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Three Flu Over the Ukraine's Nest
by Edgar J. Steele

November 16, 2009


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"One flew East and One flew West,
And one flew over the cuckoo's nest."
  ---From the Mother Goose nursery Rhyme: Vintery, Mintery, Cutery, Com

"I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this."
  ---Jack Nicholson, as R. P. McMurphy, in
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

My name is Edgar J. Steele.

Ken Kesey’s masterwork, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” made into a smash motion picture of the same name starring Jack Nicholson, has become an underground icon for sanity adrift in a sea of insanity of every sort.  A book on par with Orwell's 1984, it never has attained the level of adoration that I feel it deserves, in part because of its complexity and insistence upon operating on several levels at once, not all of them consistently anti-establishment and some of them decidedly unpleasant.   

The book, more than the movie, is a sort of acid trip in that it becomes an exercise in forced self-introspection, never a consistently pleasurable experience.  If you haven't read it, get a copy and read it now.  You have been seriously deprived.

(While I am busy plugging other people's work, let me slip in a blatant plug for my friends in Pokerface, what I like to call the house band for the new American Revolution:  Their new album, Peace or War, now is out.  It is good.  They are in my pantheon of heroes.  Get a copy of it, too.)

By the way, take this to the bank:  those lost souls who insist that they had “bad trips” on acid in the past merely are those who could not bear to confront the harsh reality of themselves and their own normal self-delusion for a nonstop eleven hours.  And, God, how I wish there were such things as “acid flashbacks.”  I honestly believe that if we were to add a little LSD to the water supply every Monday morning, war and discord of every sort would vanish from the face of the Globe.  Did you know that LSD is chemically identical to a substance produced in exceedingly small quantities in the human brain, by the way?

It is no accident that Kesey was an early proponent and user of LSD (see Tom Wolfe’s seminal “Electric Kool Aid Acid Test” for a brilliant account of a real-life journey down author Ken Kesey’s road to self discovery). 

Writ large, life itself is the ultimate “bad acid trip,” I suppose.  That is the good news, folks.

At times, I feel a true kinship with Cuckoo’s Nest protagonist McMurphy/Nicholson, feeling the need to spur my fellow inmates on to independence and the joy-cum-horror of self discovery.  At other times, I long for the peace and tranquility of the inevitable lobotomization thrust upon Cuckoo's Nest hero by an envious and emasculated establishment due to his insistence upon nonconformity and freedom.

But I digress, as they say.  Even so, what I just have related bears directly upon what seems to be emerging from far-Eastern Europe these days.  There was a reason I chose that title for my little essay of a couple of weeks ago, you know (One Flu Over the Ukraine’s Nest), though I never explained it at the time. 

The rate of deaths to infections being reported in former Soviet breakaway republic Ukraine, from whatever source, continues to be extremely low.  This Ukrainian “plague” appears to be more benign than the common cold, based simply upon the stats, yet still hysteria abounds.  Put two or three zeros behind the death figures and the stories make sense. 

Just the truly huge infection rate in just 2 or 3 weeks (over a million in a country with a population of about 45 million and pretty much isolated to its Western region) and the fact that three viruses are operating at once in one country are enough to warrant national media coverage here, yet still not a peep.   

The supposition by some that a “pneumonic plague” now has evolved seems to be speculation, but some of the autopsy reports are disturbing. 

My Ukrainian sources, many of whom have themselves been sick and seem to be getting better, all blame their politicians for pre-election hype, but that still does not explain the phenomenal infection rate, the speed of transmission, low death rate or the total lack of Western media coverage. 

Something very odd is going on here.

Below I reproduce a current British Internet posting on the "Ukraine Plague," which is representative of the few that are circulating today.

Implications?  Draw your own for now.  I have a few idle speculations that long-time followers of my thinking already can see forming, I suppose, but we need to see more data and history to say anything definitively.  All I can say for sure is ... something very odd is going on here.

And my intuition is that, whatever is going on, is more than a little significant.

A doctor in Western Ukraine who did not want to be named, said:” We have carried out post mortems on two victims and found their lungs are as black as charcoal.

“They look like they have been burned. It’s terrifying.”


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Fears that a deadly virus could spread west from Ukraine

Sunday November 15,2009

By Greg Miskiw

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A DEADLY plague could sweep across Europe, doctors fear, after an outbreak of a virus in Ukraine plunged the country and its neighbours into a state of panic.

A cocktail of three flu viruses are reported to have mutated into a single pneumonic plague, which it is believed may be far more dangerous than swine flu. The death toll has reached 189 and more than 1 million people have been infected, most of them in the nine regions of Western Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko has called in the World Health Organisation and a team of nine specialists are carrying out tests in Kiev and Lviv to identify the virus. Samples have been sent to London for analysis.

President Yushchenko said: “People are dying. The epidemic is killing doctors. This is absolutely inconceivable in the 21st Century.”

In a TV interview, the President added: “Unlike similar epidemics in other countries, three causes of serious viral infections came together simultaneously in Ukraine – two seasonal flus and the Californian flu

“Virologists conclude that this combination of infections may produce an even more aggressive new virus as a result of mutation.”

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been touring hospitals where victims are being treated and presidential elections in January could be cancelled .

Four men and one woman have died from the flu in Lviv, said emergency hospital chief doctor Myron Borysevych. Two of the dead patients were in the 22-35 age group, with two others over 60. He diagnosed the disease as viral pneumonia.

“We have sent the analyses to Kiev. We don’t believe it’s H1N1 swine flu. Neither do we know what kind of pneumonia it is.”

Universities, schools and kindergartens have been closed, public meetings have been banned and theatres shut. Last week several border crossings in the country were also closed.

Last night reports emerged of profiteering over face masks, which have sold out since the outbreak. There are also incidents of anti-virus medication being sold for exorbitant prices. A spokesman for the World Health Organisation said: “We do not have a time scale for the results of the tests in London, although some preliminary results have been obtained. I cannot tell you what they are.

“We did not have enough of the virus samples so we will have to grow some more before we can come to a conclusive decision about its nature.”

Neighbouring Poland has called on the EU to take action, fearing the mystery virus may spread westwards.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk has written to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and the Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, who holds the EU presidency, saying: “The character of this threat demands that rapid action be undertaken at the European Union level.”

Russia, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Romania, countries that border Ukraine, have already launched health checks on Ukrainians entering their territory.

Slovakia has closed two of five border crossings.

A doctor in Western Ukraine who did not want to be named, said:” We have carried out post mortems on two victims and found their lungs are as black as charcoal.

“They look like they have been burned. It’s terrifying.”


15.11.09, 11:52pm
Sad really, when I have to get this type of news from the alternative media to the MSM.
But then, the AM I source are more up to date and accurate in their reporting.
As long as the Express doesn't give us the correct news on swine flu etc, without the overhyping and giving publicity to the medical morons who have been GROSSLY overestimating fatalities, then I will continue to rely on them, not the Express.
And, it's about time the Express constantly slammed the REAL threat to this country: the treacherous, traitorous, treasonous lying **** Liebore party, which is not potentially destroying this country like the Express makes out the BNP would, but ACTUALLY doing so, with its deliberate, evil, hateful politically INcorrect agenda and not diversity but perversity.
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15.11.09, 8:22pm
Its actually 1.3 million affected and 282 dead...this report is a little dated.
British Scientists at Mill Hill are testing samples from Ukraine to see if there is a mutated strain,as many believe.Look forward to more reporting on this-which so far has been strangely absent from British Media.

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