Thursday, March 16, 2006

Chicken of the Sea as Defense for Chicken Flu?

Is it just me, or did the Tuna Fish And Powdered Milk Under The Bed story come and go without a word from anyone?

How is it that the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Michael Leavitt, tells Americans that they are unable to stop the spread of bird flu, and therefore Americans are advised to stockpile canned tuna and powdered milk UNDER THEIR BEDS... and the story comes and goes with barely a peep from anyone?!?

Are we so conditioned to idiocy and incompetance from the Bush Administration that we simply accept it and shrug it off?

Today, for the first time, I actually heard more specifics on the logistics of stockpiling:
“When you go to the store and buy three cans of tuna fish, buy a fourth and put it under the bed,” Leavitt said. “When you go to the store to buy milk, buy powdered milk and put that under the bed.”
Leavitt sharply dialed down the rhetoric later in the week, emphasizing that there is no need for panic.

No, of course not. Just get the damned tuna and milk and shove it under your mattress, for God's sake. Tell ya what... the next time I go to the store and buy ... ohhh, I dunno... TAMIFLU... I'll get an extra one and put THAT under the bed, mmmmmmkay?

Note the ominous bird in the logo at HHS?

Other pearls of wisdom from Leavitt? On the impending arrival of the virus to American shores, he stated, "That would not be a crisis.... It would only be a crisis if it began to infect people."

Thanks, Sherlock. Here's another one. Fire only hurts if it burns you, mmmmmkay?

So, relax. As Leavitt says, "Pandemics happen...'' Of course, he doesn't mention the mercury levels of the tuna he's recommending that you put under your bed. Mercury levels that rose during the time when he was at the EPA. So, if the flu doesn't get you, the mercury will.

Bon appetit!

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  • Blogger Lizbeth posted at 11:16 AM  
    He didn't say what to do if you dont like tuna.. oh no, now Im going to starve when the bird flu hits.

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