OCTOBER 14, 2004.

You've seen the press reports. Flu vaccine stolen from a doctor's office, now on the black market. Some flu jabbers charging $80 to $100 dollars a shot. Outrageous. Criminal. The CDC is running down these people. Will prosecute.

Well, I'm sure there is some truth to these tales. That's what makes a great cover story.

What's behind it, though? The fact that somewhere between 6 and 27 million contaminated Chiron flu shots were shipped into the US BEFORE the ban was put on Chiron.

Notice how THIS story is fading from press accounts.

A few days ago, Reuters reported that the CDC was trying to track down pharmacies and doctors' offices and clinics where the Chiron shots may have been shipped from US distributors' warehouses.

But now, that revelation is taking a back seat to the more gut-level tales of people overcharging for a jab.

I'm sure we'll be getting coverage of "unscrupulous Doctor X" who offered patients a flu shot for $90 and this mother couldn't afford it so her son has to go without his vaccine and the whole family is worried he'll get sick and die because he gets very sick every fall from the flu and the kid has a guitar he loves and he wants to sell it to have the money for the shot but his mother says he loves that guitar and he's in a little rock band in kindergarten at school and it's the only thing that gives him a sense of self-worth and the kid's father left the family in the lurch four years ago because he was drinking and he said goodbye to his son one day after he dropped him off at school and the son hasn't seen him since and now a local businessman has ponied up the $90 and the kid can get the shot and the businessman is putting together a group that's donating money for free shots but there isn't enough vaccine available so the group is flying in vaccine from Canada and they hope it arrives in time but there is always a chance that in transit the vaccine won't be frozen at the right temperature and so it will be spoiled and contaminated and no one is sure what to do and the county medical association hopes it can examine the vaccine and test it but it doesn't have sophisticated equipment so they're appealing to health officials at the state capitol where they do have the equipment but there's so much red tape and meanwhile there are pickets outside Doctor X's office and he said he never said $90 and it was all a misunderstanding but now he doesn't have any vaccine left and he has retained a lawyer and he's suing Chiron because it's all their fault and Chiron states it acted in good faith...



OCTOBER 14, 2004.

Here is an excerpt from a WebMD article dated December 11, 2003, written by Daniel DeNoon. The headline was FLU WIDESPREAD OVER NEARLY HALF OF US. The piece, from last year, mainly pumped up hysteria about the 2003 flu season---which turned out to be relatively light when all was said and done.

The most explosive paragraph, in retrospect, concerned Chiron:

“Meanwhile, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today that the government will buy the last remaining 100,000 doses of the adult vaccine from Aventis Pharmaceuticals. It's also buying the last 150,000 doses of pediatric vaccine from that manufacturer, although shipment of the pediatric dosage won't happen until January. Thompson and the FDA also are looking into buying -- and licensing -- some 500,000 doses of a Chiron Corp. flu vaccine approved in Europe but not the U.S.”

So the question is, did the FDA go ahead and buy 500,000 flu shots from Chiron (shots that had not been approved as safe by the FDA), and did those shots get into the arms of Americans?

If so, does the FDA have the lot numbers and can it track what happened to the people who were injected?

I have a strong feeling, based on experience, that if I call the FDA, I will get the run-around. However, reporters from major outlets might have more luck, if they press it.




OCTOBER 14, 2004. Here is a brief excerpt from last night night’s presidential debate. It involves the flu vaccine.

My comments are in brackets.

SCHIEFFER: New question, Mr. President, to you.

We are talking about protecting ourselves from the unexpected, but the flu season is suddenly upon us. Flu kills thousands of people every year.

Suddenly we find ourselves with a severe shortage of flu vaccine. How did that happen?

BUSH: Bob, we relied upon a company out of England to provide about half of the flu vaccines for the United States citizen, and it turned out that the vaccine they were producing was contaminated. And so we took the right action and didn't allow contaminated medicine into our country. [THE COMPANY IS AMERICAN. CHIRON. HEADQUARTERED IN CALIFORNIA. IT HAS A PLANT IN LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND.]

We're working with Canada to hopefully -- that they'll produce a -- help us realize the vaccine necessary to make sure our citizens have got flu vaccinations during this upcoming season.

My call to our fellow Americans is if you're healthy, if you're younger, don't get a flu shot this year. Help us prioritize those who need to get the flu shot, the elderly and the young. [The ones who are most likely to have a severe adverse effect from the vaccine.]

The CDC, responsible for health in the United States, is setting those priorities and is allocating the flu vaccine accordingly.

I haven't gotten a flu shot, and I don't intend to because I want to make sure those who are most vulnerable get treated. [“Ain’t gonna catch me getting that shot. Remember when Tommy Thompson said there was a vial of smallpox vaccine with every American’s name on it, and then I got my shot, and later he said the vaccine was dangerous and he was advising every member of cabinet not to get it, and there I was with my ass hanging out in the breeze?”]

We have a problem with litigation in the United States of America. Vaccine manufacturers are worried about getting sued, and therefore they have backed off from providing this kind of vaccine. [Spin, baby, spin. Obviously, you know nothing about the federal program of compensation for vaccine-injury victims. The program everybody has to go through before they sue a vaccine manufacturer, the program where it takes years going up against gov lawyers to get a few dollars through corridors of a Kafka-like hell.]

One of the reasons I'm such a strong believer in legal reform is so that people aren't afraid of producing a product that is necessary for the health of our citizens and then end up getting sued in a court of law. [Cronyism plus sheer idiocy. If a drug company makes a product that injures or kills somebody, there is no recourse to sue?]

But the best thing we can do now, Bob, given the circumstances with the company in England is for those of us who are younger and healthy, don't get a flu shot.

End of debate excerpt



OCTOBER 13, 2004. These days, the CDC or the World Health Organization can report a new disease outbreak, and no matter how small the actual case numbers are, if the media package is wrapped in the proper tone of warning/hysteria backed up with scientific giggle-gaggle, everybody bows down and worries.

This is a major feat of PR.

The public has pretty much abandoned its own sense of what numbers mean.

Hell, most people have no idea how many people live in the US, any other nation, or the world.

Let us take three situations. SARS, so-called avian flu, and West Nile Disease.

First of all, as I have covered in past articles, there is no convincing proof that West Nile and SARS have ever been isolated as distinct viruses. So, right from the start, we're treading on very thin ice.

Anyway, since SARS was named, WHO stats show that 8096 human cases have occurred, worldwide, and there have been 774 deaths.

Since January 28, 2004, WHO reports 43 cases of human avian flu, and 31 deaths. Globally.

The CDC states there are no reliable estimates for West Nile Disease in humans, worldwide. In the US, since 1999, there have been 9122 reported cases of serious WN Disease, and 628 people have died.

I could add various limiting qualifiers to these stats (which would lower case numbers), but I'll forego that here.

Think about the stats, and try to put them in some sort of context.

People die all the time. Millions, for example, die of starvation.

100,000 people in the US alone die from the correct administration of FDA-approved medical drugs every year.

It is certain, in the SARS, WN, and avian flu situation, that some of the deaths have resulted from a combination of prior illness plus toxic medical drugs.

All in all, we are talking about a drop in the bucket, when it comes to death and West Nile, avian flu, and SARS.

Yet, people are looking over their shoulders for a virus with teeth and claws. And when they get sick, they accept whatever their doctors tell them.

I bring all this up, because I think that the recent John Keller revelations about VERY, VERY FEW PEOPLE DYING FROM FLU IN THE US EVERY YEAR are flying right into the radar of the public, which reflects: "Any number of deaths is frightening, no matter how few, as long as the CDC or WHO claims it's a threat to us all."

A million, 36,000, a thousand, seven hundred, four. It doesn't matter. People don't make distinctions.

What matters is the tone of the announcement and who is announcing it.

That, my friends, is called slavery, is called fascism. And although it may not be immediately apparent, the people who are wielding the spin are ultimately after political power.

There is one more factor to add in. The word is CONTAGION. The public has been conditioned up to its eyeballs to view POSSIBLE contagion as a dire threat, even when it doesn't pan out.

Even when, in the matter of so-called SARS in Hong Kong, it was discovered that a quarter of all the cases being reported centered on the Amoy Apartments complex, where feces were leaking through toilet pipes from apartment to apartment. Fecal-borne illness doesn't need people with samples under microscopes, doesn't need spinning centrifuges, in a hunt for viruses. That doesn't cure anyone. Plumbers cure people.



OCTOBER 13, 2004. Two days ago, I posted a long piece which made a case for the fact that, in the US, very few people die from the flu.

As of this morning, that piece is still on this page. See bottom story on this scroll. [article now in archives]

John Keller started the ball rolling with a report that exposed the CDC's own death stats---once pneumonia had been broken away from the eternal CDC category called "pneumonia/flu."

Keller found, online, the CDC's flu-death stats for 2002 and 2001. Total for the two years? Slightly more than 1000. Far, far, below the tired old 36,000-per-year figure the CDC trots out at the beginning of every so-called flu season.

Two other readers of this site, John Cullison and Martin Maloney, searched and confirmed Keller's discovery. A third reader came on board with the same results.

Make no mistake about it. This is an astounding find. It undermines and undercuts the US government's ceaseless pounding to "get a flu shot."

So far, no mainstream news outlet has picked up on Keller's report. And, as far as I can tell, very few alternative news outlets have, either.

Of course, if queried, the CDC will tell you that its welded pneumonia/flu category is necessary because, quite often, flu leads to pneumonia.

This is a generality, and as with most generalities, it is passed from hand to mouth without detailed investigation.

Such an investigation would, first of all, confirm analyses of a great number of flu cases in which flu viruses have actually been found in patients (viruses, not antibodies to viruses) in very, very large numbers. (Very, very large numbers of flu viruses in each patient.)

Step two would consist of showing that in these genuine flu cases, pneumonia often follows. THAT would entail isolating pneumonia germs (not antibodies) in very large numbers, in these patients.

Why am I so insistent on the finding of large numbers of germs in a given patient? Because that is what you need to say that the germs are contributing to illness. Just as it takes many people to dig up a huge field with small shovels, it takes many, many germs to contribute to disease in a patient.

(Even then, the map is incomplete, because prior to the "germ invasion," something else has gone wrong with the patient. His immune defense was weakened, as a result of non-germ factors: poor nutrition, unsanitary living conditions, overcrowding, contaminated water, toxic medical drugs, chemical insult, and so on.)

I would be quite willing to look at well-done studies which show, in the manner I have described, that pneumonia often follows flu. I don't mean pilot studies with a few patients. I mean studies that analyze several thousand patients at a time. Show them to me.

Doctors or researchers who say, "Oh yes, I've often seen flu lead to pneumonia," or "Everyone in the field knows that flu leads to pneumonia," are ruled out. That is hearsay and rumor.

Beyond the well-done studies I am asking for, it would be necessary to confirm that flu progressing into pneumonia often results in death. Because that is what we are talking about. Death stats.

At this point, I see absolutely no reason for the CDC to lump flu with pneumonia in one category and list deaths for both as one stat.

In which case, we fall back on Keller's discovery that, by the CDC's own admission, buried deep in its files, very few people die from the flu.

Which creates yet another reason to look with amazement on all this fear-mongering surrounding getting flu shots.

I'd venture to say that, in my brief appearance on the Coast to Coast AM radio show Monday night, only a small number of the 5-10 million listeners registered my mention of Keller's revelation. It was too startling. It came out of the blue. It was against the grain of so much government/medical propaganda.

In the same way, media outlets are hesitant, to say the least, to pick up on this. It sounds preposterous. "Well, if what you're saying is true, then why is the government doing so much to..." "How could this be?" "Why would the CDC trumpet 36,000 deaths a year from the flu when its own figures contradict that?"

I am personally immune to such wondering, because for the last 20 years, as a reporter, I have run into this type of situation over and over.

You would do well to read or re-read my long piece at the bottom of this scroll.

It contains information that is a key to understanding the situation behind the situation we are now witnessing vis-a-vis Chiron and the flu-vaccine scandal of 2004.

John Keller's original report can be found at:  

John Cullison's report (which adds details to Keller) can be found at: