mind.. I AM losing my mind..

GutsyWriter said...

So glad the us MEDIA HAS QUIT talking about the swine flu. I am happy to get to other matters again. Panic spreads so quickly and the media thrives on this, despite what they say.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I think the media hype was just to get our mind off the economy. What a shame panic was spread this way.

Nicki and Mathis said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog yesterday on my SITS day!! Cannot believe you're currently in Egypt... that is amazing!! Best of luck for safe travels and good health... stay away swine flu!

NicoleB said...

Hubby told me about that.
Insanity rules!

Jemma Ruby said...

this drove me nuts and is so silly- I dont even think doctors can really discern between swine flu and a bad regular flu. Here in the UAE we have spe cial pork shops and they were all closed down for about two weeks. All is back to normal now though.