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Paranoia Pandemic: Swine Flu

In the (seemingly) secluded part of the world which is (seemingly) affected by nothing much, the swine flu outbreak has hit the headlines (especially after 4 H1N1 related deaths have been confirmed in New Zealand), so I decided to put up a post. We have posts on Michael Jackson, Disney, JoBros and even Hannah Montanna (who is a kind of epidemic herself) so why not swine flu?

Swine flu-what is it?
Basically, it’s a new influenza virus also referred to as H1N1. The virus was first detected in April, 2009 in the US and on June 11, 2009 a worldwide pandemic alert was raised to phase 6 (which indicates that a global pandemic is underway) by the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus spreads from person-to-person, in the supposedly same way that regular seasonal flu does. It was originally (and still is-the name’s stuck) referred to as ‘swine flue’ due to lab tests that showed many genes in the new virus were similar to the flu viruses that usually occur in pigs in North America. Further analysis revealed that the virus is actually very different from that of the pigs.

PANDEMIC PARANOIA ON THE LOSE!
Just the other day I watched someone on the news, who had been asked to leave (quite rudely in my opinion) a pet shop in Christchurch because her three-year-old sneezed. “All I said was, ‘She has a cold,’ and [the store person] rolled her eyes and waved her hands and her head, and said, ‘Well people like you come in here and spread the germs, and we have to shut and make ourselves at-risk,’” says Ms Elwood. Fine, so you’re a bit paranoid but there’s no need to be so repulsive about it. I agree that it’s this big thing in like, Australia and the US and stuff but here…flu masks are not necessary. In fact I think that’s being a bit over cautious…But if you are getting totally worked up about this, my (probably not so useful) advice is to take precautions (wash your hands da dee da dee dah…) and avoid the swine flu news, the articles and rumours- seriously worrying yourself sick-literally-isn’t about to do you or anyone else for that matter any good.

If you are the paranoid type, this questionnaire might be for you.

Do you have swine flu?


The Thing about Hannah Montanna…

Look, we’re not trying to have a diss Disney session here or whatever, but just elaborating a bit on what Hafsa said about Disney stars and Hannah Montanna…
WARNING: If you are a Hannah Montanna/Miley Cyrus fan, i’d suggest you don’t read on.
And if you have decided to, let me just say this: I don’t mean to be rude and i’m not taking out some sort of personal revenge/grudge or anything, but i’m just saying it the way i see it. And the way i see it and have put it is slightly obnoxious, and i totally accept that.
With great power, comes great responsibility. And this applies also to fame… and especially to Miley Cyrus. Here’s why:
She has a lot of young fans, and i’m talking like five year olds, and she’s supposedly a role model to them. Well, i wouldn’t want my five year old sister or cousin to be looking up to someone who has scandals as often as she releases songs. So, maybe some of the scandals weren’t so much in her control (i’m not so convinced) but what really irritates me is her attitude. In life you don’t get everything you want so what makes her so different from the rest of us, lesser beings? (OK i know i’m starting to sound the slightest bit stingy and abhorrent) Her little episode with Radiohead, is what i’m talking about. For those of you who don’t know about this (i’m surprised, she pretty much ADVERTISED it internationally) here’s how the story goes; she was at the Grammy’s and Thom Yorke was four dressing rooms away from her so she asked her people to talk to Radiohead’s people and arrange a meeting. Their response? “We don’t really do that” and what does Miss The-World-Revolves-Around-Me do? She cries and throws this amazingly huge tantrum, because Radiohead refused to meet her. She even threatened to RUIN THEM. And who knew, Miley LOVES Radiohead, they’re her “rock god” and the only person she would “cry over”. If she really loved them as much as she claims to, she would know that Thom Yorke is really shy and reclusive and hanging out with a clingy, star-struck teenager at the Grammy’s, hours before his show was not on his bucket list.

And just so i don’t sound too cynical, she can make some nice music (but her music is NOT rock and she is NOT a rock star and neither are the Jo Bros) and as embarrassing as it is, i used to watch Hannah Montanna as a kid and liked it (i’m over it now, thankfully), but like i said, i’m not a big fan and the fact that she acts like she’s superior to everybody else doesn’t help the cause.


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