Well my little dumplings, there is something new to be hysterical about, other than terrorism and the ineptitude of our own government during natural disasters.
Who else remembers the President telling the American public to keep an eye out for terrorists, that there were big terror plans afoot and he trusted the American public to report any suspicions to avert an attack? This is the same crowd that keeps Las Vegas a big money-maker. (Yes, Econo-Girl hates Vegas and gambling).
But now we have something new to distract us from the looting of our national Treasury. It is bird flu hysteria. The latest fear orgy is dependent on the short supply of bird flu vaccine.
The BBC Newshour radio program had a segment about the prioritization of flu shots. There is a couple there who claim that 70 years on Earth is a good, long time and the elderly should not be at the top of the list for getting flu vaccines. Children should be. Their evidence is that last flu pandemic after World War I, most of the fatalities were children, not the elderly. So their argument is that children should get the vaccine first.
A lot can be said about a civilization by examining how their resources are allocated. Older people are valued more than in 1915. But are children valued less? Should older Americans be asked to volunteer their flu vaccine to a waiting child? I bet a lot of them would do it. Econo-Girl, the font of wisdom on most fronts, has no ready answer to this issue. But it is one that should at least be discussed.