Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu a Bunch of Hype, For Now

Swine flu panic is sweeping the globe mostly do to overblown rumors and a misunderstanding of the disease.  It has been reported even by major news media that there have been over 150 deaths do to the virus outbreak across the globe when in fact the WHO has reported only 7, all but 1 in Mexico and the 1 in the US was a small child that just traveled from Mexico to Texas for medical treatment.  The CDC reports the total number of reported cases in the US is only 99 cases, 51 of which are in New York.

  Some countries are banning flights to and from Mexico as well as advising their citizens not to travel to the US or Spain.  In addition 10 countries put a stop to pork imports despite the disease not being carried by the meat or food.  Not to say this is not a good idea, and is crucial for disease containment, but to have the stock market panic over false data and doomsdayers is silly.

   Doing some research on the disease you will see that Swine Flu is version of influenza, and is not necessarily any more dangerous the the common cold.  In the first week of February 2008 alone the common cold and flu caused or attributed to 7.6% of all deaths and there have already been 55 child deaths from the cold in 2009.  The yearly estimate for deaths from the flu or complications from it is ~20,000.  
   So, if you are one of the panicers cool your jets, wash your hands more, and look at some research.  Stop fearing every subway ride will be your last and that every Mexican is the grim reaper.  
-Idaho Bob-
P.S.  I am not saying this is not serious or dangerous but am reacting to the overreaction of the world media and doomsdayers.  As Child Like Robot pointed out Spanish flu killed 20 to 100 million people worldwide from 1918 to 1920.  But also, remember that penicillin was not even discovered until 1928 and the limitations of the medical, telecommunications, and disease containment abilities of the early 1990s.  
    For a good look at the extremes people are taking such as blockading pork imports, scrubbing public toilets bi-hourly, banning airport kissing, slaughtering pigs despite no evidence the disease comes from them, encouraging waves instead of handshakes as greetings, and restricting flight to spanish speaking countries with no viral cases,  read HERE.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New DoP Reel - Documentary & Television

If you go to VIMEO, make sure to watch it in HD!

Music by Dan Deacon from the album BROMST

Links to some full pieces:
-Idaho Bob-

Thursday, April 16, 2009

If you don't matter to God...

Thanks to Sam J for sending over this Christian jem.
-Idaho Bob-

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009