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When Swine Flu Flies

Posted on Aug 28, 2009
Swine Flu Flies

Wild turkeys can fly, but the plumped-up Chilean farm birds found with the virus cannot.

As if the swine flu craziness hadn’t already yet reached a point of ridiculousness with its media sensationalism and the subsequent explosion of public jitters, scientists have now discovered birds in Chile with the virus, raising concern over the spread of H1N1. So, yes—swine flu can fly.

The BBC:

The discovery of swine flu in birds in Chile raises concerns about the spread of the virus, the UN warns.

Last week the H1N1 virus was found in turkeys on farms in Chile. The UN now says poultry farms elsewhere in the world could also become infected.

Scientists are worried that the virus could theoretically mix with more dangerous strains. It has previously spread from humans to pigs.

However, swine flu remains no more severe than seasonal flu.

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By bogi666, September 2, 2009 at 3:37 am Link to this comment

Susan, I take it you mean 666. The 6th trump, the 6th plaque, sixth seal which signifies the imminent appearance of the anti Christ which ushers in the “One World System” or the Beast a system of global control.It’s easy recognized because it’s this dimension of vibratory creation.

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By Susan, August 30, 2009 at 7:14 am Link to this comment
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Bogi,  By the way, what’s your thing with those three numbers ?  It is not associated with anything good.  Each to their own, and you are free to attract anything you like.

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By Susan, August 30, 2009 at 7:12 am Link to this comment
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With all the heat generated, by people learning that this swine flu was engineered in a Lab, I believe having it “turn up” in Turkey farms in Chile is an excellent Red Herring - Now people will be paranoid about turkeys for a while, you see the attempt to Redirect attention away from the fact that the H5N1 flu was not a natural phenomena, it was bio-engineered ( Bioterrorism in action ).
So before you swear off eating turkey, think about the intention of this discovery. It was also engineered….Yes, I am saying they pulled a covert operation to infect those turkeys, because it serves their purpose.

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By bogi666, August 29, 2009 at 8:26 am Link to this comment

This gives a whole new meaning to the quip “when pigs fly”. As for me I know that god will protect me because I’m so damn exceptional and god know that I haven’t finished my work on earth. My secret, I have made god in the image of man and have professed myself saved although this is contrary to the bible. How to tell if a person isn’t saved? Anyone who still lives in this dimension of vibratory creation, created from God’s imagination,isn’t saved since salvation occurs in a spiritual dimension and only God can declare someone as saved which occurs after a millennium of spiritual truth teaching. But I’m a total egomaniac and I know that god has special dispensation for me because I created my god in my image and I can’t be wrong. Despite what the bible says that “God is no respecter of person” and “the sun shines and the rain fall on the just and the unjust alike” which means an impersonal God which makes human responsible for their conduct rather than the pretend christian false doctrine of; “I’m not responsible god told me to do it and/or Satan made me do it and I’m not responsible” because I created god in my image and my grossly over inflated ego tells me that I’m exceptional and not responsible for my conduct/misconduct whatever the case may be.

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By christian96, August 29, 2009 at 4:14 am Link to this comment

Outraged—-I appreciate your concern.  If I gave the
impression that I am “worried” I gave the wrong
impression.  I have no fear of death.  God is not
going to let me die until I get my work on earth
finished.  I related my experiences because the
author of the article wrote “However, swine flu
remains no more severe than seasonal flu.”  I take
issue with that assertion.  I’ve had swine flu and
seasonal flu.  There is a difference.  That’s why
I related my experiences with swine flu.  However,
there are other extaneous variables to consider.
Age being the major one.  I am much older now than
when I had seasonal flu.  The BALLS story was just
to inject a little humor.  It happened though. Just
the way I related it.  I have not read “Down The
Rabbit Hole.”  Who is the author?

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By Outraged, August 29, 2009 at 12:30 am Link to this comment

Re: christian96

Your comment: “I hope I’m immune
to it now.”

Yes, you are immune.  But either way…. you as well as “I” know your god will “save you”, so what’s the worry…...?

From my perspective, you appear “worried”, of course that is MY PERSPECTIVE, and this I understand.  I did have that nagging thought though….... why do you worry?  “God” is on your side…. I mean, according to you.... right?

So why worry…?  “You’re good”..... I mean from YOUR perspective….  If I were YOU, certainly I would NOT disqualify “God’s power”.  It appears to me, as an atheist…. you have “lost faith”.  Chill out, my friend…... you DO NOT NEED to “worry” about modern medicine’s factual data regarding YOUR BALLS.

Simply by engaging what you have claimed all along…. YOU…. can simply, “TRUST IN GOD”.  Certainly, I think you should PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH.  Balls or no balls, will not your God love you?  What of the eunuchs…?  Does God not love eunuchs?  Certainly, you should engage the practices of the eunuchs, God loves all, all the same.  I mean…. according to you, right?

Odd… that you should concern yourself with your BALLS rather than God.  From your many posts regarding the matter, it would not be a leap to entertain the notion that YOUR BALLS are more important than “God”.

Have you ever read the book, “Down the Rabbit Hole”, I sense you might like it.

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By christian96, August 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm Link to this comment

About a month ago I spent 8 days in the hospital
with the Swine Flu.  I hadn’t been feeling well for
a couple of weeks.  Spent a lot of hours in bed
sleeping.  I live by myself.  When I got chest pains
and swollen ankles I said, “Well, it’s time for another visit to an emergency room.” I got in my car
and made my way towards the hospital.  After several
hours in the emergency room I was finally wheeled
off to my room.  I hadn’t been in my room an hour
when I became extremely ill.  My stomach was distended and painful.  I tried to reach the nurse.
When she finally came into my room I said, “I’m sick.
I need to see a doctor!”  She responded, “The doctor
is making her rounds.  She will be in to see you
later.”  I tried to say, “I need to see her now”
but before I could get the words out, I threw up
all over the floor.  She got the doctor.  I continued
voimiting and lost control of my bowels.  I ran a
temperature of 103.  I began chilling and couldn’t
stop shaking.  My throat was sore.  My head ached.
I was as sick as I had ever been.  I wasn’t sure
I was going to make it.  Eight days later when I was
packing to drive home the respitory therapist stuck
his head in my room and said, “I’m glad to see you
going home.  When I saw you the first day you came
in I left your room thinking that guy isn’t going to
make it.”  I had a couple interesting experiences
while in the hospital.  When I started feeling better
I ask the doctor to see someone from cardiology.
She replied, “There is nothing wrong with your heart.”  Since she was a specialist in Internal
Medicine I inquired how she knew there was nothing
wrong with my heart.  She replied, “I can tell from
your blood tests.”  She had several young interns
with her.  I probably shouldn’t have embarrassed her
in front of the interns but I wasn’t feeling well so
out of my mouth came the words, “Blood tests only
tell you whether or not I have had a heart attack.
They don’t tell you about the condition of my heart.”
A couple of days after being discharged I went to see
a cardiologist.  After looking at my swollen ankles
he put me into another hospital where I was given
lasix through an IV until the swelling went down.
Then he did a catherization and discovered I have
congestive heart failure.  While in the hospital
with Swine Flu I had to wear a diaper because of
diarrhea.  One day a nurse from Costa Rica was
changing my diaper.  After cleaning me she sprayed
a disinfectant on my buttocks.  Some of the spray
got on my testicles and set me afire.  I began
yelling, “My balls are burning.  My balls are on fire.” She ran to the sink soaked a cloth with cold
water and placed it on my testicles.  After things
returned to normal the nurses and I had a big laugh
about the experience.  One of the nurses said, “I’m
going to put a large sign on the board which reads
A little humor was welcome during my miserable
experience with the Swine Flu.  I hope I’m immune
to it now.

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By rico, suave, August 28, 2009 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment

H1N1- Score another victory for the CIA labs at Ft Detrick. Reliable studies, posted on, predict 2 billion deaths, nearly all of whom are non-white women and children in the lowest two economics quintiles. The virus has the uncanny ability to discriminate between gender and skin color. It is rendered 100% harmless by a weekly dose of pate de fois gras and a nice Chateau Nuef du Pape. Those guys at the CIA are GENIUSES I tell you!

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By Blackspeare, August 28, 2009 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment

Here we go again——more dire emergency advice from your friendly US government bureaucrats——they just gotta make themselves indispensable.  Better to play it safe then sorry while giving the pharmas a windfall!

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