Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Swine flu may infect half the U.S. population this year, hospitalize 1.8 million patients and lead to as many as 90,000 deaths, more than twice the number killed in a typical seasonal flu, White House advisers said.
In a report by the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, President Barack Obama today was urged to speed vaccine production and name a senior member of the White House staff, preferably the homeland security adviser, to take responsibility for decision-making on the pandemic. Initial doses should be accelerated to mid-September to vaccinate as many as 40 million people, the advisory group said.
Frankly, I think these folks are high strung. But, take a look-see at who's at the center of the swineflue tornado:
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology is chaired by John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology,Stop drinking the tapwater now if you haven't already - even for your tea and coffee.
Stock up on Poland Springs.
Do not touch or hold onto railings on your commuter trains or any other place.
Don't touch faucets or door handles in public bathrooms with your bare hands - use paper towels.
Wash your hands with antibacterial like you've got obsessive compulsive disorder.
Buy antibacterial and drill safety precautions into your children's heads.
And, do check out Michelle Malkin's Obama's Scienze Czar (John Holdren) is a whackjob.
Michelle links to this narrative of Holdren's nutty ideas.
If you're thinking my precautions are reactionary - good luck to you. Those are direct quotes from Holdren's ideas.
In more news over the past 48 hours, the Obama Administration is already using the Veteran's Administration to brainwash sick and suffering veterans into a premature death.
The controversy over a 52 page book called "your life, your choices" that was suspended during the Bush Administration and recently kicked back into circulation and promotion by the White House Wizards. Arlen Spector has called for hearings and suspension of the "hurry up and die" policies being pushed at the VA.
What's the Obama Administration think is healthcare for our veterans:
But Tammy Duckworth, an injured veteran who is the assistant secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs, said the manual is still under revision -- as stated in a disclaimer on the official Web site -- and has not officially been "reinstated."
She said it was one of many options for injured veterans, calling it "simply a tool."
"This ultimately is about the ... health care for veterans," Duckworth said.
Though Duckworth said the document has not been fully vetted, an official directive from July tells VA health practitioners to refer veterans to the document. Duckworth questioned whether that directive had been authorized at the highest levels.
One section titled, "What Makes Your Life Worth Living?," offers a checklist of scenarios -- the person filling out the form is asked to rate whether life would be worth living under each of them.
"I am a severe financial burden on my family," says one of them. "My situation causes severe emotional burden for my family," says another.
A sick bunch.